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PIANO

Piano   Jools' brand-new 2016 release is an album centred around his 50-year relationship with the Piano, exploring different piano styles and performed on a variety of pianos.

The all-instrumental album was released on Friday 2nd December 2016 through East West Records.

This record features eight of Jools' original compositions as well as 10 carefully selected pieces interpreting the work of the pianists and composers that he loves.

It opens with Jools' own May, a unique field recording of his piano in conversation with songbirds, influenced by French composer Olivier Messiaen, followed by Grand Hotel, co-written with Sting a while ago and here completely reinvented with a mix of contemporary dance rhythms and stride piano. Next is a collaboration with iconic musician and producer Brian Eno, who sings backing vocals and experiments with soundscapes on Track 3, Last Date.

The album also sees Jools performing alongside his acclaimed Rhythm & Blues Orchestra on three of the tracks: Strange Cargo; Romantic Ruin; and Bumble Boogie (in which he quotes Bach's Prelude No 1). The stylistic range is broad, taking in the baroque counterpoint of Christabel and the blistering boogie woogie of Bang And Pop as well as paying tribute to works by great Jazz artists Mary Lou Williams, Sidney Bechet, Freddie Slack, and Erroll Garner. In contrast, the middle of the album showcases a four-strong blues segment inspired by Jimmy Yancey and Lloyd Glenn.

Jools pays tribute to his friend and collaborator Dr. John (Mac Rebennack) by covering Rebennack's Dorothy, but perhaps the greatest example of Jools' breadth of approach is his arrangement of Eruption by Dutch prog rock group Focus.

The album was overseen by Jools' long-time producer Laurie Latham, with engineer Ron Box, and was recorded with vintage equipment in a variety of locations, including the Kent Marshes.

You can order Piano here.

Tracks
1.   May
2.   Grand Hotel
3.   Last Date
4.   Bumble Boogie
5.   Dorothy
6.   Eruption
7.   Upright And Grand
8.   Christabel
9.   Midnight Hour Blues
10.   I Had It but It's All Gone Now
11.   How Long Blues
12.   Blue Lamp
13.   Romantic Ruin
14.   Bang And Pop
15.   Strange Cargo
16.   Red Ragtime
17.   Roll 'Em
18.   I'm In The Mood For Love