With notable collaborations and fresh arrangements, Paul Simon revisits and lends new perspective to ten of his personal favorites from his body of work.
Legendary songwriter, recording artist and performer Paul Simon releases his 14th studio album "In The Blue Light". Produced by Simon and Roy Halee, who have worked together since the 1960s, the album features a talented cast of musicians who have joined Simon to lend fresh perspectives on 10 of the artist's favorite (though perhaps less-familiar) songs, drawn from his unparalleled body of work.
Revisiting his repertoire, Simon has selected songs originally appearing on There Goes Rhymin' Simon (1973), Still Crazy After All These Years (1975), One-Trick Pony (1980), Hearts and Bones (1983), The Rhythm of The Saints (1990), You're The One (2000) and So Beautiful Or So What (2011), refreshing and transforming the compositions through new arrangements and collaborations.
Among the many musicians joining Simon on In The Blue Light are jazz icons trumpeter Wynton Marsalis, guitarist Bill Frisell, and drummers Jack DeJohnette and Steve Gadd. Two of the compositions were recorded with the New York-based chamber ensemble sextet yMusic, "Can't Run But" and "Rene and Georgette Magritte with Their Dog After the War."
Simon explains in the album's liner notes, "It's an unusual occurrence for an artist to have the opportunity to revisit earlier works and re-think them; to modify, even completely change parts of the originals.
"Happily, this opportunity also gave me the gift of playing with an extraordinary group of musicians, most of whom I hadn't recorded with before. I hope the listener will find these new versions of old songs refreshed, like a new coat of paint on the walls of an old family home."
Paul Simon is a member of the Songwriters Hall of Fame and has been inducted into the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame, both as a member of Simon & Garfunkel and as a solo artist.
The track "Can't Run But" features arrangement by Bryce Dessner based on the original arrangement from Rhythm of the Saints by Marco Antônio Guimarães. "Pigs, Sheep and Wolves" is arranged by Wynton Marsalis.
yMusic is CJ Camerieri (trumpet, piccolo trumpet), Alex Sopp (flute, alto flute), Hideaki Aomori (clarinet, bass clarinet), Rob Moose (violin), Nadia Sirota (viola), and Gabriel Cabezas (cello).
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Paul Simon, vocals, percussion, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, harmonium
Joel Wenhardt, piano (1)
Nate Smith, drums (1, 4)
Jim Oblon, guitar (1)
John Patitucci, bass (1, 4, 8, 9, 10)
Edie Brickell, finger snaps (1)
CJ Camerieri, trumpet (1)
Andy Snitzer, saxophone (1)
Bill Frisell, electric guitar (2, 8, 10)
Steve Gadd, drums (2, 8)
Renaud Garcia-Fons, bass (2, 7), percussion (7)
yMusic (3, 6, 8)
Sullivan Fortner, piano (4, 9), celeste (9), harmonium, chromelodeon (10)
Wynton Marsalis, trumpet (4, 5)
Dan Block, clarinet (5)
Walter Blanding, saxophone (5, 7)
Wycliffe Gordon, tuba (5)
Chris Crenshaw, trombone (5)
Marion Felder, drums (5)
Herlin Riley, tambourine (5)
Odair Assad, guitar (7)
Sergio Assad, guitar (7)
Jamey Haddad, percussion (7)
Vincent Nguini, electric guitar (8)
Mark Stewart, acoustic guitar (8)
Jack DeJohnette, drums (9)
Joe Lovano, saxophone (9)
Skip LaPlante, percussion (10)
1. One Man's Ceiling Is Another Man's Floor
3. Can't Run But
4. How The Heart Approaches What It Yearns
5. Pigs, Sheep And Wolves
1. Rene And Georgette Magritte With Their Dog After The War
2. The Teacher
3. Darling Lorraine
4. Some Folks' Lives Roll Easy
5. Questions For The Angels