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Jeni Slotchiver invites you to open the door to the past on 'American Heritage' / Russell Trunk's Exclusive magazine

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If you are not in the know, in a socio-politically charged year when our understanding of African American history has been in the spotlight and challenged like few times in the past, music can serve as a great instructor.

 

If you think you know American Music, veteran NY based classical pianist and well-traveled concert performer Jeni Slotchiver invites you to open the door to the past deeper than you ever might have imagined on American Heritage.

 

A quite extraordinary work paying homage primarily to African American composers of the 19th and early 20th Century, whose works laid the foundations of later forms of music like jazz, blues and R&B, Jeni's new album is truly one for the ages.

 

On these beautifully engaging and at all times comforting 18 tracks (where she balances slave songs with Union Army hymns, sea shanties and secular dances and spirituals), and of which you will have no trouble recognizing (whilst at the same time appreciating their new compositions), Jeni opens with Samuel Coleridge Taylor's delicately beautiful 'Deep River' and backs that up with the upbeat, reverent 'Troubled Water' (itself a track by Margaret Bonds, based on the spiritual 'Wade in the Water').

 

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