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All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
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 ...
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All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/15/2012
  • Label: Telarc
  • UPC: 888072332218
  • Catalog Number: 33221
  • Sales rank: 9,183

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, Mastering
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, Mastering
Jimmy Seals Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 9, 2013

    Love John's new recording. This is one of his best. I feel fine

    Love John's new recording. This is one of his best. I feel fine is amazing.

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  • Posted May 28, 2013

    Tremendous record, very inventive mashup of pop/rock music and j

    Tremendous record, very inventive mashup of pop/rock music and jazz standards, really fun and creative, superb playing and singing. 

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