Fri, 4 February 2011
Given Walt Disney's fondness for jazz music dating back to the late 1920s and early '30s, it's no surprise that many artists in subsequent decades recorded interpretations of popular songs associated with his film's soundtracks. Disney music fans over the years included, Louis Armstrong, Dave Brubeck (Dave Digs Disney), Miles Davis Some Day My Prince Will Come"), John Coltrane (“Chim-Chim-Cheree”) and even Sun Ra (“Hi Ho, Hi Ho”). The embrace of Disney's musical legacy continues with a compilation of newly recorded songs, Disney Jazz Volume 1: Everybody Wants to Be a Cat, which will be released by the Walt Disney Records imprint, Disney Pearl Series on February 15th.
I spoke with Jason about the new CD, which he hopes will result is a series of releases and perhaps live performances. Podcast 206 is that conversation, with musical interludes including three sneak previews from the project:
Esperanza Spalding – “Chim-Chim-Cheree” from Disney Jazz Volume 1: Everybody Wants to Be a Cat.
Nikki Yanofsky – “It’s a Small World” from Disney Jazz Volume 1: Everybody Wants to Be a Cat.
Billie Holiday – “Strange Fruit (Tricky Remix) from Verve Remixed. A tad controversial, Olaine supervised the first of the Verve remix projects, with Trip-Hop ace Tricky taking the classic Billie Holiday song and turning it into something altogether new and different.
Dave Brubeck – “When You Wish Upon a Star” from Dave Digs Disney. A little outro music from the greatest of Disney interpreters, circa 1956, with Brubeck on piano, Paul Desmond on alto sax, Eugene Wright on bass and Joe Morello on drums.
Direct download: Podcast_208_-_A_Conversation_with_Jason_Olaine.mp3
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