The Pretenders’ Chrissie Hynde has trimmed Charles Mingus’ 23-minute long “Meditation on a Pair Of Wire Cutters” down to a tight, hypnotic three-minute track, releasing the song ahead of an upcoming album of jazz-infused covers.
Released on June 3, the song comes out ahead of Hynde’s forthcoming Valve Bone Woe, due out on Sept. 6th. In addition to the Mingus tune, Hynde and her Valve Bone Woe ensemble cover songs from Frank Sinatra, the Beach Boys, Nick Drake, Hynde’s ex-husband Ray Davies, and many others. See the complete track list below.
Hynde’s rock chops are undeniable, but the singer says she has a “soft spot” for jazz.
“I’m not hugely interested in branching out into other musical genres, being a devout rock singer as such, but jazz is something I grew up around (thanks to my bro) and I’ve always had a soft spot for it,” Hynde said in a statement. “I often bemoan what I regard as a decline in melody in popular music and I wanted to sing melodies. Plus, I have a penchant for cover songs, it’s the surprise of singing something that I didn’t think of writing myself that turns me on.”
Ahead of Valve Bone Woe‘s release, Hynde said she’s hopeful there’s new interest in the genre.
“Jazz got sidelined by rock & roll in the ’60s, but now the demise of rock seems to be heralding in a newfound interest in it, the most creative and innovative musical form of the 20th century. I’m happy to jump on the bandwagon.”
Hynde, together with the L.A. Philharmonic, will perform much of the album at a special concert at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles on July 6. She will also perform as part of the BBC’s Proms In The Park in Hyde Park on Sept. 14th. For more information on the show, click here.
Valve Bone Woe track list:
“How Glad I Am” (Jimmy Williams, Larry Harrison)
“Caroline, No” (Tony Asher, Brian Wilson)
“I’m a Fool to Want You” (Frank Sinatra, Joel Herron, Jack Wolf)
“I Get Along Without You Very Well (Except Sometimes)” (Hoagy Carmichael)
“Meditation on a Pair of Wire Cutters” (Charles Mingus)
“Once I Loved” (Norman Gimbel, Vinicius De Moraes, Antonio Jobim)
“Wild Is the Wind” (Ned Washington, Dimitri Tiomkin)
“You Don’t Know What Love Is” (Don Raye, Gene De Paul)
“River Man” (Nick Drake)
“Absent Minded Me” (Jule Styne, Bob Merrill)
“Naima” (John Coltrane)
“Hello, Young Lovers” (Richard Rogers, Oscar Hammerstein II)
“No Return” (Ray Davies)
“Que Reste-T-il de Nos Amours” (Charles Trenet)