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Niel Gow's Lament

from Aim to Stay (Complete Edition) by William Chernoff

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"Niel Gow's Lament" was written by Scottish fiddler Niel Gow (1727-1807). The tune is fully titled in proper "Niel Gow's Lament For the Death of His Second Wife".

This "Celtic jazz" recording continues the release of material from William Chernoff's prolific Aim to Stay sessions (2015-16). It features his two original bandmates: trumpeter Thad Bailey-Mai and pianist Jonny Tobin. The drummer on this session, Carson Tworow, lays out for this ballad arrangement.

Chernoff learned the tune from the repertoire of North Shore Celtic Ensemble, a group who employed him from roughly 2014-2019. At the time of making this recording, he was about to leave for a two-week tour of Scotland with the group. Chernoff also added "Niel Gow's Lament" to his folk band's live set.

Fiddle music enthusiasts or jazz harmony experts (perhaps the intersection of both?) will enjoy Chernoff's detailed arrangement, but the emotional appeal of this recording doesn't require either set of knowledge.

Chernoff claims that he might have performed "Niel Gow's Lament" more times than any other composition in his career to date -- making his intimate, personal rendition of the tune poignant.


from Aim to Stay (Complete Edition), track released November 13, 2020
Music arranged by William Ross Chernoff (SOCAN)

William Chernoff - bass guitar

Thad Bailey-Mai - trumpet

Jonny Tobin - grand piano

Produced by William Chernoff

Recorded at Monarch Studios in Vancouver, BC by Elisa Pangsaeng on July 4th, 2016

Mixed by Garrett Trojanek

Mastered with LANDR

Art by Nicole M. Shewchuk

Special thanks to Tom Dobrzanski


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William Chernoff Vancouver, British Columbia

My name’s Will and I'm currently a jazz musician, YouTuber, and writer.

Jazz bassist and composer William Chernoff is an independent artist who presents all-original music. His most successful works to date are the Bill Frisell-inspired instrumental "Little Mylk (Discovery)" and the funk tune "Lutin" which recalls Herbie Hancock. Chernoff is one of Canada’s most prolific jazz composers under 30. ... more

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