Skip to content

John Pizzarelli – Midnight McCartney (2015) [Official Digital Download 24bit/44,1kHz]

John Pizzarelli – Midnight McCartney (2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 49:51 minutes | 557 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | © Concord Records

When Paul McCartney wrote John Pizzarelli a letter suggesting he record an album of the former Beatle’s songs, the jazz guitarist and singer quickly signed on.

“I got an idea got in my head,” McCartney wrote to Pizzarelli in late May 2014.  “It might be interesting for you to do a few of my songs that are lesser known than some of the others. I realize 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’ (from the soundtrack to 1967 film The Family Way), ‘Junk,’ ‘Warm and Beautiful’ and, possibly, ‘My Valentine.’”

McCartney concluded in his letter, “The attraction for me is lesser-known tunes done in a mellow jazz style and, if it gets some traction, maybe the album could be titled Midnight McCartney. As I said, this may tickle your fancy or you may decide these are the ramblings of a deranged composer with too much time on his hands.”
To say Pizzarelli was tickled is putting it mildly. Pizzarelli, his wife Jessica Molaskey – co-producer of Midnight McCartney – and pianist Larry Goldings immediately went into research mode, digging through McCartney’s albums of the last 45-plus years to find songs that could be re-harmonized and adapted for Pizzarelli’s trademark style.

Recorded at Jacob Burns Film Center and Media Arts Lab in Pleasantville, N.Y.

1 Silly Love Songs 03:51
2 My Love 04:26
3 Heart Of The Country 03:12
4 Coming Up 03:56
5 No More Lonely Nights 05:07
6 Warm And Beautiful 03:33
7 Hi, Hi, Hi 03:52
8 Junk 03:38
9 My Valentine 03:40
10 Let 02:54
11 Some People Never Know 03:23
12 Maybe I 04:01
13 Wonderful Christmastime 04:18

John Pizzarelli – Arranger, Guitar, Vocals, Vocals (Background)
Harry Allen – Sax (Tenor), Soliste
Hélio Alves – Piano
Chris Cardona – Viola
Duduka Dafonseca – Drums, Percussion
Katherine Fink – Flute (Alto)
Andy Fusco – Sax (Alto)
Larry Goldings – Arranger, Organ, Piano
Tony Kadleck – Trumpet
Kevin Kanner – Drums
Michael McDonald – Vocals (#4)
Jessica Molaskey – Vocals (Background)
John Mosca – Trombone
Konrad Paszkudzki – Bass, Piano
Mairi Dorman Phaneuf – Cello
Bucky Pizzarelli – Guitar (Rhythm), Soloist
Madeleine Pizzarelli – Vocals (Background)
Martin Pizzarelli – Bass
Don Sebesky – Orchestration
Pamela Sklar – Flute (Alto)
Paul Woodiel – Violin
Robin Zeh – Violin


%d bloggers like this: