We’re wrapping up Hal Willner Week with a bonus post of this lesser know Willner production. It’s not a tribute album, but a soundtrack collaboration with filmmaker, Robert Altman – a kindred spirit when it comes to the concept of gathering together absurd numbers of talented people to breath the same air. Short Cuts is the 1993 soundtrack to Altman’s film of the same name and, while a bit off of the beaten path of Hal’s tribs, it still employs some of the same spirit of diversity. The core group here is fronted by Annie Ross, best known for her time in the 50s/60s jazz vocal group, Hendricks, Lambert & Ross (she also appears as a performer in the film itself). Willner’s fingerprints appear in the material selection and guest stars. “Conversations On A Barstool,” for instance, is written by Bono & The Edge (originally penned for Marianne Faithful, but never recorded), while “Punishing Kiss” is an Elvis Costello/Cait O’Riordan composition. NRBQ’s Terry Adams is an anchor in Ross’ backing band, but also collaborates with Iggy Pop on “Evil California (These Blues).” Four songs come from a previously unknown collaboration between famed songwriter Doc Pomus and Dr. John, while guests Bruce Fowler (The Mothers), Michael Stipe (REM), Roy Nathanson (The Jazz Passengers), Lenny Pickett (SNL), Anthony Coleman, Bobby Previte, Greg Cohen (and others) add to the rotating cast. Different from Willner’s other multi-artist creations, but hardcore music lovers may appreciate. PROGRAMMING NOTE: We weren’t able to gather together all the Willner tributes we were after (Stormy Weather: The Music of Harold Arlen and New Prohibition – A Musical History of Hemp, being two we missed), but we did get the bulk of them together these past 10 days. There’s also a very cool Hal production buried in a Wormhole that we can’t talk much about (HERE). Find all of our Hal Willner Week posts, HERE. Find Short Cuts at Amazon, HERE.
Open On Helicopters (Sound Effect) (0:51)
Annie Ross/The Low Note Quintet Conversation On A Barstool (5:46)
Annie Ross/The Low Note Quintet + Steven Bernstein, Dave Tronzo To Hell With Love (6:25)
Annie Ross/The Low Note Quintet Punishing Kiss (3:17)
Lori Singer/The Trout Quartet DVORAK: Cello Concerto In B Minor (5:17)
Annie Ross/The Low Note Quintet Blue (4:48)
Annie Ross/The Low Note Quintet + Iggy Pop, Anthony Coleman Evil California (These Blues) (3:51)
Lori Singer STRAVINSKY: Berceuse from The Firebird Suite (2:51)
Annie Ross/The Low Note Quintet A Thousand Years (4:27)
Lori Singer/The Trout Quartet HERBERT: Cello Concerto No. 2, Opus 30 – First Movement (5:05)
Annie Ross/The Low Note Quintet + Roy Nathanson Imitation Of A Kiss (4:37)
Annie Ross/The Low Note Quintet + Michael Stipe, Steven Bernstein, Dave Tronzo Full Moon (4:00)
Annie Ross/The Low Note Quintet + Dave Tronzo & Lori Singer I Don’t Know You (6:12)
The Low Note Quintet Nothing Can Stop Me Now (4:37)
Earthquake Into Low Note (Sound Effect) (0:20)
Annie Ross/The Low Note Quintet + Lenny Pickett Prisoner Of Life/I’m Gonna Go Fishin’ (7:06)
Thomas Tree & Cory J. Coppage How Does She Do It So Quickly? (0:51)
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