RICKIE LEE JONES
Shares New Single, Nature Boy
New Album, Pieces Of Treasure, Out April 28 via BMG
A Reunion With Russ Titelman, Producer Of Jones’ Self-Titled Debut & Pirates
“I learned “Nature Boy” from my dad when I was young, maybe ten, twelve years old,” says Rickie Lee. “It is a very odd song, only one verse, almost like an introduction without a body. But that is the point of it, there is just one message, as if Krishnanmurti himself wrote it and that was that—’Love, and be loved in return.’ I really did feel my father near as I recorded this.”
Rickie Lee Jones’ latest album Pieces of Treasure (BMG Modern Recordings) is a reunion with her lifelong friend, legendary producer Russ Titelman, who co-produced Jones’ star-making albums, her 1980 debut Rickie Lee Jones and the seminal Pirates.
Available everywhere April 28, on vinyl or streaming, experience the sensual, elegant, groundbreaking spirit that is always Rickie Lee.
Great jazz never imitates what has already been done. Throughout her career, the Grammy-winning singer songwriter has interpreted an extraordinarily wide range of songs, often on the same album (David Bowie publicly praised her take on “Rebel Rebel”). She has recorded celebrated jazz-leaning albums including Girl at Her Volcano and Pop Pop, but until now, she had never devoted an entire album to the American Songbook.
“This album is as much about being human, the view of surviving—which means aging, and loving relentlessly—as it is about anything,” says Jones, now 68 with an acclaimed memoir, Last Chance Texaco. “We love ‘til the day we die, love our lives, our families, and finally ourselves.”
Recorded over five days at Sear Sound in New York City, backed by the quartet of Rob Mounsey on piano, guitarist Russell Malone, bassist David Wong and drummer Mark McLean, Pieces of Treasure— the title a callback to Pirates —is elegantly simple, a deeply emotive set pulled from Jones’ own life and experience. “This is an album Russ masterfully picked players who are exceptional musicians, who listen and respond,” says Jones. “And that’s partly why this sparse thing sounds so totally complete, because everyone responds to each other and builds this perfect room.”
“This American Songbook recording shows Rickie’s artistry in full bloom,” says Titelman. “Her voice has always sounded a bit younger than it ought to (that may be a function of her ability to inhabit the character who is singing the song so masterfully that you believe every word) but on this recording the aging voice sounds even better to me than the youthful one. There’s a resonance and warmth in her lower register that wasn’t there before. I adore the young Rickie Lee but I love even more the Old Dame.”
Pieces of Treasure Tracklisting
Just in Time (Jule Styne, Betty Comden, Adolph Green)
There Will Never Be Another You (Harry Warren, Mack Gordon)
Nature Boy (Eden Ahbez)
One for My Baby (Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer)
They Can’t Take That Away from Me (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
All the Way (Jimmy Van Heusen, Sammy Cahn)
Here’s That Rainy Day (Jimmy Van Heusen, Johnny Burke)
September Song (Kurt Weill, Maxwell Anderson)
On the Sunny Side of the Street (Jimmy McHugh, Dorothy Fields)
It’s All in the Game (Charles G. Dawes, Carl Sigman)
Preorders for Pieces Of Treasure are available HERE
Photo Credit: Astor Morgan
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