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Format: CD
Sku: 60361101
UPC: 731455986525
UPC 14: 00731455986525
Release Date: 9/21/1999
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Sweetest Punch, The ~ Bill Frisell/Elvis Costello/Burt Bacharach
2. Toledo ~ Bill Frisell/Elvis Costello/Burt Bacharach
3. Such Unlikely Lovers ~ Bill Frisell/Elvis Costello/Burt Bacharach
4. This House Is Empty Now ~ Bill Frisell/Elvis Costello/Burt Bacharach
5. Painted From Memory - (featuring Cassandra Wilson) ~ Bill Frisell/Elvis Costello/Burt Bacharach
6. What's Her Name Today? ~ Bill Frisell/Elvis Costello/Burt Bacharach
7. In The Darkest Place ~ Bill Frisell/Elvis Costello/Burt Bacharach
8. Vamp Dolice ~ Bill Frisell/Elvis Costello/Burt Bacharach
9. My Thief ~ Bill Frisell/Elvis Costello/Burt Bacharach
10. I Still Have That Other Girl - (featuring Cassandra Wilson) ~ Bill Frisell/Elvis Costello/Burt Bacharach
11. Painted From Memory - (reprise) ~ Bill Frisell/Elvis Costello/Burt Bacharach
12. Long Division, The ~ Bill Frisell/Elvis Costello/Burt Bacharach
13. Tears At The Birthday Party ~ Bill Frisell/Elvis Costello/Burt Bacharach
14. I Still Have That Other Girl - (reprise) ~ Bill Frisell/Elvis Costello/Burt Bacharach
15. God Give Me Strength ~ Bill Frisell/Elvis Costello/Burt Bacharach

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote /Elvis Costello/Burt Bacharach.
Muze PNote Personnel: Bill Frisell (acoustic & electric guitars); Elvis Costello, Cassandra Wilson (vocals); Billy Drewes (alto saxophone); Ron Miles (trumpet); Curtis Fowlkes (trombone); Don Byron (clarinet, bass clarinet); Viktor Krauss (bass); Brian Blade (drums, percussion).
Muze PNote Recorded at Avatar Studios, New York, New York.
Muze PNote Personnel: Elvis Costello (vocals); Cassandra Wilson (vocals); Bill Frisell (acoustic guitar, electric guitar); Don Byron (clarinet, bass clarinet); Billy Drewes (alto saxophone); Ron Miles (trumpet); Curtis Fowlkes (trombone); Brian Blade (drums, percussion).
Muze PNote Arranger: Bill Frisell.
Muze PNote When Elvis Costello, poet laureate of the post-punk generation, joined forces with '60s pop king Burt Bacharach for an album of new material, an immediate air of artistic importance was established. So much so that as soon as the songs were written, even before they were recorded, guitarist Bill Frisell began working on jazzy instrumental arrangements of them for a separate album.
Muze PNote Here Frisell is joined by jazz greats like Don Byron, Brian Blade, and Ron Miles, but they don't use the carefully crafted compositions as springboards for improvisation. To their credit, they avoid the natural temptation to approach these tunes like jazz standards. THE SWEETEST PUNCH is more of a classy instrumental pop album than anything else. Costello even makes a couple of vocal cameos, one in an effective duet with Cassandra Wilson on "I Still Have That Other Girl." Frisell and company do the songs proud, the sophisticated arrangements complementing Bacharach's deceptively complex (but immediately accessible) harmonic sensibilities.

Producer: Lee Townsend

Engineer: Joe Ferla; Judy Clapp

Musical Guests
Muze Guest Artist Don Byron
Muze Guest Artist Viktor Krauss
Muze Guest Artist Curtis Fowlkes
Muze Guest Artist Ron Miles
Muze Guest Artist Cassandra Wilson
Muze Guest Artist Brian Blade

Compilation Appearances

Muze Music Compilations Stay Awake: Various Interpretations of Music From Vintage Disney Films
Muze Music Compilations Progressions:100 Years Of Jazz Guitar
Muze Music Compilations Limits Of Control (Ost)
Muze Music Compilations Civilians
Muze Music Compilations Rogue Gallery: Pirate Ballads, Sea Songs, and Chanteys
Muze Music Compilations Project-Anthology of American Folk Music

Associated Artists and Works

Andersen, Arild
Baker, Ginger
Bruning, Dale
L grimas Mexicanas ~ Cantuaria, Vinicius
Costello, Elvis
DeJohnette, Jack
Floratone II ~ Floratone
Granelli, Jerry
Haden, Petra
Hall, Jim
Harris, Jerome
Hersch, Fred
Hodges, Johnny
Holland, Dave
Holland, Dave (1~Bass)
Jan Ber nek
Johnson, Marc (Bass)
Bass Desires [Slipcase] ~ Johnson, Marc (Bass)
Konitz, Lee
Lewis, George (Trombone)
Lewis, George (Trombone/Electro
Miles, Ron (Trumpet)
Motian, Paul
Time And Again ~ Motian, Paul
Original Soundtrack
Peacock, Gary
Roberts, Hank
Rubinstein, Donald
12 Songs ~ Scheinman, Jenny
Schuller, Ed
Shrieve, Michael
The Kentucky Derby Is Decadent and Depraved [PA] ~ Thompson, Hunter S
Joy In Spite of Everything ~ Turner, Mark (Sax)
Viklicky, Emil
Weber, Eberhard
White, Michael (Jazz Violin)
White, Michael (Violinist)
Zorn, John (Composer)
John Zorn: The Mysteries ~ Zorn, John (Composer)
In Lambeth: Visions from the Walled Garden of Will ~ Zorn, John (Composer)

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 09/21/1999
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 1999
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 5598652
Music Label Name Label : Decca
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00731455986525

Professional Reviews

Rolling Stone (9/30/99, p.87)
- 3 stars out of 5 - "...[revives] the master's dynamic orchestrations and elegant drifts and still [moves] forward. Eclectic guitarist Bill Frisell offers a debonair solution on this set of arrangements..."

Entertainment Weekly (10/15/99, p.83)
- "...Frisell turns an intriguing concept into a lovely and mostly instrumental project....[His] attitude toward idiom is slippery and generous." - Rating: B

CMJ (11/1/99, p.30)
- "...Bill Frisell set out to record a full band interpretation of [Burt Bacharach and Elvis Costello's] PAINTED FROM MEMORY using a cast of stars....Frisell's distinctly different versions bear the leader's stamp both as a player and as an arranger."

JazzTimes (12/99, pp.147-8)
- "...Frisell works up soulful, horn chart-laced readings of the songs, with such comrades as drummer Brian Blades, Don Byron, Ron Miles, and Curtis Fowlkes....This is brainy music...with beauty in mind, which makes the like-minded closet romantic Frisell a perfect match."

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