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In the Blue Light

Paul Simon

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As the saying goes, if you want something done right, you’d better do it yourself. This is why Paul Simon entrusted the cover of his own songs to… Paul Simon! Except that Art Garfunkel’s former accomplice completely reshapes his past tracks. Ten songs in total, forgotten for the most part, handpicked from his albums 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). By re-orchestrating them as jazz − sometimes even classical − pieces (gone with his folk and world temptations!), he folds his art flat and demonstrates how timeless his compositions are. For such a refined stylistic exercise, Simon surrounded himself with musicians as legendary as himself. Wynton Marsalis’ trumpet, Bill Frisell’s guitar, Bryce Dessner’s (from The National) arrangements, Jack DeJohnette and Steve Gadd’s drums, Joe Lovano’s saxophone, young Sullivan Fortner’s piano as well as John Patitucci’s bass further reinforce the project. But beyond this star-loaded panel, In The Blue Light truly fascinates for its unusual melancholy. At 76 years old, Paul Simon hasn’t authored a legacy piece, but rather the work of a wise man who glances in the rear-view mirror with great originality. © Max Dembo/Qobuz

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1
One Man's Ceiling Is Another Man's Floor
00:04:00

Nate Smith, Drums - Paul Simon, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, Percussion, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, Vocal - Andy Snitzer, Saxophone - Edie Brickell, Other - John Patitucci, Bass - Roy Halee, Producer - CJ Camerieri, Trumpet - Jim Oblon, Guitar - Joel Wenhardt, Piano

(P) 2018 Paul Simon / Distributed by Sony Music Entertainment

2
Love
00:04:10

Paul Simon, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, Acoustic Guitar, Percussion, Harmonium, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, Vocal - Steve Gadd, Drums - Roy Halee, Producer - Bill Frisell, Electric Guitar - Renaud Garcia-Fons, Bass

(P) 2018 Paul Simon / Distributed by Sony Music Entertainment

3
Can't Run But
00:03:29

Paul Simon, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, Vocal - Roy Halee, Producer - Marco Antonio Guimaraes, Arranger - Bryce Dessner, Arranger - YMusic, AssociatedPerformer

(P) 2018 Paul Simon / Distributed by Sony Music Entertainment

4
How the Heart Approaches What It Yearns
00:04:30

Nate Smith, Drums - Paul Simon, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, Vocal - Wynton Marsalis, Trumpet - John Patitucci, Bass - Roy Halee, Producer - Sullivan Fortner, Piano

(P) 2018 Paul Simon / Distributed by Sony Music Entertainment

5
Pigs, Sheep and Wolves
00:04:00

Wycliffe Gordon, Tuba - Paul Simon, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, Percussion, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, Vocal - Wynton Marsalis, Arranger, Trumpet - Roy Halee, Producer - Herlin Riley, Tambourine - Marcus Printup, Trumpet - Dan Block, Clarinet - Walter Blanding, Saxophone - Chris Crenshaw, Trombone - Marion Felder, Drums

(P) 2018 Paul Simon / Distributed by Sony Music Entertainment

6
René and Georgette Magritte with Their Dog After the War
00:04:43

Paul Simon, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, Electric Guitar, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, Vocal - Roy Halee, Producer - YMusic, AssociatedPerformer - Robert Sirota, Arranger

(P) 2018 Paul Simon / Distributed by Sony Music Entertainment

7
The Teacher
00:03:44

Odair Assad, Guitar - Paul Simon, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, Percussion, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, Vocal - Roy Halee, Producer - Jamey Haddad, Percussion - Sergio Assad, Guitar - Walter Blanding, Saxophone - Renaud Garcia-Fons, Percussion, Bass

(P) 2018 Paul Simon / Distributed by Sony Music Entertainment

8
Darling Lorraine
00:07:13

Mark Stewart, Acoustic Guitar - Paul Simon, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, Percussion, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, Vocal - Steve Gadd, Drums - John Patitucci, Bass - Roy Halee, Producer - Rob Moose, Arranger - Bill Frisell, Electric Guitar - Vincent Nguini, Electric Guitar - YMusic, AssociatedPerformer

(P) 2018 Paul Simon / Distributed by Sony Music Entertainment

9
Some Folks' Lives Roll Easy
00:03:59

Paul Simon, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, Vocal - Joe Lovano, Saxophone - John Patitucci, Bass - JACK DEJOHNETTE, Drums - Roy Halee, Producer - Sullivan Fortner, Piano, Celeste

(P) 2018 Paul Simon / Distributed by Sony Music Entertainment

10
Questions for the Angels
00:04:01

Paul Simon, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, Acoustic Guitar, Percussion, Harmonica, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, Vocal - John Patitucci, Bass - Roy Halee, Producer - Bill Frisell, Electric Guitar - Sullivan Fortner, Harmonium - Skip LaPlante, Percussion

(P) 2018 Paul Simon / Distributed by Sony Music Entertainment

Album Description

As the saying goes, if you want something done right, you’d better do it yourself. This is why Paul Simon entrusted the cover of his own songs to… Paul Simon! Except that Art Garfunkel’s former accomplice completely reshapes his past tracks. Ten songs in total, forgotten for the most part, handpicked from his albums 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). By re-orchestrating them as jazz − sometimes even classical − pieces (gone with his folk and world temptations!), he folds his art flat and demonstrates how timeless his compositions are. For such a refined stylistic exercise, Simon surrounded himself with musicians as legendary as himself. Wynton Marsalis’ trumpet, Bill Frisell’s guitar, Bryce Dessner’s (from The National) arrangements, Jack DeJohnette and Steve Gadd’s drums, Joe Lovano’s saxophone, young Sullivan Fortner’s piano as well as John Patitucci’s bass further reinforce the project. But beyond this star-loaded panel, In The Blue Light truly fascinates for its unusual melancholy. At 76 years old, Paul Simon hasn’t authored a legacy piece, but rather the work of a wise man who glances in the rear-view mirror with great originality. © Max Dembo/Qobuz

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