Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Andy Summers in New York City (and on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon) This Weekend

Police guitarist Andy Summers will be in New York City this weekend to promote Can’t Stand Losing You: Surviving The Police, a documentary film co-produced by Nicolas Cage and based on Summers’ 2006 memoir One Train Later. Further information can be found at www.cantstandlosingyou.com.

Summers will also be appearing on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon on Friday, March 20, 2015.

To mark the occasion, I am listening to World Gone Strange, Summers’ only solo album not to be recorded in his adopted home state of California. The 1991 release was in fact recorded in New York City. Below is my review of the CD:

CD Retro (Fan) Review – World Gone Strange, by Andy Summers

Of all of Andy Summers’ albums, this one has really resonated with me over the years. In fact, as I get older, I find myself returning to it again and again. It's the most focused, consistent, and guitar-centric album of Summers’ entire solo discography.

There’s no flash or pizazz here – just classy, elegant electric guitar music, with hints of jazz, blues, and funk. There isn’t one lackluster tune on the CD. It is flawless from beginning to end.

Summers’ spot-on backing band includes Tony Levin on bass, Mitchell Forman on keyboards, and Chad Wackerman on drums, with guest performances by Eliane Elias on piano, Victor Bailey on bass, Nana Vasconcelos and Manola Badrena on percussion, producer Mike Mainieri on marimba, and Bendik on soprano saxophone.

Andy Summers has a varied body of work, all of which is enjoyable, some more than others. I consider this to be his most timeless and universal. It’s my favorite.

--Raj Manoharan

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