History achievement: Chrissie Hynde tops 'Billboard' jazz album chart with new solo project, 'Valve Bone Woe'
Written by Classic Rock 93.9 on September 23, 2019
The Pretenders‘ Chrissie Hynde has enjoyed plenty of success on the pop and rock charts during her long career, but the singer has now made a mark on the jazz world as well.
The Rock & Roll Hall of Famer’s new jazz-dub project, a collection of cover tunes titled Valve Bone Woe, has debuted at the top of Billboard’s Traditional Jazz Albums chart.
The album, on which Hynde collaborated with award-winning producers and film score composers Marius de Vries and Eldad Guetta, also bowed at #2 on Billboard‘s overall Jazz Albums chart following its September 6 release.
As previously reported, Valve Bone Woe features 14 songs, including versions of songs written and/or recorded by The Beach Boys‘ Brian Wilson, The Kinks‘ Ray Davies, Frank Sinatra, Hoagy Carmichael, John Coltrane, Charles Mingus, Nick Drake and Rodgers & Hammerstein.
Hynde recorded the album with a musical collective called the Valve Bone Woe Ensemble.
Chrissie currently has one show scheduled in support of Valve Bone Woe: a November 24 concert at Royal Festival Hall in London at which she’ll be accompanied by the ensemble.
The album is available on CD, as a two-LP vinyl set and as a vinyl box set featuring seven seven-inch discs. Various special bundles can be purchased at Hynde’s online store.
Here’s the track list of Valve Bone Woe, along with the composers of each song:
“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)
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