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Midnight McCartney
     

Midnight McCartney

by John Pizzarelli
 

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John Pizzarelli lays it all out in the title of his 2015 album: this tribute to Paul McCartney is designed for play in the smoky late-night hours, when everything turns sweet and mellow. Furthermore, this is a tribute to McCartney, not the Beatles. There isn't a Fab song to be found here, as Pizzarelli focuses entirely on Paul's solo work

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John Pizzarelli lays it all out in the title of his 2015 album: this tribute to Paul McCartney is designed for play in the smoky late-night hours, when everything turns sweet and mellow. Furthermore, this is a tribute to McCartney, not the Beatles. There isn't a Fab song to be found here, as Pizzarelli focuses entirely on Paul's solo work (for these intents and purposes, this includes Wings records), concentrating on the '70s but also sliding McCartney's Great American Songbook wannabe "My Valentine" into the mix. Pizzarelli digs up a few other obscurities -- the early Wings song "Some People Never Know," the Speed of Sound deep cut "Warm and Beautiful" -- and he also plays around with expectations, making "Let 'Em In" swing like mad and relaxing "Hi Hi Hi" so it doesn't rock, it grooves. He also invites Michael McDonald to sing on "Coming Up," which swaggers like Sinatra in Vegas, but for as delightful as that is, the key to the record's success is Pizzarelli himself, who delivers upon the laid-back promise of the title but is savvier than he needed to be, which is why Midnight McCartney satisfies.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/11/2015
Label:
Concord Records
UPC:
0888072376342
catalogNumber:
37634
Rank:
16014

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Performance Credits

John Pizzarelli   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
Michael McDonald   Vocals
Larry Goldings   Organ,Piano
Bucky Pizzarelli   Rhythm Guitar,Soloist
Harry Allen   Tenor Saxophone
Andy Fusco   Alto Saxophone
Tony Kadleck   Trumpet
John Mosca   Trombone
Martin Pizzarelli   Bass
Pamela Sklar   Alto Flute
Paul Woodiel   Violin
Helio Alves   Piano
Robin Zeh   Violin
Jessica Molaskey   Background Vocals
Katherine Fink   Alto Flute
Mairi Dorman Phaneuf   Cello
Kevin Kanner   Drums
Chris Cardona   Viola
Konrad Paszkudzki   Bass,Piano
Madeleine Pizzarelli   Background Vocals
Duduka Dafonseca   Percussion,Drums

Technical Credits

Paul McCartney   Composer
Larry Goldings   Arranger
Harry Allen   Soliste
Don Sebesky   Orchestration
Linda McCartney   Composer
John Pizzarelli   Arranger,Producer
Jessica Molaskey   Producer
Bill Moss   Engineer

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