Title Of Album: Midnight McCartney
Year Of Release: 2015
Genre: Jazz Pop, Vocals
Label: Concord Records
Quality: 320 kbps, 44.1 Khz
Total Time: 48:58
Total Size: 116 MB
01. Silly Love Songs (3:47)
02. My Love (4:21)
03. Heart Of The Country (3:08)
04. Coming Up (3:52)
05. No More Lonely Nights (5:03)
06. Warm And Beautiful (3:29)
07. Hi, Hi, Hi (3:47)
08. Junk (3:38)
09. My Valentine (3:35)
10. Let ‘em In (2:47)
11. Some People Never Know (3:19)
12. Maybe I’m Amazed (3:55)
13. Wonderful Christmastime (4:11)
"My Valentine" was the one McCartney composition on his album of songs from the '30s and '40s, Kisses on the Bottom (MPL/Hear Music/Concord). Pizzarelli played guitar on the album and backed Sir Paul on a handful of prestigious live performances, including the GRAMMY Awards, MusiCares Person of the Year gala and the initial iTunes/Apple TV live broadcast. 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 John 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. The beauty of the project was having a lot of time to sit and listen to these things and make sure it was right, Pizzarelli says. "There were a lot of things we had never done before a lot of background vocals, additional horns and handclaps. That really made it into something."
And like most Pizzarelli records, it's a family affair: wife Jessica Molaskey co-produced the album and provides background vocals; John's father Bucky adds rhythm guitar on several tracks and a stunning solo on "Junk"; brother Martin is on bass throughout; and teenage daughter Madeline got into the act, transcribing "Warm and Beautiful" for her father to sing in a different key. "We're McCartney fans and this is our way of letting people know these are good songs", he says. "It's a take on the songs within a style we're comfortable with. If one became a hit, we'd be fine with playing it for the next 20 years."