"Shut Him Down" - single by Michael Leonhart Orchestra, Elvis Costello & JSWISS

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"Shut Him Down" - single by Michael Leonhart Orchestra, Elvis Costello & JSWISS

Postby And No Coffee Table » Thu Sep 24, 2020 8:45 am

This song was apparently released without fanfare on September 22. It's on Spotify and Apple Music, but I can't find a YouTube link.

https://open.spotify.com/track/4Th7MnRGMBDJ4q6yUmaF7Y
https://music.apple.com/us/album/shut-h ... 1531533870

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Postby Hawksmoor » Thu Sep 24, 2020 11:50 am

Good catch. It's on iTunes, in the UK at least, 99p.

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Postby WindUpWorld » Thu Sep 24, 2020 4:49 pm

It's blooming' good. Another little treat that'll probably send me down a rabbit hole of musical enjoyment following Michael Leonhart.

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Postby taramasalata » Fri Sep 25, 2020 5:30 am

Also was very pleasantly surprised this morning when I heard the usual Friday's "Release Radar" on Spotify...
with that - more and more baritone but yet familiar - voice meandering through a wonderful funky guitar-horns arrangement, like a lost "Wise up ghost"-track, a true gem!
These friday's release dates are getting more and more exciting these days... he REALLY IS prolific!

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Re: "Shut Him Down" - single by Michael Leonhart Orchestra, Elvis Costello & JSWISS

Postby Man out of Time » Fri Sep 25, 2020 11:12 am

Now available to view/hear on Michael Leonhart's YouTube channel:

YouTube

Here is the backstory:

"Michael and Elvis first met in 2007 at the Molde Festival in Norway, where Costello and the late Allen Toussaint shared a double bill with Steely Dan (with whom Leonhart has played since 1996). The two kept in touch over the years, including joining forces in 2015 for an Elvis Costello & The Imposters/Steely Dan tour. Early on in the Covid quarantine, Leonhart sent Costello some instrumental music in need of lyrics, which “Michael sent from New York at the perfect time” states Costello. They finished two songs "Radio Is Everything" & "Newspaper Pane" which appear on Elvis' 2020 album "Hey Clockface". Soon after, Leonhart asked Costello to try his hand at a lyric and melody over an original heavy Afrobeat song started remotely with his Michael Leonhart Orchestra. “I’ve always been inspired by Elvis’ artistic compass which guides him to uncharted waters and towards taking creative risks. I had never heard him over this kind of groove and wanted to see where it might lead him” says Michael. Costello crafted lyrics that exist at the crossroads of political commentary and existential contemplation. Leonhart then asked rapper JSWISS, a frequent collaborator, to write a verse building off Elvis’ lyrics. The song also features a fiery bass clarinet solo from acclaimed saxophonist Chris Potter."

Not unlike some bits of Wise Up Ghost, but hard to think of another track the same. Bodes well for Hey Clockface IMHO. So pleased Elvis is still prepared to take risks, musically.

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Postby jardine » Fri Sep 25, 2020 11:37 am

:mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: a lovely 'f%$@$* the virus, just watch this video, too.
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Postby docinwestchester » Fri Sep 25, 2020 1:23 pm

Man out of Time wrote:Here is the backstory:

"Michael and Elvis first met in 2007 at the Molde Festival in Norway, where Costello and the late Allen Toussaint shared a double bill with Steely Dan (with whom Leonhart has played since 1996). The two kept in touch over the years, including joining forces in 2015 for an Elvis Costello & The Imposters/Steely Dan tour. Early on in the Covid quarantine, Leonhart sent Costello some instrumental music in need of lyrics, which “Michael sent from New York at the perfect time” states Costello. They finished two songs "Radio Is Everything" & "Newspaper Pane" which appear on Elvis' 2020 album "Hey Clockface". Soon after, Leonhart asked Costello to try his hand at a lyric and melody over an original heavy Afrobeat song started remotely with his Michael Leonhart Orchestra. “I’ve always been inspired by Elvis’ artistic compass which guides him to uncharted waters and towards taking creative risks. I had never heard him over this kind of groove and wanted to see where it might lead him” says Michael. Costello crafted lyrics that exist at the crossroads of political commentary and existential contemplation. Leonhart then asked rapper JSWISS, a frequent collaborator, to write a verse building off Elvis’ lyrics. The song also features a fiery bass clarinet solo from acclaimed saxophonist Chris Potter."

Not unlike some bits of Wise Up Ghost, but hard to think of another track the same. Bodes well for Hey Clockface IMHO. So pleased Elvis is still prepared to take risks, musically.

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Interesting. As a former band camp geek/fan of woodwinds, I immediately remembered that EC used the bass clarinet on two National Ransom songs - One Bell Ringing and You Hung the Moon. So there's that.

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Postby jardine » Fri Sep 25, 2020 1:43 pm

prepared to take risks and able to succeed so often! whew!

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end of the first minute, bass player lower right is in several screens thast are just a speck out of sync, so his guitar next...well, have a look/ enjoyable in so many ways. anyone good at lyrics...old ears

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Postby verbal gymnastics » Fri Sep 25, 2020 3:11 pm

This is the best recorded Elvis song I’ve heard this year.
It’s such a shame you had to break the heart you could have counted on

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Postby jardine » Fri Sep 25, 2020 3:24 pm

agreed

and i think the video is brilliant

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Postby sheeptotheslaughter » Tue Sep 29, 2020 2:16 am

verbal gymnastics wrote:This is the best recorded Elvis song I’ve heard this year.

I agree VG.

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Postby krm » Tue Sep 29, 2020 5:47 am

This is a good one!

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Postby chickendinna » Tue Sep 29, 2020 7:14 am

Fantastic song. Will there be an album by Michael Leonhart or just this single?

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Postby sweetest punch » Tue Sep 29, 2020 8:49 am

https://www.elviscostello.com/#!/news/299309

The new album contains:

Newspaper Pane
(Elvis Costello /Michael Leonhart / Bill Frisell)

Radio Is Everything
(Elvis Costello / Michael Leonhart / Bill Frisell / Nels Cline)


The New York sessions were produced by composer, arranger and trumpet player, Michael Leonhart in collaboration with guitarists, Bill Frisell and Nels Cline and completed, lyrically and vocally by Costello, “via Electrical Wire.”


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Postby jardine » Tue Sep 29, 2020 10:03 am

gotta say it again: can't wait for hey clockface, special edition...

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Postby krm » Tue Sep 29, 2020 2:04 pm

sweetest punch wrote:

The New York sessions were produced by composer, arranger and trumpet player, Michael Leonhart in collaboration with guitarists, Bill Frisell and Nels Cline and completed, lyrically and vocally by Costello, “via Electrical Wire.”




"Electrical wire", is that the same as telefax?

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Postby sulky lad » Tue Sep 29, 2020 4:18 pm

krm wrote:
sweetest punch wrote:

The New York sessions were produced by composer, arranger and trumpet player, Michael Leonhart in collaboration with guitarists, Bill Frisell and Nels Cline and completed, lyrically and vocally by Costello, “via Electrical Wire.”




"Electrical wire", is that the same as telefax?

Stop pretending you know about modern forms of communication, you know where this will get you ! :wink: :roll:

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Re: "Shut Him Down" - single by Michael Leonhart Orchestra, Elvis Costello & JSWISS

Postby jardine » Tue Sep 29, 2020 5:03 pm

i think it has something to do with edison, but i don't know why i think that

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Re: "Shut Him Down" - single by Michael Leonhart Orchestra, Elvis Costello & JSWISS

Postby sweetest punch » Tue Oct 06, 2020 10:44 am

Since you put me down, it seems i've been very gloomy. You may laugh but pretty girls look right through me.

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Re: "Shut Him Down" - single by Michael Leonhart Orchestra, Elvis Costello & JSWISS

Postby bronxapostle » Tue Oct 06, 2020 12:46 pm

this should be on vinyl, right?

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Re: "Shut Him Down" - single by Michael Leonhart Orchestra, Elvis Costello & JSWISS

Postby sweetest punch » Tue Oct 06, 2020 2:40 pm

https://www.broadwayworld.com/bwwmusic/ ... 9-20201006

The Michael Leonhart Orchestra & Elvis Costello Release 'SHUT HIM DOWN' Video Oct. 9
The video will premiere on Qwest TV.

Michael and Elvis first met in 2007 at the Molde Festival in Norway, where Costello and the late Allen Toussaint shared a double bill with Steely Dan (with whom Leonhart has played since 1996). The two kept in touch over the years, including joining forces in 2015 for an Elvis Costello & The Imposters/Steely Dan tour. Early on in the quarantine, Leonhart sent Costello some instrumental music in need of lyrics, which "Michael sent from New York at the perfect time" states Costello. After finishing the first two songs, Leonhart asked Costello to try his hand at a lyric and melody over an original heavy Afrobeat song started remotely with his Michael Leonhart Orchestra. "I've always been inspired by Elvis' artistic compass which guides him to uncharted waters and towards taking creative risks. I had never heard him over this kind of groove and wanted to see where it might lead him" says Michael. Costello crafted lyrics that exist at the crossroads of political commentary and existential contemplation. Leonhart then asked rapper JSWISS, a frequent collaborator, to write a verse building off Elvis' lyrics. The song also features a fiery bass clarinet solo from acclaimed saxophonist Chris Potter.

"Shut Him Down" will be premiered on Elvis' "50 Songs For 50 Days" playlist, ( https://open.spotify.com/playlist/0sdlg ... EjLSUyIKeg ) a-song-a-day rollout of 50 songs and couplets from his catalog leading up to and including Tuesday, 11/3 (Election Day).

The MLO has developed its sound over the course of its monthly residencies at Jazz Standard, one of New York's most prestigious jazz rooms. Pre-pandemic, Leonhart was steadily pursuing his vision there, with unconventional instrumentation and a shapeshifting community of sought-after players from a variety of cutting-edge scenes and disciplines.

Leonhart's approach to the MLO cannot but be informed by his many other activities and wide-ranging credits: he's a top-level jazz trumpeter and longtime member of Steely Dan; a gifted and distinctive pianist; a singer, songwriter and film composer; a session player with credits including the Bruno Mars/Mark Ronson megahit "Uptown Funk"; an accomplished orchestrator (Nels Cline's Lovers) and producer (Donald Fagen's Sunken Condos, Sachal Vasandani's Slow Motion Miracles). The polyglot musical worldview Leonhart has developed as a result stamps the MLO's work at every moment. And the joy he gets from it is infectious.

Hailed as "a blazing hot mess of awesome" by The New York City Jazz Record, the Michael Leonhart Orchestra (MLO) traverses a huge swath of musical terrain, guided by the highly developed ears, ceaselessly omnivorous tastes and playful yet meticulous artistry of its leader, Michael Leonhart.
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Re: "Shut Him Down" - single by Michael Leonhart Orchestra, Elvis Costello & JSWISS

Postby jardine » Tue Oct 06, 2020 2:45 pm

Okay, so, we haven't heard this yet? Oh, right, I get it. THAT's why the video disappear so quickly a while ago.

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Re: "Shut Him Down" - single by Michael Leonhart Orchestra, Elvis Costello & JSWISS

Postby Hawksmoor » Wed Oct 07, 2020 5:16 am

jardine wrote:Okay, so, we haven't heard this yet? Oh, right, I get it. THAT's why the video disappear so quickly a while ago.

I guess. It would also explain why you can't search for the lyrics on Google? They're on the EC Wiki though, so it's all good. :D

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Re: "Shut Him Down" - single by Michael Leonhart Orchestra, Elvis Costello & JSWISS

Postby sweetest punch » Wed Oct 07, 2020 5:49 am

https://radiofacts.com/elvis-costello-v ... october-9/

Elvis Costello Video Premiere on Qwest TV on October 9
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Re: "Shut Him Down" - single by Michael Leonhart Orchestra, Elvis Costello & JSWISS

Postby sweetest punch » Wed Oct 07, 2020 5:53 am

https://radiofacts.com/elvis-costello-v ... october-9/

Elvis Costello Video Premiere on Qwest TV on October 9

Elvis Costello and Michael Leonhart have recorded three songs in quarantine, the latest of which, titled “Shut Him Down,” is scheduled to premiere with an exclusive video on Quincy Jones’ Qwest TV on October 9th. The powerful song features rapper JSWISS and over 50 members of Leonhart’s orchestra, all having recorded the song remotely.

“Shut Him Down” is also included in Costello’s “50 Songs For 50 Days” playlist, a-song-a-day rollout of 50 songs and couplets from his catalog leading up to and including Tuesday, 11/3 (Election Day). The video accompanying the song was directed by Daniel Carlson, and will be available for free on Qwest TV’s Facebook page and YouTube channel on October 9th.
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