John Pizzarelli to Release Album of Paul McCartney Covers Sept. 11

Ex-Beatle suggested the idea to the guitarist/vocalist

John Pizzarelli at the Detroit Jazz Festival, 2014 image 0
Marek Lazarski

John Pizzarelli at the Detroit Jazz Festival, 2014

Guitarist and vocalist John Pizzarelli will release Midnight McCartney, an album of Paul McCartney covers, on Concord Records on Sept. 11. The idea for the album, which also features Pizzarelli’s wife, singer Jessica Molaskey, and pianist Larry Goldings, came from McCartney himself. According to a press release, the former Beatle suggested to Pizzarelli that he cut songs from McCartney’s canon. Pizzarelli and McCartney got to know each other when the guitarist contributed to McCartney’s Kisses on the Bottom, an album of standards. Pizzarelli has dipped into this catalog before, having recorded John Pizarelli Meets the Beatles in 1996.

Track listing

Silly Love Songs

My Love (includes Pizzarelli’s father Bucky on rhythm guitar)

Heart of the Country

Coming Up

No More Lonely Nights

Warm and Beautiful

Hi, Hi, Hi


My Valentine

Let ‘Em In

Some People Never Know

Maybe I’m Amazed