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Liverpool Re-Imagining the Beatles

by David Lanz

Grammy nominated pianist David Lanz’s heartfelt homage to Lennon and McCartney, featuring flutist Gary Stroutsos, cellist Walter Gray, and the late legendary session musician Larry Knechtel. Listen as they come together and Re-Imagine the Beatles.
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1. Liverpool (feat. Walter Gray & Gary Lanz)
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2. Things We Said Today (feat. Gary Stroutsos, Keith Lowe, Eric Eagle, David Revelli & Alonzo Davideo)
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3. Rain Eight Days A Week (feat. Gary Stroutsos, Keith Lowe, Larry Knechtel, Eric Eagle & David Revelli)
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4. Teatime for Rita (feat. Richard Olivier)
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5. Lovely Rita
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6. Because I'm Only Sleeping (feat. Gary Stroutsos, Walter Gray,Keith Lowe, Eric Eagle & David Revelli)
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7. Norwegian Wood (feat. Gary Stroutsos, Eric Eagle & Keith Lowe)
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8. Yes It Is (feat. Gary Stroutsos & Walter Gray)
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9. London Skies A John Lennon Suite (feat. Gary Stroutsos, Walter Gray & James Reynolds)
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Album Notes
Liverpool, England . . . a city on the banks of the Mersey River (The river made famous in the 1964 hit song "Ferry Across The Mersey", by Gerry and the Pacemakers.)

Liverpool . . .the birthplace of John, Paul, George, and Ringo, and where we begin our musical journey.

The sounds of the Mersey harbor can be heard as it introduces the first strains of the opening song. This title track was composed as a tribute, an emotional overture of sorts, imbued with subtle musical phrasing from The Fab Four.

From here, we traverse through a decade of Lennon and McCartney songs, arranged and re-imagined through the lens of my own musical voice, which admittedly, has been joyfully shaped and informed by this great and enduring legacy of musical history - a time so explosive and fruitful we may never see anything like it again.

I spent nearly half a year listening, selecting and arranging the material to be recorded on Liverpool. The recording sessions began in May of 2009 and carried on through the fall.

Once the lion's share of the recording was complete, and on the insistence of my friend and collaborator Gary Stroutsos, we, along with photographer and personal assistant, Carole May, took off on a pilgrimage to Liverpool England, to see where the music of the Beatles all began.

Shortly after our arrival, we were given an extraordinary tour by England's National Trust. It started with an intimate inside look at John Lennon's boyhood home where he lived from the age of five until he was twenty-three.

I was completely taken off guard at the impact the spirit of place had on me. This was especially true when I climbed the stairs and stood by myself in the small bedroom that had been John's, the room where he had done much of his early imaginative dreaming. Chills ran through me and ghosts from the past were palpable.

It was here in this house named Mendips that 14-year-old Paul McCartney and 17-year-old John Lennon began their friendship and started a song writing partnership that would change the world.

They also soon began meeting and writing songs in Paul McCartney's more modest home, less than a mile away from Mendips, at 20 Forthlin Road.

Our tour continued through the McCartney home. One of the outstanding features was the black and white original photographs taken by Paul's younger brother, Michael. Photos capturing family, friends, and everyday household events. Most notable was a photograph of the two teenage musicians, sitting in Paul"s small living room, holding guitars, notebook opened to the hand written lyrics of an early Lennon and McCartney classic, "I Saw Her Standing There".

I am so grateful for the chance to have connected in such an intimate way and to have come full circle with two of my greatest musical role models.

I will never forget the time spent in Liverpool: the drive down Penny Lane, standing by the gate at Strawberry Fields . . . all giving new meaning and greater dimension to the music of the Beatles.

"There are places I remember . . . All my life . . ."


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SmoothJazz.com Review
Long time friend and world-class, Grammy-nominated pianist David Lanz did what many have only dreamed of doing… made a pilgrimage to Liverpool, England, the birthplace of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr. Here, David let the rich, musical legacy of the banks of the Mersey fill him… he recalls, “I was completely taken off guard at the impact the spirit of place had on me. Climbing the stairs, standing alone in the small bedroom that had been John’s, chills ran through me, and ghosts from the past were palpable.” Only a sensitive artist the likes of Lanz could “re-imagine” the Beatles with such intelligence, profundity and grace. LIVERPOOL is not a cover album per se, it is a stirring collection of Lennon-McCartney tunes that are literally pouring through Lanz as an artistic filter or channel… he takes clever, insightful licenses by referencing songs within songs and augments with original composition and exquisite performances by Gary Stroutsos on flute and Walter Gray on cello. There’s an openness and airiness to LIVERPOOL, grounded in somber hues… but joyful always with elements of jazz, world, pop and classical. Inspired and inspiring!


Una verdadera joya musical!.
Después del fantástico homenaje que Lanz rindió a sus bandas británicas favoritas con Songs of a English Garden, el reconocido compositor y pianista ha publicado una de las joyas del año 2010, Liverpool Re-Imagining the Beatles. Otro brillante homenaje para la banda que enamoró a toda una generación y a las futuras. Nueve son las composiciones que reviven la magia que envolvía "a los de Liverpool" y que con originalidad, Lanz ha enfocado dentro de un estilo de elegante jazz, fascinante y nostálgico para todos. Ocho adaptaciones de las obras que llevaron al éxito a Lennon y a McCartney y una composición propia que abre el CD. Para esta ocasión, David cuenta con la estimable colaboración del ya habitual flautista Gary Stroutsos, de su propio hermano Gary Lanz y de los músicos: Walter Gray (chelo), Keith Lowe (bajo), Eric Eagle (bateria), David Revelli (percusión), Larry Knechtel (teclista), Alonzo Davideo (guitarra), James Reynolds (sintetizador) y voz de Richard Olivier.

"Liverpool" es una de las principales ciudades portuarias del Reino Unido, y esta composición comienza, como no puede ser de otra forma, con el sonido del mar y las gaviotas. Lanz introduce al oyente en el escenario de aquellos mágicos 60, creando un flash back perfecto para revivir el lugar donde the Beatles comenzaron su exitosa andadura. Una bellísima e interesante pieza a la que el chelo de Gray acompaña esporádicamente al delicado piano de David. Sublime!.

Más serena que la versión original, "Things We Said Today" mantiene un estado íntimo, ambiental. Al piano de David se le suman la guitarra de Davideo, la flauta de Stroutsos, el bajo de Lowe y una sutil percusión. Lanz ofrece un enfoque nuevo y extraordinario a este tema, acogedor. Me gusta!.

Curiosa adaptación de "Rain" y "Eight Days A Week" bajo el título "Rain Eight Days A Week". Mientras que las versiones originales de este medley están llenas de ritmo y fuerza, en contraposición esta pieza es relajada y profunda, donde cada instrumento, incluido el piano de David, temen destacar sobre los demás. El Hammond de Knechtel le ofrece una nostálgica belleza al track.

"Teatime for Rita" es una brevísima introducción para la siguiente pieza. Sólo catorce segundos de sutil piano, sonidos de una tetera en ebullición y voces que introducen al oyente en la pista siguiente.

Una de las piezas más risueñas del álbum es "Lovely Rita". Un sólo de piano que no altera el estado creado por los tracks anteriores, pero que muestra un lado más amable y apasionado. La melodía de esta pieza es ligeramente inquieta y emotiva. Una de mis favoritas!.

"Because I'm Only Sleeping". De nuevo otro medley, en este caso de las composiciones "Because" y "I'm Only Sleeping". Igual de oscura que su versión original, el tema comienza con la triste "Because" y sin cambiar este estado, se va abriendo paso "I'm Only Sleeping". Continuos arpegios de piano sirven de base para la dolorida melodía creada por el ritmo del hit hat de la batería, el chelo y la flauta.

"Norwegian Wood" es una de mis preferidas. Lanz ha adaptado esta composición al jazz más puro, donde una suave percusión marca el ritmo de la popular melodía que interpretan en perfecta consonancia la flauta de Stroutsos y el piano de David. Sin duda, una fantástica versión.

"Yes It Is". Una apasionada y desconsolada melodía, creada por la flauta de Stroutsos y el chelo de Gray que suplen a las armonías vocales de Lennon, McCartney y Harrison, esta pieza mantiene el mismo carácter triste que la versión original.

Una extensa y bellísima suite es "London Skies", once minutos de grandes y conocidos éxitos de John Lennon, de los que podemos distinguir, "Across the Universe" o "Tomorrow Never Knows" entre otros. Un final muy apropiado para este álbum, al que ya se echaban de menos estas famosas composiciones. "London Skies" es alucinante, poder escuchar estas maravillas interpretadas por un piano, un chelo y una flauta... Sobran las palabras!.

Como es habitual en Lanz, todo lo que este pianista publica se convierte en una verdadera joya musical, este es el caso, Liverpool - Re-Imagining the Beatles es uno de los mejores trabajos lanzados este año 2010. Indicado para quienes deseen adentrarse en la historia de la banda más famosa de Liverpool, el CD contiene en tan sólo nueve pistas una mezcla de las obras menos conocidas de the Beatles pero igualmente fascinantes y adaptado con increíble éxito a uno de los géneros más ricos, el jazz. Liverpool - Re-Imagining the Beatles es un CD que tendrá un lugar destacado en los charts New Age y entrará a formar parte de los álbumes nominados a "Mejor Álbum RNA del Año 2010". Sencillamente increíble, esencial y Muy Altamente Recomendable!.