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"Gangsta's Paradise," 1920s Style
Hey all, Greetings from Luxembourg!! While I have the wifi, I wanted to share with you this week's PMJ video, featuring the always amazing Robyn Adele Anderson on vocals: Coolio's "Gangsta's Paradise," 1920s style. In other words, the way Al Capone would've heard it. Since the only melodic material in the song is the hook (which Coolio borrowed from Stevie Wonder's "Pasttime Paradise"), I wrote a 1920's Duke Ellington style chart and Robyn came up with a melody to fit the words. I then brought in our talented horn player friends to give a bit of that Ellington flair: Mike Cottone on growl-y trumpet, Lemar Guillary on trombone, and Jacob Scesney on clarinet. The bridge ties in a little bit of No Doubt's "Bathwater," too, making the final product a pretty cool pastiche of styles. Thank you all SO much for your support!! Our US tour is selling well, and we can't wait to trek across the country to bring our vintage party to all of you this Spring. As always, I've attached the .wav file and MP3 for this song, so you can listen while you exercise / commute / relax / visit a 1920s speakeasy. Have a great week! Scott
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