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Chris Gillespie - Portraits Of Porter

23-07-2015, 06:28
Jazz | Vocal Jazz

Chris Gillespie - Portraits Of Porter

Artist: Chris Gillespie
Title Of Album: Portraits Of Porter
Year Of Release: 2013
Label: Awrecords
Genre: Jazz / Vocal / Big band
Quality: Mp3
Bitrate: 320kbps / 44.1kHz / Joint-Stereo
Total Time: 49:36 min
Total Size: 114 MB
WebSite: CDbaby

01. All of You (feat. Tim Ouimette)
02. Begin the Beguine
03. I Concentrate On You
04. Easy to Love
05. Every Time We Say Goodbye (feat. Bucky Pizzarelli)
06. I Love Paris
07. Kate the Great (feat. Tim Ouimette)
08. You'd Be so Nice to Come Home To
09. So in Love (Vocal)
10. What Is This Thing Called Love? (Piano Solo)
11. I've Got You Under My Skin (feat. Bucky Pizzarelli)
12. Love for Sale
13. So in Love (Piano Solo)
14. What Is This Thing Called Love? (Vocal)

The idea for recording a compilation of Cole Porter tunes had been with me for some time. It goes without saying that I love the craft of this prolific songwriter. While performing at the historic Bemelmans Bar, at the Carlyle Hotel, with its murals by Ludwig Bemelmans, the idea began to take on shape when Jacqueline Matisse, wife of Henry Matisse’s grandson, told me, “You play as if you were filling a canvas.” This, undoubtedly, was the catalyst that inspired me to title this CD Portraits of Porter.

I was further encouraged to embark on this project by another guest at the hotel who gave me a rare book, entitled Cole. This exquisite book, edited by Robert Kimball and with an essay about Porter by Brendan Gill, contains photos, anecdotes, and the lyrics of nearly 200 songs. A particular piece of memorabilia in the book caught my eye: a piece of paper on which Porter had written additional lyric for his song “All of You” from Silk Stockings. To my knowledge no one had ever used them, and so I decided to use the “abandoned” lyric and collaborated with Tim Ouimette in an arrangement for big band. Over the course of my career, I have become aware that my musical interpretations, while affected by many influences ranging from the condition of the piano to the attention of my audience to my mood while performing almost always emerge as imaginary paintings, so that the listener is also “able to see” the music.

Most Porter songs (with the exception of “Kate the Great”) have been recorded countless times and heard equally as often. My challenge was to allow myself to be free from constraints that might have influenced other artists’ presentations. My renditions are inspired by two dynamic aspects of a song: the lyric attached to the melody and the melody attached to the lyric.

For instance my collage of Porter’s question “What Is This Thing Called Love?” and using Johann Sebastian Bach’s “A Musical Offering” as the answer, inspired me to find the commonality of these two melodies simply because their titles complement each other. Porter’s “So In Love” with its overwhelmingly passionate lyric (… “so taunt me and hurt me, deceive me dessert me, I’m yours till I die…”) moved me to dip into the musical palettes of Frederick Chopin and Sergei Rachmaninov. This produces many different tonal shades, as a first time listener to the album proposed, “every track is so different even your voice sounds different.” With that I feel I have achieved my goal of adding my own colors to Porter’s work. So I invite you to use your imagination to color your own canvas inspired by this album.

Thank You: Bucky and Martin Pizzarelli, Patricia Gillespie, The Carlyle Hotel, Gregory Dinella, Aleda Wright, Jaqueline Matisse, Darwin Best, Jim Czak, Tim Ouimette, Marcus Parsley, Twyla McFarlane, Fr. Charles Murr, Every musician who participated in this project, All of the patrons at the Carlyle Hotel and My Audience around the world who inspired and helped me to make this CD.~Cdbaby

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