This week’s Album Of The Week is a Jazz Vocal album of sorts from Chrissie Hynde, best known as the lead singer of the legendary rock band The Pretenders. The album, entitled “Valve Bone Woe,” features covers of both rock and jazz classics interpreted by Hynde in Jazz Style. Her Rock N’ Roll chops allow her to put an edgy sheen on the material which makes it both approachable and enchanting. Check this album out and thank me later! (Stream Below)
Here’s a blurb from the promo material:
Hynde’s new album Valve Bone Woe features 14 tracks written by a stunning array of classic songwriters and innovators, including Davies, Brian Wilson, Frank Sinatra, Charles Mingus, Hoagy Carmichael, John Coltrane, Nick Drake and Rodgers and Hammerstein.
Valve Bone Woe was produced by Marius de Vries and recorded with the Valve Bone Woe Ensemble at Air Studios in London.
About the album, Hynde says:
“A few years back when I saw an obit in the paper for the valve-trombonist, Bob Brookmeyer, I mailed my jazz sax-playing brother, saying ‘R. I. P. Bob Brookmeyer.’ Terry, a man of few words, responded with ‘Valve Bone Woe,’ a kind of Haiku beatnik prose.
“I thought that was a perfect title for the album I’d been working on with producer Marius de Vries. After we’d recorded ‘I Wish You Love’ for the Eye Of The Beholder soundtrack I’d often expressed a desire to do more along those lines. What eventually emerged was the idea to do what we refer to as our Jazz/Dub album, the one you’re now holding in your hand.