After years of fiddling around with the lute, bringing the plight of shipbuilders from his native English town of Newcastle to Broadway, and reforming a little side project called The Police for a low-key, two-year world reunion tour, Gordon Matthew Sumner (aka Sting) returns to the pop/rock scene with 57th and 9th, his first proper album in the genre in well over a decade.
for release on November 11, the record has the 64-year-old
singer/bassist accompanied by his longtime bandmates, guitarist
Dominic Miller and drummer Vinnie Colaiuta (Colaiuta also played
drums on one of Police guitarist Andy Summers’ solo albums). Guests
include guitarist Lyle Workman, San Antonio-based Tex Mex band The
Last Bandoleros, and bassist Josh Freese.
album title and cover photo seem to suggest that the recording was
made in New York City, at least partially. Or maybe it was rehearsed
there. Sting might even make a concert appearance or few in the Big
Apple to promote and support the new material.
timing couldn’t be more perfect. If you’re a Sting fan, the album
could be either a victory celebration or a consolation prize
depending on whether your guy or gal wins or loses a few days