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ARTIST
TITLE
Joni: Jazz Interpretations of the Joni Mitchell Songbook
FORMAT
LP

LABEL
CATALOG #
MA 089LP MA 089LP
GENRE
RELEASE DATE
9/25/2020

LP version. Edition of 500. Ladies and gentlemen -- get ready for something truly special: Scotland's best jazz musicians meet one of the greatest songwriters ever. The Colin Steele Quartet plays the music of Joni Mitchell. The music of Joni Mitchell gets the royal jazz treatment in exciting new arrangements. Timeless classics from the Mitchell songbook -- "Blue", "Both Sides Now", "Hejira", "A Case Of You", etc. -- sparkle with fresh energy in a classic jazz quartet setting. Mitchell always had a deep affinity with jazz -- working with Charles Mingus on his album Mingus (1979) and many other jazz luminaries, like Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter. Her songs are just perfectly suited for getting re-interpreted in a jazz setting. Colin Steele adds his very own sound with his warm, melodic playing to Joni's songs and transports them into another musical territory. The results are simply gorgeous. Colin Steele from Edinburgh, one of UK's leading jazz trumpeters, is accompanied by the same top-notch musicians as on his Diving For Pearls album (MA 082CD/LP, 2017), his beautiful take on the Pearlfishers songbook: Calum Gourlay on double bass, Alyn Cosker on drums, and pianist Dave Milligan, who also arranged the album brilliantly. Dedicating an album to just one composer is a great jazz tradition: Miles Davis did it with Gershwin's Porgy & Bess (1958) and Chet Baker with Plays Lerner & Loewe (1959). And now there's the CSQ playing Joni. Joni was recorded in just one day -- like many classic jazz albums -- at Scotland's famous Castlesound studios (The Blue Nile, Orange Juice, R.E.M.) Masterfully engineered by Stuart Hamilton. CD version comes in digisleeve; includes one bonus track.