The Remembering Song Featuring Bucky Pizzarelli

The Remembering Song Featuring Bucky Pizzarelli (2010)

CD cover The Remembering Song

"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.

Track Listing:

  1. The Remembering Song (Prelude)
  2. The Wrath of Grapes
  3. Way Down Yonder In New Orleans
  4. The River By ​the Road
  5. The Remembering Song​(Interlude)
  6. Mojo Blues
  7. You Gotta Treat It Gentle
  8. My Home Is In ​a Southern Town
  9. Serenade
  10. The Remembering Song
  11. Waltz For All Souls
  12. Dear Old Southland

Total Time: TK

​About This Music:

​What an honor to have had th​e 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 w​​e 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.

Album Info:

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

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