Stones songs get jazz treatment on Ries album
By Dan Ouellette
NEW YORK (Billboard) – The timing may be a bit off, but
saxophonist Tim Ries is still psyched about his new CD, “The
Rolling Stones Project” (Concord Jazz).
Originally scheduled for earlier this year, the album will
see the light of day Aug. 9 — when he’s right in the middle of
a monthlong rehearsal for the Rolling Stones’ world tour, which
kicks off Aug. 21 in Boston.
On his third tour with the band, Ries won’t have much time
to support his album, a spirited collection of Mick
Jagger-Keith Richards songs given a jazz treatment. Shortly
before traveling to Toronto and Japan with his own band, Ries
says, “When the album comes out, I’ll be working with the
Stones, but because of the tour there might be a buzz about my
There already is in Japan, where “The Rolling Stones
Project” was released May 18 on Sony Japan jazz imprint Village
Records and sold 10,000 copies in two weeks.
The CD features a who’s who of top-drawer jazz artists,
including pianist Bill Charlap, guitarist Bill Frisell, bassist
John Patitucci and drummer Brian Blade. Vocalists include
Sheryl Crow, Luciana Souza, Lisa Fischer and Norah Jones, who
appears on a version of “Wild Horses.”
The bonus guests include Stones Charlie Watts, Richards and
Ronnie Wood, who all contribute to “Slippin’ Away” and “Honky
Tonk Woman.” When Ries first started working on the project, he
sought the Stones’ blessing and received it enthusiastically.
“Charlie wanted to be on it, then Keith and Ronnie,” Ries says,
“and then it snowballed into something bigger than I ever