Paul Simon – In the Blue Light (2018) [FLAC 24bit/96kHz]

Paul Simon – In the Blue Light (2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 43:49 minutes | 874 MB | Genre: Rock
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Digital Booklet, Front Cover | © Legacy Recordings

As the saying goes, if you want something done right, you’d better do it yourself. This is why Paul Simon entrusted the cover of his own songs to… Paul Simon! Except that Art Garfunkel’s former accomplice completely reshapes his past tracks. Ten songs in total, forgotten for the most part, handpicked from his albums There Goes Rhymin’ Simon (1973), Still Crazy After All These Years (1975), One-Trick Pony (1980), Hearts and Bones (1983), The Rhythm of the Saints (1990), You’re the One (2000) andSo Beautiful or So What (2011). By re-orchestrating them as jazz − sometimes even classical − pieces (gone with his folk and world temptations!), he folds his art flat and demonstrates how timeless his compositions are. For such a refined stylistic exercise, Simon surrounded himself with musicians as legendary as himself. Wynton Marsalis’ trumpet, Bill Frisell’s guitar, Bryce Dessner’s (from The National) arrangements, Jack DeJohnette and Steve Gadd’s drums, Joe Lovano’s saxophone, young Sullivan Fortner’s piano as well as John Patitucci’s bass further reinforce the project. But beyond this star-loaded panel, In The Blue Light truly fascinates for its unusual melancholy. At 76 years old, Paul Simon hasn’t authored a legacy piece, but rather the work of a wise man who glances in the rear-view mirror with great originality.  – Max Dembo

1. One Man’s Ceiling Is Another Man’s Floor (04:00)
2. Love (04:10)
3. Can’t Run But (03:29)
4. How the Heart Approaches What It Yearns (04:30)
5. Pigs, Sheep and Wolves (04:00)
6. René and Georgette Magritte with Their Dog After the War (04:43)
7. The Teacher (03:44)
8. Darling Lorraine (07:13)
9. Some Folks’ Lives Roll Easy (03:59)
10. Questions for the Angels (04:01)

Paul Simon, vocal, guitars, harmonium, percussion
Joel Wenhardt, piano
Sullivan Fortner, piano
Jim Oblon, guitar
Bill Frisell, electric guitar
Wynton Marsalis, trumpet
CJ Camerieri, trumpet
Andy Snitzer, saxophone
Joe Lovano, saxophone
Marcus Printup, trumpet
Dan Block, clarinet
Walter Blanding, saxophone
Wycliffe Gordon, tuba
Chris Crenshaw, trombone
John Patitucci, bass
Renaud Garcia-Fons, bass
Steve Gadd, drums
Nate Smith, drums
Marion Felder, drums
Jack DeJohnette, drums
Herlin Riley, tambourine
Skip LaPlante, percussion

Produced by Paul Simon, Roy Halee