While The City Sleeps...


E. J. Decker's debut album, While the City Sleeps... (Candela Records), offers 11 jazz standards, re-arranged by Decker, plus his lush original ballad, "(We're) Strangers Now."

This nocturnal album celebrates The Night... as only its denizens experience it: "where the tail lights of cabs glow magically on rain-slicked streets ... as people move expectantly towards the excitement of the next block, the next doorway ... where love is won, lost, won through countless repetition ... where people become the person they imagine themselves to be ... where the darkness hides the loss and the need ... where all is possibility, where there are always the blues—and where there is always a tomorrow night..."

Full streams of the songs from While the City Sleeps... on Candela Records are below. We hope you enjoy them.

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1) While The City Sleeps 5:16
(Charles Strouse / Lee Adams)
Helene Blue Musique, Ltd.

2) Magnet 5:26
(Ray Passman / Herb Wasserman)
Raybird Music, Inc. / Kips Bay Music

3) Tenderly 4:47
(Walter Gross / Jack Lawrence)
Edwin H. Morris & Co., a Div. of MPL Communications, Inc.

4) It’s Just A Matter Of Time 4:26
(Clyde Otis / Brook Benton / Belford Hendricks)
Alley Music Corp. / Trio Music Corp. / Iza Music Corp.

5) (We’re) Strangers Now 5:20
(E. J. Decker)
Mrs. Coleman Music

6) Since I Met You Baby 4:23
(Ivory Joe Hunter)
Hill & Range Songs

7) How To Handle A Woman 4:13
(Alan Jay Lerner / Frederick Loewe)
Warner Chappell Music

8) Anything You Wanna Do (I Wanna Do With You) 3:30
(Ray Passman / Phil Medley)
EMI Longitude Music

9) Brother, Can You Spare A Dime? 5:24
(Jay Gorney / E. A. “Yip” Harburg)
Gorney Music / Next Decade Inc.

10) I Could Have Told You 5:16
(Carl Sigman / James Van Heusen)
Music Sales Corp. / Major Songs Music

11) Sea Cruise 2:38
(Huey “Piano” Smith)
Warner-Tamerlane Music

12) You Don’t Know Me 5:29
(Cindy Walker / Eddy Arnold)
Hill & Range Songs


E. J. Decker – vocals, arranger, producer, photography, design
Randy Sandke – trumpet, horn arr. on track 6
Bob Kindred – tenor saxophone
Les Kurtz – piano
Dave Hofstra – bass
Tom Melito – drums

Michael Brorby, Acoustic Recording – tracking & mix engineer
Katherine Miller – mastering engineer

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