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Peggy's Blue Skylight
     

Peggy's Blue Skylight

by Andy Summers
 
Having taken on the imperishable music of Thelonious Monk on his previous album Green Chimneys, former Police guitarist Andy Summers now turns his sights on Charles Mingus, the great jazz bassist, bandleader, and composer. Summers believes in the radical revision, making what he will from Mingus's strong, often poignant melodies: "Boogie Stop Shuffle" gets

Overview

Having taken on the imperishable music of Thelonious Monk on his previous album Green Chimneys, former Police guitarist Andy Summers now turns his sights on Charles Mingus, the great jazz bassist, bandleader, and composer. Summers believes in the radical revision, making what he will from Mingus's strong, often poignant melodies: "Boogie Stop Shuffle" gets transformed into a reggae-driven romp fueled by wha-wha guitar; "Tonight at Noon" becomes an explosive Hendrix-like rave-up; "Reincarnation of a Love Bird" is given a moody, Indian-inflected vibe that also spotlights Summer's jazzy picking. Deborah Harry pitches in with an effective vocal reading of "Weird Nightmare," and rapper Q-Tip graces "Goodbye Porkpie Hat"/"Where Can a Man Find Peace?" while the Kronos Quartet bathe the affecting "Myself When I Am Real" in graceful classical shades. Summers obviously loves this music, but he's not about to worship at Mingus's alter. His imaginative infusion of rock and postmodern elements brings new vitality to the work.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Zac Johnson
In a similar vein as his 1999 release Green Chimneys: The Music of Thelonious Monk, guitarist Summers now offers tribute to jazz pioneer Charles Mingus. The collection is a little cobbled together, with an ill-conceived rap from Q-Tip over "Goodbye Pork Pie Hat" and a sparse, unfunky reading of "Cumbia Jazz Fusion," but the former Policeman's bright guitar work works hard at tying it all together. Making more admirable guest spots are Randy Brecker bringing his crossover jazz trumpet to "Boogie Stop Shuffle," Deborah Harry singing on "Weird Nightmare," and the genre-bending Kronos Quartet performing a string arrangement of the final track "Myself." While at times overproduced and slick, Summers must be commended for approaching Mingus' daunting music head on and adapting it as his own.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/26/2000
Label:
Rca
UPC:
0090266367924
catalogNumber:
63679

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Performance Credits

Andy Summers   Primary Artist,Guitar
John Novello   Hammond Organ
Hank Roberts   Cello
Nick Ariondo   Accordion
Randy Brecker   Trumpet
Dave Carpenter   Bass
Hank Dutt   Viola
Curtis Fowlkes   Trombone
David Harrington   Violin
Brian Kilgore   Percussion
Roy Nathanson   Alto Saxophone
Q-Tip   Vocals
Michito Sánchez   Percussion
John Sherba   Violin
Joel Taylor   Drums
Jennifer Culp   Cello
Robert Thomas   Violin

Technical Credits

Andy Summers   Producer
Norman Moore   Art Direction
Eddie King   Producer

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