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Tim Ries: Stones World

Saxophonist Tim Ries can’t be criticized for being all over the place on his latest release, the double-CD Stones World. That was his intention. A member of the Rolling Stones’ touring band since 1999, Ries interprets a dozen of the group’s tunes here, with world music arrangements.

Stones World is Ries’ follow-up to the 2005 release The Rolling Stones Project, which featured an all-star cast focusing more on jazz arrangements of hits. Credit Ries for choosing material from lesser-known albums here, like the underrated 1976 release Black and Blue. Yet his “African” arrangement of “Hey Negrita” strays from the original only through the contributions of African group Tidawt, which chants around Bernard Fowler’s lead vocal. Ries plays the main melody; Charlie Watts, Ron Wood and Mick Jagger (on harmonica) add Stones nuances.

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