Songs, Stories & Spirituals

Songs, Stories & Spirituals

by John PatitucciJohn Patitucci


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As its title states, John Patitucci’s new album covers a lot of ground. What ties it all together is his superb bass playing and his impressive compositional skills. An invaluable player whose credentials include important collaborations with Chick Corea and Wayne Shorter, Patitucci has also made a series of increasingly creative albums as a leader since the 1980s. On Songs, Stories & Spirituals, he merges work of a religious nature (“I Will Arise,” Holst’s “In the Bleak Midwinter”), lyrical instrumentals (“Rhapsodic Journey,” “Soulmate”), Latin-tinged material (Jobim’s “Chovendo na Roseria,” Luciana Souza’s “Now the River,” Djavan’s “Lei”), and straightforward jazz (“Tall Tale,” Rodgers & Hart’s “It Never Entered My Mind”) to create a compelling musical mix. As a bassist (both acoustic and electric), Patitucci is a wonder, his superb technique matched by his lustrous sound. He surrounds himself with first-class support players as well, including pianist Ed Simon, drummer Brian Blade (his rhythm section partner in Shorter’s band), and singer John Thomas. Cellist Elizabeth Patitucci and Brazilian expatriate vocalist and composer Luciana Souza are given prominent spots as well. The album concludes with a bass-and-drum duet on Coltrane’s “Wise One,” a persuasive feature that connects Patitucci’s nod to the past with his vision for the future.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/11/2003
Label: Concord Records
UPC: 0013431214922
catalogNumber: 2149
Rank: 87728

Album Credits

Performance Credits

John Patitucci   Primary Artist,Acoustic Bass,6-string bass,6-string Electric Bass
Brian Blade   Percussion,Drums
Tim Ries   Flute,Alto Flute
Sachi Patitucci   Cello
Thomas Patitucci   Guitar (Nylon String)
Richard Rood   Violin
John Charles Thomas   Vocals
Luciana Souza   Vocals
Eddie Simon   Percussion,Piano
Lawrence Dutton   Viola
Elizabeth Lim-Dutton   Violin

Technical Credits

Gustav Holst   Composer
John Patitucci   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Orchestration
Richard Rodgers   Composer
Joe Barbaria   Engineer
John Burk   Executive Producer
John Coltrane   Composer
Lorenz Hart   Composer
Antonio Carlos Jobim   Composer
Abbey Anna   Art Direction
Glen Barros   Executive Producer
Christina Rossetti   Composer
Luciana Souza   Arranger,Composer
Joseph Hart   Composer

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