Double Exposure

Double Exposure

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by John Pizzarelli
     
 
On this album, jazz guitarist and singer John Pizzarelli pays simultaneous tribute to the pop music of his adolescence (Steely Dan, Billy Joel, the Allman Brothers, Elvis Costello) and the jazz tradition in which he, as a member of the

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On this album, jazz guitarist and singer John Pizzarelli pays simultaneous tribute to the pop music of his adolescence (Steely Dan, Billy Joel, the Allman Brothers, Elvis Costello) and the jazz tradition in which he, as a member of the celebrated Pizzarelli dynasty, was steeped from his earliest years. The album title refers to the fact that the program takes classic pop songs and puts them in jazz settings: thus you'll hear a cool bossa nova arrangement of Joni Mitchell's "Free Man in Paris," a completely natural lounge-lizard setting of Tom Waits' "Drunk on the Moon," and a hard-swinging, boppish version of James Taylor's "Traffic Jam" that sounds like it was written for the Manhattan Transfer and incorporates the Joe Henderson composition "The Kicker." There's nothing particularly revolutionary about this idea: the line separating pop music and jazz has always been fuzzy anyway, and many jazz standards are actually show tunes. But Pizzarelli is an unusually gifted arranger as well as a drop-dead wonderful guitarist, and on several of these arrangements he suggests entirely new ways of thinking about these familiar songs. Consider, for example, his subtly elegant use of organ and violin on Neil Young's "Harvest Moon," or the way he sneaks material from Wes Montgomery's "Four on Six" into a snappy rendition of the Allman Brothers' instrumental "In Memory of Elizabeth Reed." It's also true that Pizzarelli is not gifted with a conventionally beautiful voice. He is, however, an excellent singer: listen the how he makes the most of what he's got on his voice-and-guitar bossa nova setting of Billy Joel's "Rosalinda's Eyes." What's charming about this album, beyond the sheer quality of the songs and the arrangements, is Pizzarelli's obvious and genuine love for this really broad gamut of material, and his insight into the varied qualities that make them all great songs.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/15/2012
Label:
Telarc
UPC:
0888072332218
catalogNumber:
33221
Rank:
95094

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

John Pizzarelli   Primary Artist,Vocals,Classical Guitar
Larry Goldings   Organ
Kenny Berger   Bass Clarinet,Baritone Saxophone
Larry Fuller   Piano,Electric Piano
Andy Fusco   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Tony Kadleck   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
John Mosca   Trombone,Euphonium
Martin Pizzarelli   Bass
Tony Tedesco   Drums
Jessica Molaskey   Vocals
Aaron Weinstein   Violin

Technical Credits

Donald Fagen   Composer
Billy Joel   Composer
John Lennon   Composer
Paul McCartney   Composer
Michael McDonald   Composer
Joni Mitchell   Composer
James Taylor   Composer
Tom Waits   Composer
Neil Young   Composer
Joe Henderson   Composer
Jerry Leiber   Composer
John Pizzarelli   Composer,Producer,Liner Notes
Mike Stoller   Composer
Billy Strayhorn   Composer
Declan MacManus   Composer
Forrest Richard Betts   Composer
Darrell Crofts   Composer
Jessica Molaskey   Composer
Larissa Collins   Art Direction
Albert J. Roman   Cover Design
Edward Lee Morgan   Composer
Bill Moss   Engineer
Jimmy Seals   Composer

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Double Exposure 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love John's new recording. This is one of his best. I feel fine is amazing.
pjrcpa More than 1 year ago
Tremendous record, very inventive mashup of pop/rock music and jazz standards, really fun and creative, superb playing and singing.