The Andrew Bird Trio announces the release of Sunday Morning Put-On, a new album out 24th May on Loma Vista Recordings. Featuring Bird’s own unique takes on classic songs by Cole Porter, Duke Ellington, Lerner & Loewe, Rodgers & Hart and more, the record finds him re-immersed in a lifelong love of mid-century, small group jazz and the Great American Songbook. Accompanied by a masterful rhythm section – Ted Poor on drums, Alan Hampton on bass – Sunday Morning Put-On marks the culmination of a passion that has been building within him for nearly 30 years. The music he interprets dates back to his formative encounters with the titans who have consciously and subliminally influenced his career, and all of its numerous changes and acclaimed chapters. Sonically and personally, Sunday Morning Put-On is unlike anything he has done before, and it begins with a trip through time:

“When I was in my 20s, I lived in an old apartment-hotel in the Edgewater neighborhood of Chicago. It was cheap and inhabited mostly by retired Jesuit priests and nuns from nearby Loyola University. The gym had old Schwinn 10-speed bicycles up on cinder blocks for low-rent pelotons, an old swimming pool where they played opera, and the steam room was a clubhouse for the local Russian mob. Most Saturday nights I’d stay up listening to a radio show called ‘Blues Before Sunrise’ on WBEZ from 12-4am. The DJ, Steve Cushing, played old rare 78rpm records of blues, jazz and gospel. Then I’d sleep for a few hours and wake to Dick Buckley’s show, also on WBEZ, featuring what he called ‘Golden Era’ jazz from the 30s and 40s. My love for a certain era of jazz up through the mid-20th Century has been constant through many transmutations in my own work, the bulk of which is not jazz at all. Once I had some distance between myself and this time when I was under its spell, I wanted to immerse myself in it again.” -Andrew Bird

Listen to the Andrew Bird Trio’s “I Fall In Love Too Easily” (Sammy Cahn-Jule Styne) & “I’ve Grown Accustomed To Her Face” (Alan Jay Lerner-Frederick Loewe): HERE

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