John--and Bucky--Pizzarelli's First CD with Paul McCartneyKisses on the Bottom (Hear Music, 2012), the album of vocal standards m: Paul McCartney
always wanted to make with m: The Beatles
, is the knighted bassist/singer's first release in nearly five years. m: Diana Krall
and members of the pianist-arranger's band back him on most tracks. The New York Times singled out guest guitarist m: John Pizzarelli
's "buoyant, ukulele-like sound." Could the three leading Times jazz reviewers be referring to John's unmentioned father? m: Bucky Pizzarelli
joined the band for one of the two recording sessions, after it turned out that John could only do one. Bucky went to the studio both days, "and we ended up playing together on two tracks," he told Jersey Jazz's Schaen Fox. Krall, her bassist and drummer were the only other players at these sessions. Violinist m: Andy Stein
was added later on "Paper Moon," without Bucky's knowledge. When McCartney was growing up, Bucky said, "he learned a chord from a jazz player, and he showed us the chord on his guitar." String sections were overdubbed to two of Pizzarelli's tracks...