Willie jazzer seg opp igjen
Som vi var inne på tidligere i sommer her på rootsy.nu, 2009 hadde så langt vært uvanlig stille fra Texas mest produktive rødhåring, da vi kunne fortelle at Willie snart slipper antologien »Lost Highway« (Lost Highway).
Hakk i hæl kommer »American Classic«, hans første soloplate for Blue Note. »American Classic« skal være Nelsons oppfølger til kjempeselgeren »Stardust«.
Her er en pressemelding fra All About Jazz Publicity:
On August 25, 2009, legendary singer Willie Nelson will be releasing American Classic, his first album of standards since his landmark 1978 masterpiece 'Stardust', and his solo debut for Blue Note Records.
Produced by Tommy LiPuma, American Classic features special guest appearances by Norah Jones and Diana Krall, string arrangements by Johnny Mandel, and a top shelf backing band that includes Nelson's longtime sidekick Mickey Raphael on harmonica, and such notable jazzmen as pianist Joe Sample, bassist Christian McBride, and drummer Lewis Nash.
While it's common now for mature pop artists to attempt to put their own stamp on the American Songbook, Nelson practically invented the approach. He set the standard for playing the standards with 'Stardust', perhaps this 'outlaw' entertainer's most daring move. The album went on to become the most successful album of his career thus far. It reached No 1 on the Billboard's Country Album's chart; racked up more than five million in sales; earned Nelson a Country Male Vocal Performance Grammy; and, most significantly, helped to transform a colorful, middle-aged cult figure into a mainstream star.
Encouraging Nelson to record “Stardust" was Bruce Lundvall, now President of Blue Note Records, who had the prescience to sign Nelson to Columbia in the '70s and, thirty years later, offer him a home at Blue Note. Nelson's first effort for the label was his acclaimed 2008 collaboration with trumpeter Wynton Marsalis, Two Men With the Blues, a spirited live set that garnered wide acclaim and debuted at No 20 on the Billboard pop chart.
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