Sgt. Pepper saluted by contemporary jazz musicians

The iconic Beatles album has been given a new lick by artists including Shabaka Hutchings, Miles Mosely and a little help from their friends

A number of progressive jazz artists have been invited to recreate and re-interpret the Beatles’ seminal 1967 ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’ with a new album released on vinyl this January. Contributors include multi-award winning British Saxophonist Shabaka Hutchings and his band The Ancestors taking on ‘Good Morning Good Morning’ while US drummer Antonio Sanchez performs the opening title track and bassist Miles Mosely (from LA’s West Coast Get Down) plays ‘Lovely Rita’.

The verve record label says after five decades this is a great chance to revisit an album that “remains the gold standard of musical innovation”, Danny Bennett, President & CEO says “The record not only changed the course of musical history but defined a generation and remains timeless. Each artist was given the challenge to create a work that would push the musical envelope by presenting an impressionistic rendering of a favourite song from ‘Pepper’. I’m proud to say that what you hear are enduring interpretations wholly original, which more than exceeded my expectations.”

‘A Day In The Life: Impressions of Pepper’ Track Listing: 
 
1. Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (performed by Antonio Sanchez)
2. With A Little Help From My Friends (performed by Mary Halvorson)
3. Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds (performed by Makaya McCraven)
4. Getting Better (performed by Wildflower)
5. Fixing A Hole (performed by Cameron Graves)
6. She’s Leaving Home (performed by Keyon Harrold)
7. Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite! (performed by Brandee Younger)
8. Within You Without You (performed by Onyx Collective)
9. When I’m Sixty Four (performed by Sullivan Fortner)
10. Lovely Rita (performed by Miles Mosley)
11. Good Morning Good Morning (performed by Shabaka & The Ancestors)
12. Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise) (performed by Antonio Sanchez)
13. A Day In The Life (performed by The JuJu Exchange)
 

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