Thursday, August 5, 2010

Brian Wilson Celebrates Gershwin in NYC

Beach Boys frontman Brian Wilson has been making music for more than 50 years. So it's pretty remarkable that his latest effort - a gorgeous, 14-track compilation where he "reimagines" George Gershwin's finest for Disney Pearl - is so cutting edge.

Poison Ivy had the opportunity to check out the record - and chat with Wilson - at an intimate listening party at New York's Core Club Tuesday night.

"In a sea of Jonas Brothers and Hannah Montana records, I've found something that completely rocks my world," Disney's Vice President of Marketing Rob Souriall told the crowd of some 100 friends and fans.

Souriall has a point.

Marrying light-hearted California crooning with Gershwin's timeless New York classics, Wilson has created an elegant, pop-rocking affair that bookends with the cinematic "Rhapsody in Blue," builds hope with the re-constructed "The Like in I Love You," sambas in "'S Wonderful," and invents new levels of catchy in "They Can't Take That Away From Me."

Off in a corner, David Letterman's bassist Will Lee was grinning like a mad man.

Of course, the creation couldn't have sounded too bad - nothing ever does - when blasted from a Steinway Lyngdorf loudspeaker that retails at just under $200K.

Rolling Stone Executive Editor Jason Fine, a close friend of Wilson's who introduced Brian Wilson Reimagines Gershwin to the audience Tuesday night, may have put it best:

"[Wilson] is a man of few words, but his music says everything."

[Photo by Michael Simon/Simon Media] 

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