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Stones’ Band Member to Release Jazzed-Up Album of Stones Songs

Rolling Stones fans and jazz fanatics alike should be thrilled (or at least intrigued) about Tim Ries’ new album, The Rolling Stones Project (Concord), which will hit stores on Aug. 9. Ries, along with artists such as Sheryl Crow, Norah Jones and even some of the Rolling Stones themselves, bring together a new sound to some old favorites such as “Satisfaction,” “Honky Tonk Women,” “Wild Horses,” “Paint It Black” and others.

The idea for such an album came to Ries while touring with the Rolling Stones, which he has done since 1999, he said. He originally decided to add some jazz flavor to the song “Moonlight Mile” and ran it by his producer, who urged him to create an entire album of such songs, Ries explained. Soon after, Ries re-created three other tunes with the help of Bill Charlap, John Patitucci and Brian Blade, and sought for the approval of the Rolling Stones themselves. Impressed with the arranged songs, Charlie Watts, Keith Richards and Ron Wood joined the crew, and in 2002, the group started to record, said Ries. He said he was planning to record with his quintet, but the interest sparked in his new venture “just kind of snowballed into this huge event.”

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