by Corey Brown | Saturday, January 7th, 2012
Paul McCartney‘s songwriting is legendary, but the inspiration for those compositions was never widely known. That’s about to change in February, when the former Beatle releases his newest album, Kisses on the Bottom, one that takes the bassist in new musical directions while keeping an eye on the past.
Kisses on the Bottom is focused on jazz standards, or as McCartney puts it, “the songs which inspired the songs”. These are the songs that a young McCartney heard his father playing on piano growing up. McCartney admits this is an album he’s thought of for more than 20 years.
McCartney enlisted the help of Diana Krall and her band for the album, due out on February 7, 2012. Eric Clapton and Stevie Wonder also make appearances on the album, which is produced by Tommy LiPuma, who has worked with many jazz notables including Miles Davis, Al Jarreau, Anita Baker, Natalie Cole, Claudine Longet, the Yellowjackets, George Benson and others.
On working with Krall and company, McCartney said, “it was very spontaneous, kind of organic, which then reminded me of the way we’d work with The Beatles. We’d bring a song in, kick it around, when we found a way to do it we’d say ‘Okay, let’s do a take now’ and by the time everyone kind of had an idea of what they were doing, we’d learnt the song. So that’s what we did, we did the take live in the studio.”
“It was important for me to keep away from the more obvious song choices so, many of the classic standards will be unfamiliar to some people. I hope they are in for a pleasant surprise.”
Diana Krall grew up in the same town as me. Only I'm closer in age to Sir Paul than to Ms. Krall She is very popular here and I just wanted to tip the hat to a small-town-girl-made-good....
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