Meets the Beatles

Meets the Beatles

by John PizzarelliJohn Pizzarelli


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Beatles fans love to explain that the key to the successful partnership of John Lennon and Paul McCartney was their contrasting songwriting personalities -- Lennon was the tongue in cheek sardonic wit, McCartney the earnest balladeer. On John Pizzarelli Meets the Beatles, a sharply conceived tribute which sets the duo's classics in a jazz trio with big-band arrangements, the singer/guitarist hits the mark more often when he's taking on the Lennon persona. He approaches "Cant' Buy Me Love," "When I'm 64," and "Get Back" with a playful wink, jumping off his speedy melody lines and the rising brass sections for extended improvisational tradeoffs with pianist Ray Kennedy, and adding colorful touches like scatting and even ad libbing his own lyrical verses based on the originals. Likewise, he attacks the all-instrumental "Eleanor Rigby" with a jumpy, swinging aggression. Pizzarelli, however, becomes overly schmaltzy in presenting ballads like "You've Got to Hide Your Love Away" and "Long and Winding Road" too seriously, with maudlin, straightforward arrangements that grind the party to a halt. The one exception is the more percussive "Oh Darling," where his intense vocal helps the tune rise above the hotel lounge mentality.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/09/1999
Label: Rca
UPC: 0743216143221
catalogNumber: 61432

Album Credits

Performance Credits

John Pizzarelli   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Ray Kennedy   Piano
Don Sebesky   Accordion,Conductor,Flute,Strings
Andy Fusco   Alto Saxophone
Joseph Bongiorno   Bass
John Miller   Bass
Martin Pizzarelli   Bass
Douglas Romoff   Bass
Stephanie Cummins   Cello
Adam Grabois   Cello
Chungsun Kim   Cello
Jeanne LeBlanc   Cello
Jesse Levy   Cello
Melissa Meel   Cello
Ken Peplowski   Clarinet
Tony Tedesco   Drums
Peter Laurence Gordon   Horn
Sammy Figueroa   Percussion
Kenny Berger   Saxophone
Gary Keller   Saxophone
Chuck Wilson   Saxophone
Harry Allen   Tenor Saxophone
Wayne Andre   Trombone
John Mosca   Trombone
Jim Pugh   Trombone
Allen Ralph   Trombone
Tony Kadleck   Trumpet
Jim O'Connor   Trumpet
Barry Ries   Trumpet
Ron Tooley   Trumpet
Kenneth Burward-Hoy   Viola
Juliet Haffner   Viola
Maxine Roach   Viola
Mitsue Takayama   Viola
Liuh-Wen Ting   Viola
Leslie Tomkins   Viola
Sanford Allen   Violin
Alfred Brown   Violin
Avril Brown   Violin
Rick Dolan   Violin
Max Ellen   Violin
Barry Finclair   Violin
Evan Johnson   Violin
Karen Karlsrud   Violin
Lisa Matricardi   Violin
Laura Oatts   Violin
Joel Pitchon   Violin
Laura Seaton   Violin
Richard Sortomme   Violin
Belinda Whitney-Barratt   Violin
Xin Zhao   Violin
Peter Gordon   Horn

Technical Credits

Don Sebesky   Arranger,Orchestration,Producer
John Pizzarelli   Arranger,Producer
Jim Czak   Engineer

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