CD Fire at Keaton's Bar and Grill (CD 1003824), Audio Other
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Fire at Keaton's Bar and Grill


  • 1. Fire Suite 1 - (featuring Elvis Costello/Cyrus Chestnut)
    2. Fire Suite 2
    3. Fire Suite 3 - (featuring Elvis Costello)
    4. Bar Stool Paradise - (featuring Nancy King/Charles Earland)
    5. Last Call - (featuring Richard Butler)
    6. Jazz Night at Keaton's - (featuring Charles Earland)
    7. Bend in the Night, A - (featuring Darius de Haas/David Driver)
    8. Carol Ann - (featuring Corey Harris)
    9. Toast Quartet
    10. Loss - (featuring Juan "Coco" de Jesus)
    11. Cups - (featuring Debbie Harry)
    12. Fire Suite Reprise - (featuring Elvis Costello)
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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 1024

  • Credits
    ProducerBob Appel
    Engineer

    Personnel includes: Roy Nathanson (soprano, alto & tenor saxophones); Deborah Harry, Elvis Costello, Nancy King, Kenny Washington, Juan "Coco" De Jesus, Richard Butler, David Driver, Darius De Haas, Corey Harris (vocals); Ned Rothenberg (alto saxophone); Jay Rodriguez (tenor saxophone); Sam Furnace (baritone saxophone); Rob Johnson (trumpet); Curtis Fowlkes (trombone); Erik Freidlander (cello); Bill Ware (vibraphone, piano, Hammond B-3 organ); Cyrus Chestnut, Deidre Rodman, Anthony Coleman (piano); Charles Earland (Hammond B-3 organ); Marc Ribot, David Gilmore (guitar); Brad Jones (bass); E.J. Rodriguez (drums, congas, percussion); Ben Perowsky (drums); Bob Appel, Greg Thompson (background vocals).
    Engineers include: Hugo Dwyer, Ciaran Byrne, Howard Johnston.
    Includes liner notes by Ray Dobbins.
    Personnel: Roy Nathanson (alto saxophone, tenor saxophone); David Driver, Debbie Harry, Richard Butler, Darius de Haas (vocals); David Gilmore, Marc Ribot (guitar); Robert Thomas (violin); Erik Friedlander (cello); Hector del Curto (bandoneon); Ned Rothenberg (alto saxophone); Jay Rodriguez (tenor saxophone); Sam Furnace (baritone saxophone); Rob Johnson (trumpet); Curtis Fowlkes (trombone); Marcus Rojas (tuba); Bill Ware (piano, vibraphone); Cyrus Chestnut, Deidre Rodman, Anthony Coleman (piano); E.J. Rodriguez (drums, percussion); Ben Perowsky (drums); Chris Kelly , Danny Blume (programming).
    Audio Mixer: Ben Wisch.
    Saxophonist/composer Roy Nathanson's resume includes John Lurie's Lounge Lizards, fusion-freebop combo The Jazz Passengers (co-leading with Curtis Fowlkes), a saxophone quartet with Steve Lacy, and a long-term duo with avant-jazz keyboardist Anthony Coleman, as well as leading his own quartet. Here, he constructs a modern song cycle, a series of vocal and instrumental vignettes, where the listener is given a tour of the colorful characters that inhabit KEATON'S BAR & GRILL.
    Collaborating with lyricist Ray Dobbins, Nathanson paints some intriguing (and sometimes harrowing) portraits. The characters are portrayed by Elvis Costello, Deborah Harry, Nancy King and Corey Harris, while the sounds range from blues-drenched, swinging soul-jazz organ combos (featuring the late jazz organ legend Charles Earland), to modern Astor Piazzolla-style tango, to quirky art-songs in the vein of Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht. Nathanson wails, but he solos judiciously--FIRE AT KEATON'S... features tight, intricate, unpredictable ensemble playing. The music, as well as the singers, becomes part of the narrative in the classic musical theater tradition.

  • Critic Reviews
    CMJ (4/3/00, p.37) - "...Boasts a loose, carefree and lounge-like feel....not only a star-studded cabaret affair, but also a fun listen."
    Down Beat (6/00, p.70) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...A concept album turned musical...creating a drama surrounding the burning down of the fictional artiste bar....This one delivers for fans of sophisticated pop and jazz."
    JazzTimes (8/00, p.124) - "...The album plays like a Raymond Carver tale, complete with Elvis Costello as 'Singleton' the narrator, Deborah Harry as 'Cups' the bartender and Richard Butler as possible arsonist 'Richard Blair'...Nathanson blends cool jazz, quirky tango and a handful of swing-time pop ballads to pace the narrative..."
    Mojo (Publisher) (11/00, p.106) - "...A dense, impressionistic song cycle..."
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