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Billy Childs goes back to his roots on latest album The Winds of Change
Billy Childs has announced his latest album The Winds of Change. In his third release with Mack Avenue, the Grammy-winning pianist, composer and arranger is joined by an all-star quartet consisting of trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire, bassist Scott Colley and drummer Brian Blade. “I have been doing all of these lofty projects, chamber things, symphonic things… I wanted to just get back to being a jazz pianist,” Childs says. “Fortunately, these extraordinary musicians find my music interesting enough that they want to be a part of it.” Listen to the lead single “The End of Innocence”:
The album includes five new original compositions along with unique arrangements of Chick Corea’s “Crystal Silence” and Kenny Barron’s “The Black Angel.”
The music was inspired by film noir; great film composers like Jerry Goldsmith, Bernard Herrmann and John Williams; and nostalgia for the Los Angeles of Childs’ youth.
Here’s the track listing:
- The Great Western Loop
- The Winds of Change
- The End of Innocence
- Master of the Game
- Crystal Silence
- The Black Angel
- I Thought I Knew
Billy Childs’ The Winds of Change is out March 17, 2023, via Mack Avenue.