Produced by Jimmy Haslip, Marilyn Scott and Erik Zobler
Drums – Gary Novak Guitar – Michael Landau Keyboards – Russell Ferrante Bass – Jimmy Haslip Horn Arrangement – Bob Mintzer “Speak Low” Bass Clarinet – Bob Mintzer Trumpet – Ambrose Akinmusire Sound Design – Evan Frankfort, “Willow Weep For Me” Backing Vocals – Perri Sisters, Lori, Darlene, Sharon and Carolyn Perry, “The Joint Is Jumpin” All Arrangements – Russell Ferrante
East Of The Sun – John Beasley and Russell Ferrante Recorded at Megatrax Recording, North Hollywood, CA Engineer Derek Jones Recorded, Mixed and Mastered @ ZED, Northridge, CA Erik Zobler
Willow Weep For Me – Ann Ronell 1932 Speak Low – Kurt Weill, Ogden Nash A Flower Is A Lovesome Thing – Billy Strayhorn, Never Let Me Go – Jay Livingston/ Ray Evans Day Dream – Billy Strayhorn, Duke Ellington, John Latouche Blue Prelude – Gordon Jenkins Joe Bishop I Wouldn’t Change It – Marilyn Scott, Russell Ferrante East Of The Sun – Brooks Bowman 1934 I’ve Got It Bad And That Ain’t Good – Duke Ellington/ Paul Francis Webster The Joint Is Jumping – Fats Waller/ James C. Johnson, Andy Razaf
How do you define what moves you or what speaks of your soul? The best way for me is to find music that tells a story about life that reaches in and tells my story.
About the Record
Summing up the experience of Standard Blue, I noticed how writers speak for me in ways in which I never would have been so articulate. When you’re right in front of songs such as these, they become your story so you look forward to singing them – to share and feel that web of emotions again and again. Experiencing life that lush in a musical way is a thrilling feeling. I am thankful for friends who are incredible musicians who know this laughter and who know the pain. They played it for me to sing and that is the standard in blue.