Ben Sidran Dylan Different Product Type Compact Disc Jazz Music

Track Title. 1 Everything Is Broken. 2 Highway 61 Revisited. 3 Tangled Up In Blue. 4 Gotta Serve Somebody. 5 Rainy Day Women 12 & 35. 6 Ballad Of A Thin Man. 7 Maggie’s Farm. 8 Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door. 9 Subterranean Homesick Blues. 10 On The Road Again. 11 All I Really Want To Do. 12 Blowin’ In The Wind. Upon hearing Everything Is Broken, the opening track of Ben Sidran’s Dylan Different, a collection of Bob Dylan covers that uncovers a near symbiotic connection to his source’s material, one wonders what took him so long to record this. Sidran chose a dozen tunes from Dylan s songbook and recorded them over four days in France, applying his requisite musicality, unaffected jazzman’s cool, and streetwise yet elegant poetic imagination. There is a decidedly old-school feel to the manner in which this material is recorded that recalls his late-’70s sides. Sidran plays Fender Rhodes, Wurlitzer, and acoustic piano as well as a Hammond B-3, and is accompanied by a killer backing band that includes trumpeter Michael Leonhart, drummer Alberto Malo, bassist Marcello Giuliani, saxophonist Bob Malach, guitarist Rodolphe Burger, and vocalist Amy Helm. His son Leo did the horn arrangements and played additional piano, B-3, and koto, and there are guests on backing vocals, including Georgie Fame, who duets on Rainy Day Women 12 & 35, and Jorge Drexler on “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door.” What it all adds up to is a truly new presentation of Dylan s work that seamlessly fits Sidran s aesthetic without removing the authority of these songs from their historical context. Check the nocturnal funky groove on Gotta Serve Somebody or the bluesy dual pianos on Tangled Up in Blue, on which Sidran does his talk-singing accompanied by female backing vocalists on the chorus and a restrained horn section. He turns the tune into a slippery, finger-popping club number.

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