Billy Childs: Map to the Treasure: Reimagining Laura Nyro
Thursday, May 5, 2016
2344 E Iliff Ave.
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Laura Nyro, who died in 1997 at the age of 49, was one of the most important singer-songwriters of the late 1960s and early ‘70s. Her work is known more through covers of her songs—such as “Stoney End,” “Black Patch,” “Blowing Away,” “Wedding Bell Blues,” “Stoned Soul Picnic,” “Save the Country,” “And When I Die” —performed by others (Barbara Streisand; Blood, Sweat and Tears; The 5th Dimension; Peter, Paul & Mary; Three Dog Night) than through her own performances.
Her compositions blend soul, gospel, jazz, show tunes, and pop. Billy Childs’s arrangements with vocals by Becca Stevens, Alicia Olatuja, and Denver’s own Dianne Reeves (shown above) are a loving and powerful tribute to this influential artist.
Mr. Childs is a pianist, composer and arranger, a three-time Grammy winner, and an artist who can fluidly move among jazz and other musical worlds. Denver’s own Dianne Reeves is a five-time Grammy Award winner for Best Jazz Vocal Performance, the only artist to win that Award for three consecutive albums.
“This polished product, the work of jazz pianist Billy Childs, spotlights many of Nyro’s best songs via Childs’s creative orchestrations and the marvelous guest performers… highly recommended.”
“A loving and powerful tribute.”
–Wall Street Journal