Alone Together: Alexander Jewel

22 May 2014

Alone Together: Alexander Jewel

“Alone Together” is the title of a composition, taken from the Broadway musical “Flying Colors”, signed by Howard Dietz and Arthur Schwartz in 1932. Over time it has become a famous jazz standard, it has been interpreted by many masters of the genre, from Ray Charles paired with Betty Carter, through Peggy Lee, to Chet Baker, Paul Desmond, Miles Davis, Grant Green and countless others.

In jazz practice it is a reason for study and creation to borrow structures and harmonies from pieces composed by other authors to try to give them new life and voice, with a view to opening up new and unprecedented points of view that are markedly personal.

As a tune to whistle, “Alone Together” therefore wants to be a collection of small works, portions extrapolated from songs already performed and written by others, which find themselves together for the first time on a blind date. A choir of fragments from different times and places, conceived in different years, in search of a fixed abode.

“Alone Together” is the song that tells us how Peter Paul Rubens can meet Frans Hals, Filippo De Pisis and Andrea Del Sarto at the same time that Théodore Géricault meets Henri Fantin Latour.

“Alone together” is the first rehearsal open to the public in Rivoli of a carefree wandering orchestra.
“Alone together, beyond the crowd
above the world, we’re not too proud
to cling together, we’re strong
as long as we’re together […]”