Midnight Mccartney John Pizzarelli

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Label: Concord Records

Genre: Jazz

Subgenre: Vocal

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  • 1Silly Love Songs03:51
  • 2My Love04:25
  • 3Heart of the Country03:11
  • 4Coming Up 03:56
  • 5No More Lonely Nights05:07
  • 6Warm and Beautiful03:33
  • 7Hi, Hi, Hi03:52
  • 8Junk03:38
  • 9My Valentine03:39
  • 10Let 'Em In02:53
  • 11Some People Never Know03:23
  • 12Maybe I'm Amazed04:00
  • 13Wonderful Christmastime04:17
  • Total Runtime49:45

Info for Midnight Mccartney

In the spring of 2014 Paul approached world-renowned guitarist and singer John Pizzarelli to record some of his songs, mostly post-Beatles and some lesser known, in John’s signature jazz style.

Paul wrote to Pizzarelli suggesting: “It might be interesting for you and Bucky to do a few of my songs that are lesser known than some of the others. I realise this may be a little immodest, if not pushy. I imagine the songs would include post-Beatles melodies of mine like 'Love in the Open Air', 'Junk,' 'Warm and Beautiful' and, possibly, 'My Valentine.'”

This idea became Midnight McCartney. John approached the songs with delicacy and warmth, writing jazz arrangements with the help of his wife, vocalist Jessica Molaskey and pianist Larry Goldings. John’s brother Martin is on bass and his legendary father, Bucky Pizzarelli, adds guitar.

Enjoy this unique and different take on some of Paul’s most loved songs.

"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." (Stephen Thomas Erlewine, AMG)

John Pizzarelli, guitar, vocals
Helio Alves, piano
Konrad Paszkudzki, piano
Larry Goldings, organ
Andy Fusco, alto saxophone
Harry Allen, tenor saxophone
John Mosca, trombone
Tony Kadleck, trumpet
Martin Pizzarelli, bass
Kevin Kanner, drums
Duduka Da Fonseca, drums, percussion
Jessica Molaskey, backing vocals
Madeleine Pizzarelli, backing vocals

John Pizzarelli
has cultivated a winning international career by singing classic standards and late-night ballads, and by playing sublime and inventive guitar. Using greats like Nat “King” Cole and Frank Sinatra and the songs of writers like Sammy Cahn and Jimmy Van Heusen as touchstones, Pizzarelli is among the prime revivalists of the great American songbook, bringing to his work the cool jazz flavor of his brilliant guitar playing.

Born on April 6, 1960, in Paterson, New Jersey, Pizzarelli has been playing guitar since age six, following in the tradition of his father, guitar legend Bucky Pizzarelli. Hanging out with his father, John was exposed to all the great jazz music of the era, from Erroll Garner and Les Paul to Django Reinhardt. He began playing with his father at age 20, then went out on his own. Since 1992, the John Pizzarelli Trio has toured extensively. In 1993, they were honored to open for Frank Sinatra's international tour and then joined in the celebration for his 80th birthday at Carnegie Hall.

John Pizzarelli’s voice has continued to develop with time, displaying both charm and humor. He has recorded as a bandleader for RCA, Chesky, Stash and Novus, and in 1997 appeared in the Broadway musical Dream, a revue of Johnny Mercer songs. Along the way, Pizzarelli has earned rave reviews. “The John Pizzarelli Trio has never been tighter, and Pizzarelli himself has never been looser,” the Village Voice said of a recent New York show. “We can say we’re as lucky to listen to (Pizzarelli) as Nat Cole fans were in the years before he became a legend.” Pizzarelli was also named “Jazz Vocalist of the Year” by Swing Journal in their Readers Poll.

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