Willie Nelson - Summertime: Willie Nelson Sings Gershwin (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz
Artist: Willie Nelson
Title: Summertime: Willie Nelson Sings Gershwin
Genre: Country, Jazz, Vocal, Progressive Country, Traditional Country, Guitar Jazz, American Popular Song
Label: © Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment
Release Date: 2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Summertime: Willie Nelson Sings Gershwin is an album by American singer-songwriter Willie Nelson. After being awarded the Gershwin Prize by the Library of Congress, Nelson recorded a set of pop standards written by George and Ira Gershwin. The recording of the album was produced by Buddy Cannon and Matt Rollings. It includes the duets "Let's Call The Whole Thing Off" with Cyndi Lauper and "Embraceable You" with Sheryl Crow.
To select the songs for the album, Nelson was inspired by the Frank Sinatra recordings of Gershwin songs. Meanwhile, he decided to name the album after the song "Summertime", based on his past election to name a previous hit record Stardust On January 19, Nelson a video of the title-track as a preview to the release. The album was released by Legacy Recordings on February 26, 2016.
In 2015, Willie Nelson became the first country artist to receive the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song, an honor so deserving, it almost seemed like destiny. Similarly, Nelson's reaction to the award feels a bit preordained: he settled into the studio with much of his band and longtime producer Buddy Cannon to cut 11 George Gershwin tunes. It's largely the same crew who were responsible for 2013's Let's Face the Music and Dance, the last all-standards Nelson release, but Summertime feels a bit different: more intimate but also more straightforward, swapping nods to Western swing for a conventionally jazzy swing. Compared to 1978's classic Stardust, where Nelson channeled the Great American Songbook through his sensibility, Summertime contains standards done in a standard fashion -- or at least as close to standard as Willie can manage -- but unlike 2009's American Classic, which felt weighed down by its stately arrangements, this is light on its feet, with the bandmembers enjoying their lazy strolls and cozy shuffles. So relaxed is the band that the two invited guests -- Cyndi Lauper playing to the nonexistent rafters on "Let's Call the Whole Thing Off," Sheryl Crow vamping through "Embraceable You" -- feel like interlopers, not quite jibing with the vibe of the whole thing because they take it all a bit too seriously. For Nelson and his gang, this album might be tied to a specific, significant event, but that's no reason not to take it easy. All of Summertime's charm is tied directly to its mellowness. Perhaps it would have been a more interesting record if it had a hint of adventure -- if Nelson and Cannon took risks with the arrangements or if Willie played around with his phrasing -- but what's here is warm and inviting, a record by an artist who is happy to be part of the great tradition of American song. --AllMusic Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine
1 But Not for Me 03:16
2 Somebody Loves Me 02:14
3 Someone to Watch Over Me 04:05
4 Let's Call the Whole Thing Off 03:06
5 It Ain't Necessarily So 04:28
6 I Got Rhythm 02:47
7 Love is Here to Stay 03:23
8 They All Laughed 02:44
9 Embraceable You 03:38
10 They Can't Take That Away from Me 02:54
11 Summertime 03:52
Cyndi Lauper - duet vocals on "Let's Call the Whole Thing Off"
Sheryl Crow - duet vocals on "Embraceable You"
Willie Nelson - acoustic guitar, lead vocals
Bobbie Nelson - Hammond B-3 organ, piano
Mickey Raphael - harmonica
Kevin Smith - bass guitar
Matt Rollings - piano, Hammond B-3 organ, Wurlitzer
Jay Bellerose - drums
David Piltch - bass guitar
Dean Parks - electric guitar, acoustic guitar
Paul Franklin - steel guitar
Eddie Bayers, Lonnie Wilson- drums
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