[Dixielandjazz] : Willie Nelson-Stardust; now "American Classic"
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Mon Aug 24 09:32:48 PDT 2009
It's one of my all time Fav's as they say. I think I've had the album,
cassette and 2 CD's over the years as I do listen to it often and a copy is in
my car stereo. I remember well when it came out in the late 70's was a
great time in my life so it also brings back good memories.
Judie & Fred, she likes it
In a message dated 8/24/2009 7:11:18 A.M. Pacific Daylight Time,
nvickers1 at cox.net writes:
To: Musicians and jazzfans
From: Bob Laird and Norman
Jazzfan Bob Laird of Macomb, IL writes re Willie Nelson
From: Bob Laird [mailto:boblaird1 at comcast.net]
Sent: Sunday, August 23, 2009 10:00 PM
To: Norm Vickers
Subject: Willie Nelson-Stardust
I bought Willie Nelson's "Stardust" disc when it first became available in
this area. "Georgia on My Mind" and "September Song" are just two songs on
the disc that are excellent.
I also have "Georgia on My Mind" by Ray Charles and "September Song" by
Frank Sinatra and Jazz at Lincoln Center with Willie and Wynton Marsalis.
Norman writes: Thanks. I remember that one too. I think the story went
with that one, someone came to Willie with the idea and Willie said go with
Looked like the arranger likely was only time that he worked with Willie.
There was a review of Willie’s new Jazz standard in today’s NYTimes.
Here is the review.
August 24, 2009
New CDs: Willie Nelson
By NATE CHINEN
A little more than 30 years ago Willie Nelson released “Stardust,” an
album of standards largely culled from what’s now identified as the Great
American Songbook. Produced by Booker T. Jones, it was a spare and mellow
meditation and a casual stroke of genius. Mr. Nelson, backed by regular
partners, yielded no part of himself to the material, showing a plain and honest
respect. He made the songs sound prized but approachable, broken-in.
“American Classic,” Mr. Nelson’s new album, follows the lineage of “
Stardust” in one sense, with a menu of songbook fare. But in another sense it
feels like a capitulation. Its sound is lustrous, its personnel impeccable.
What’s missing is the sense of conviction that Mr. Nelson brings to his
strongest work. Having long ago proved that the songbook was open to all
manner of interpretation, he appears here in formal attire as the latest agent
of a long-term trend: the standardization of the American standard.
Of course a strict sequel to “Stardust” — his most successful album, with
more than five million copies sold — would have been pure folly. But it’s
alarmingly easy to picture many of the songs on “American Classic”
without Mr. Nelson, and with someone else in his place. The album’s producer,
Tommy LiPuma, has worked closely with _Diana Krall_
throughout her major-label career, and if you have some idea of the sound
of her recordings, you know the velvet cushion supporting Mr. Nelson here.
Rod Stewart should have been so lucky.
What redeems much of “American Classic” is the singularity of Mr. Nelson’
s voice, along with the deceptive shrewdness of his singing. His tone on “
The Nearness of You,” which opens the album with a gloss of strings, adds a
dash of bitters to an otherwise cloying cocktail. On “Come Rain or Come
Shine” and “I Miss You So,” both set at a lope, his phrasing feels
conversational but also subtly dramatic. On “Always on My Mind,” which closes the
album pointedly — one of Mr. Nelson’s best-loved songs, it’s now a standard
too — he leans ahead of the beat and lags behind it, giving the lyrics a
And it’s instructive to hear Mr. Nelson alongside a pair of younger duet
partners, even if their presence is a mild distraction. Ms. Krall, joining
him on “If I Had You,” fails to find the tricky current that he’s riding,
and the result feels forced. _Norah Jones_
(http://topics.nytimes.com/top/reference/timestopics/people/j/norah_jones/index.html?inline=nyt-per) , on
the other hand, meets him all the way on “Baby, It’s Cold Outside.” The
crackle of their chemistry overrides the triteness of the song choice —
underscoring just how much vitality Mr. Nelson still brings to the table, if only
given the chance.
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