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"We Should Have Danced", the new album by Kris Adams Out Now!
(Published: October 15, 2018)

On Her 4th Album "We Should Have Danced", Kris Adams Sings the Music of Steve Prosser

Available Now!

Jazzbird Records is proud to announce oday's release of Kris Adams' long-awaited fourth album We Should Have Danced: The Music of Steve Prosser . Featuring Adams' original lyrics and arrangements by pianist Tim Ray, We Should Have Danced is a deeply personal, poignant collection of music featuring the compositions of the late Steve Prosser, Adams' former husband.

Beloved and respected by so many, Prosser lived a remarkable life as a Berklee College of Music professor for over thirty years; a decade of which was spent helming the ear training department as its chairman. On campus, Prosser was known for his passionate teaching style, talented musicianship and his larger than life persona. Prosser and Adams met at Berklee in 1981 and married in 1987. Though they separated in 2006, they remained close friends. "Besides being a master teacher, Steve was a vocalist, composer, jazz pianist, lawyer and bird lover. He loved to have his ear training students transcribe bird songs. And he and I had a running joke around the house. He would quiz me on which bird song we were hearing in the yard. Music was everything to him. Composing and arranging was something he loved to do but didn't have the desire to put his music out there. But I loved his music so making this CD is my gift to him," says Adams.

After Prosser's passing in 2012 at the age of 60, Adams came across a folder titled "Songs for CD" amongst the items left behind for her. Inside was a trove of Steve's original music with many of the tunes having been written during their 19 year marriage. Inspired in some cases by Prosser's poetry and in other cases, by the melodies themselves, Adams wrote lyrics to some of her favorites which then were arranged by Tim Ray. "My mind was filled with images and emotions, searching to put into words what I felt from the music that he wrote," says Adams. Bassist Paul Del Nero and flautist Fernando Brandão were then added to enrich the project.

Standout tracks include the autobiographical album opener "Prophecy", which tells of the couples' first meeting, the poignant "Summer Moon Above", which features lyrics pulled from Prosser's original poem "Less Than Nothing" and the hauntingly beautiful album closer "Without You", which Prosser originally titled "For Kris". Funny and quirky, Prosser titled one song "Mumbling" which Adams retitled "Imaginings" after writing the lyric. All of the songs were retitled by Adams except for the title track, "We Should Have Danced".

Four years in the making, "We Should Have Danced" is a poignant and commemorative body of music that not only celebrates the genius of Steve Prosser but the palpable love of these two creative musicians.

"Simply put, this is the story of our lives lived together".

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