The Remembering Song Featuring Bucky Pizzarelli (2010)
"This loving tribute to New Orleans combines his tuneful compositions with a few nostalgic old songs from the early years of last century, emphasising his gentle, warm tone and lithe technique.”
Clive Davis – The Gaurdian, U.K.
- The Remembering Song (Prelude)
- The Wrath of Grapes
- Way Down Yonder In New Orleans
- The River By the Road
- The Remembering Song(Interlude)
- Mojo Blues
- You Gotta Treat It Gentle
- My Home Is In a Southern Town
- The Remembering Song
- Waltz For All Souls
- Dear Old Southland
Total Time: TK
About This Music:
What an honor to have had the opportunity to create this project with Bucky Pizzarelli. Inspired by the work of Ruby Braff with George Barnes, I chose James Chirillo and Greg Cohen to round out this drumless quartet. I knew them well from their work with my mentor Kenny Davern, and we recorded together over two days in New York City.
"The Remembering Song" is a phrase taken from Sidney Bechet's autobiography. It refers to his philosophy about cultural memory, and how the New Orleans tradition "remembers" itself all the way back to Africa.
A couple years after Arbors Records released this CD, Frémeaux & Associés in Paris asked to release it in Europe where it was received warmly. Interestingly, or maybe not, this quartet never performed live, although some of the songs are in my current repertoire. Waltz for All Souls took on a life of its own and I orchestrated the Remembering Song theme for my "Treat It Gentle Suite" that debuted with the Minnesota Orchestra.
Release Date: June, 2010 (Arbors Records), 2012 (Frémeaux & Associés)
Evan Christopher, Clarinet
James Chirillo, Guitar
Bucky Pizzarelli, Rhythm Guitar
Greg Cohen, Bass
Recorded March 24-25, 2010 at Nola Studios, (NYC) by Jim Zack
Mixed and mastered by Bryan Shaw, Digital Brothers (Newport Beach, CA)
Produced by Evan Christopher and Mat Domber
Executive Producer: Mat Domber, Arbors Records