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Billy Childs: Lyric

By Published: November 7, 2005

AAJ: I want to ask you about something you just said. There was a Mass written by Bernstein with the text by Paul Simon? Wow. That's cool. That's a great combination of artists.

BC: Well, I think there was a part in it where Paul Simon wrote some words. Wait, let me see here... I'm trying to find it. I'm looking in my CD collection. I can't find it now. But yeah, I think that's true. Paul Simon, maybe he took some part of the Mass and put it in his own words, or maybe just wrote some words, or maybe treated the whole thing. I'm not sure of his involvement, but there is some section of it that the words are by Paul Simon. It's a great idea. It's just called Mass. It's a real famous Bernstein piece. It's one of his major opuses.

AAJ: Anything you'd like to mention to finish up?

BC: No, not really. I would obviously like to mention the CD (available only online at www.billychilds.com—not in any retail stores or other online outlets). Lyric is something that represents my attempt to invite the listener in. I was trying to have the music have a directness of melody so that would invite the listener in. Then underneath there would be layers of complexity. It would be sophisticated still but on top the main thing would be the melody which wouldn't be so abstruse as to scare a listener away. But that wouldn't diminish the complexity. I find that the music I enjoy the most does that. So that's what I was trying to do.

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Selected Discography

Billy Childs, Lyric: Jazz-Chamber Music Vol. 1 (Lunacy Music, 2005)
Claudia Acuna, Rhythm of Life (Verve, 2002)
Chris Botti, Night Sessions (Sony, 2001)
Dianne Reeves, The Calling: Celebrating Sarah Vaughn (Blue Note, 2001)
Billy Childs, Bedtime Stories (32 Jazz, 2000)
Grover Washington, Jr. Aria (Sony, 2000)
Billy Childs, Skim Coat (Metropolitan, 1999)
Freddie Hubbard, Above & Beyond (Metropolitan, 1999)

Joe Locke, Slander (And Other Love Songs) (Milestone, 1998)
Headhunters, The Return of the Headhunters (Verve Forecast, 1998)
Joe Locke, Sound Tracks (Milestone, 1997)
Billy Childs, Child Within (Shanachie, 1996)
Freddie Hubbard, Keystone Bop Vol. 2: Friday & Saturday Night (Prestige, 1996)
Billy Childs, I've Known Rivers (Stretch, 1994)
Joe Locke, Moment to Moment (Milestone, 1994)

Billy Childs, Portrait of a Player (Windham Hill, 1993)
Fareed Haque, Sacred Addiction (Blue Note, 1993)
Billy Childs, His April Touch (Windham Hill, 1991)
Bob Sheppard, Tell Tale Signs (Windham Hill, 1991)
Bob Belden, Straight to My Heart: The Music of Sting (Blue Note, 1991)
Billy Childs, Twilight is Upon Us (Windham Hill, 1989)
Billy Childs, Take for Example This... (Windham Hill Jazz, 1988)
Allan Holdsworth, Atavachron (Enigma, 1986)

Photo Credits
Top two photos courtesy of www.billychilds.com
Bottom photo by John Ballon



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