Bob Dylan‘s 36th studio album, Shadows in the Night, is available today from Columbia Records. The album represents a lifelong appreciation for Sinatra, toasting a very specific era in pop songwriting. Dylan performs a remarkable version of Cy Coleman & Joseph McCarthy’s poignant ballad, “Why Try to Change Me Now” with Donny Herron on pedal steel. It’s a song Sinatra first recorded on his 1959 album No One Cares followed by touching renditions by artists ranging from Jimmy Scott to Fiona Apple.
Dylan’s version of “Why Try To Change Me Now may be one of the most revealing tunes he has sung in the twentieth century. It’s the best reason he’s given for recording this album” - Pitchfork.
Feb 03 2015
Two weeks ago we lost one of the most admired vocalists in jazz, “Little” Jimmy Scott passed away June 12th in Las Vegas at the age of 88. Scott was a favorite of beboppers like Dexter Gordon and Charlie Parker and adored by vocalists such as Billie Holiday, Marvin Gaye and Ray Charles just to name a few.
“As singers, we all deal in pain,” said Ray Charles. “We’re all trying to push the pain through the music and make it sound pretty. Jimmy Scott has more pain and prettiness in his voice than any singer anywhere”.
Ray loved his singing so much that he signed Scott to his Tangerine label and in 1963 released the brilliant lp, Falling In Love is Wonderful which is now considered one of the best vocal jazz albums of all time.
“Ray advanced me $2,500,” says Jimmy. “which was ten times more that I was getting from Savoy. He hired the best arrangers in Hollywood – Gerald Wilson and Marty Paich – and let me pick out the ten love songs I thought best suited my voice. Ray played piano behind me on every track.”
This week we bring you one of the cuts from the album, Scott’s rendition of the classic Cy Coleman/Joe McCarthy ballad, “Why Try To Change Me Now”. Prettiness through pain indeed, here’s to you Jimmy!
Contact & Licensing Info
Written by Cy Coleman & Joseph A. McCarthy. Published by Notable Music Co. Inc (ASCAP) contact: Damon Booth firstname.lastname@example.org, Administered by Downtown Music Publishing contact: email@example.com and Sony/ATV Tunes LLC (ASCAP). Master controlled by Ray Charles Enterprises.
Jun 25 2014