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[NEW RELEASE] CHRISSIE HYNDE

Sept 11,2019
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CHRISSIE HYNDE

“Valve Bone Woe”

Label: BMG
Genre: Jazz

Pretenders frontwoman Chrissie Hynde brings much of the same qualities to “Valve Bone Woe’’ - her latest collection of tunes, mostly orchestral jazz - as she does to her rock performances: attitude, commitment and expressiveness.

Working with producers Marius de Vries and Eldad Guetta, along with mostly Britain-based jazz musicians like David Hartley, Ian Thomas and Andy Wood, Hynde opens with the song from this album that could most unobtrusively fit on one by the Pretenders: a verbose rush through the horn-heavy “How Glad I Am,’’ a 1964 hit for Nancy Wilson.

A large string section often adds a dreamy dimension to compositions like John Coltrane’s “Naima,’’ where the lack of lyrics doesn’t keep Hynde from making an impression, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Hello Young Lovers’’ and Nick Drake’s delicate “River Man.’’

That dreamiest of styles, bossa nova, gets a couple of nods, first with a real standard of the genre in “Once I Loved,’’ but also with a hidden gem from The Kinks’ 1967 album “Something Else,’’ Ray Davies’ bossa nova-inspired “No Return.’’ AP