Meets the Beatles

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All Music Guide - Jonathan Widran
Beatles fans love to explain that the key to the successful partnership of John Lennon and Paul McCartney was their contrasting songwriting personalities -- Lennon was the tongue in cheek sardonic wit, McCartney the earnest balladeer. On John Pizzarelli Meets the Beatles, a sharply conceived tribute which sets the duo's classics in a jazz trio with big-band arrangements, the singer/guitarist hits the mark more often when he's taking on the Lennon persona. He approaches "Cant' Buy Me Love," "When I'm 64," and "Get Back" with a playful wink, jumping off his speedy melody lines and the rising brass sections for extended improvisational tradeoffs with pianist Ray Kennedy, ...
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All Music Guide - Jonathan Widran
Beatles fans love to explain that the key to the successful partnership of John Lennon and Paul McCartney was their contrasting songwriting personalities -- Lennon was the tongue in cheek sardonic wit, McCartney the earnest balladeer. On John Pizzarelli Meets the Beatles, a sharply conceived tribute which sets the duo's classics in a jazz trio with big-band arrangements, the singer/guitarist hits the mark more often when he's taking on the Lennon persona. He approaches "Cant' Buy Me Love," "When I'm 64," and "Get Back" with a playful wink, jumping off his speedy melody lines and the rising brass sections for extended improvisational tradeoffs with pianist Ray Kennedy, and adding colorful touches like scatting and even ad libbing his own lyrical verses based on the originals. Likewise, he attacks the all-instrumental "Eleanor Rigby" with a jumpy, swinging aggression. Pizzarelli, however, becomes overly schmaltzy in presenting ballads like "You've Got to Hide Your Love Away" and "Long and Winding Road" too seriously, with maudlin, straightforward arrangements that grind the party to a halt. The one exception is the more percussive "Oh Darling," where his intense vocal helps the tune rise above the hotel lounge mentality.
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  • Release Date: 4/4/2007
  • Label: Tombstone Records
  • EAN: 4988017647424
  • Catalog Number: 37562

Album Credits

Performance Credits
John Pizzarelli Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals
Ray Kennedy Piano
Don Sebesky Accordion, Conductor, Flute, Strings
Andy Fusco Alto Saxophone, Saxophone
Joseph Bongiorno Bass
John Miller Bass
Martin Pizzarelli Bass
Douglas Romoff Bass
Stephanie Cummins Cello
Adam Grabois Cello
Chungsun Kim Cello
Jeanne LeBlanc Cello
Jesse Levy Cello
Melissa Meel Cello
Ken Peplowski Clarinet
Tony Tedesco Drums
Peter Laurence Gordon Horn
Sammy Figueroa Percussion
Kenny Berger Saxophone
Gary Keller Saxophone
Chuck Wilson Saxophone
Harry Allen Tenor Saxophone
Wayne Andre Trombone
John Mosca Trombone
Jim Pugh Trombone
Allen Ralph Trombone
Tony Kadleck Trumpet
Jim O'Connor Trumpet
Barry Ries Trumpet
Ron Tooley Trumpet
Kenneth Burward-Hoy Viola
Juliet Haffner Viola
Maxine Roach Viola
Mitsue Takayama Viola
Liuh-Wen Ting Viola
Leslie Tomkins Viola
Sanford Allen Violin
Alfred Brown Violin
Avril Brown Violin
Rick Dolan Violin
Max Ellen Violin
Barry Finclair Violin
Evan Johnson Violin
Karen Karlsrud Violin
Lisa Matricardi Violin
Laura Oatts Violin
Joel Pitchon Violin
Laura Seaton Violin
Richard Sortomme Violin
Belinda Whitney-Barratt Violin
Xin Zhao Violin
Peter Gordon Horn
Technical Credits
Don Sebesky Arranger, Orchestration, Producer
John Pizzarelli Arranger, Producer
Jim Czak Engineer
Bernie Grundman Mastering
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