Map to the Treasure: Reimagining Laura Nyro

Map to the Treasure: Reimagining Laura Nyro

by Billy Childs
     
 

A technically adroit pianist with an ear for sensitive, emotive accompaniment, Billy Childs has built a career primarily around backing other artists, including trumpeter Freddie Hubbard, vocalist Dianne Reeves, and trumpeter Chris Botti. Although he's recorded a number of superb solo dates, on 2014's Map to the Treasure:See more details below

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A technically adroit pianist with an ear for sensitive, emotive accompaniment, Billy Childs has built a career primarily around backing other artists, including trumpeter Freddie Hubbard, vocalist Dianne Reeves, and trumpeter Chris Botti. Although he's recorded a number of superb solo dates, on 2014's Map to the Treasure: Reimagining Laura Nyro, Childs once again sets himself just outside of the spotlight as he gathers various musical friends to pay homage to his longtime idol, the late singer/songwriter Laura Nyro. Having discovered Nyro's emotive and lyrically thoughtful genre-crossing folk recordings in his teens while studying jazz and classical music at the University of Southern California's Community School for the Performing Arts, Childs would eventually get to work with Nyro prior to her death from ovarian cancer in 1997. One gets the sense that in an ideal world, Childs might have recorded this album with Nyro herself as a kind of retrospective anthology. In lieu of that poignant fantasy, here Childs, along with producer and former USC Community Schools classmate Larry Klein, have reinterpreted a handful of Nyro's songs, taking an ambitious, cross-genre approach that balances the intimate folk of her original recordings with a layered jazz and symphonic pop sound. Along with the aforementioned Reeves and Botti, Childs is joined by such like-minded luminaries as vocalist Renee Fleming, cellist Yo-Yo Ma, singer/songwriter Rickie Lee Jones, bassist/vocalist Esperanza Spalding, saxophonist Wayne Shorter, and others. Ultimately, with Map to the Treasure, Childs doesn't simply reimagine Nyro's songs as elevate them in a spiritual and heartfelt celebration of her life and music.

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Product Details

Release Date:
09/09/2014
Label:
Masterworks
UPC:
0888430665729
catalogNumber:
306657
Rank:
28579

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Billy Childs   Primary Artist,Piano,Celeste,Wurlitzer
Jerry Douglas   Dobro
Alison Krauss   Vocals,Background Vocals
Shawn Colvin   Vocals
Rickie Lee Jones   Vocals
Wayne Shorter   Soprano Saxophone
Yo-Yo Ma   Cello
Steve Wilson   Alto Saxophone
Lisa Fischer   Vocals
Brian Blade   Drums
Chris Botti   Trumpet
Vinnie Colaiuta   Drums
Scott Colley   Bass
Renée Fleming   Vocals
Dean Parks   Guitar
Chris Potter   Tenor Saxophone
Dianne Reeves   Vocals
Carol Robbins   Harp
Mark Robertson   Violin
Dan Tyminski   Background Vocals
Jay Bellerose   Percussion
Susan Tedeschi   Vocals
Ledisi   Vocals
Esperanza Spalding   Vocals
Alyssa Park   Violin
Becca Stevens   Vocals
Luke Maurer   Viola
Vanessa Freebairn-Smith   Cello
Carlitos Del Puerto   Bass
Sara Andon   Flute
Jen Choi-Fischer   Violin

Technical Credits

Laura Nyro   Composer
Billy Childs   Arranger,Liner Notes,Orchestration,Track Annotations
Joe Blaney   Engineer
Neal Cappellino   Engineer
Bernie Grundman   Mastering
Larry Klein   Producer,Liner Notes
Ed Tuton   Engineer
Gabe Veltri   Engineer
Josh Cheuse   Art Direction
Rich Breen   Engineer
Myles Weinstein   Executive Producer
Eileen Silver Lillywhite   Liner Notes
Laura Kszan   Product Development
Jennifer Liebeskind   Product Development
John Weston   Engineer
Ryan Carr   Engineer
Heather Donavon   Personal Assistant
Lynne Earles   Engineer

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