Paul Mccart­ney: Live Kisses

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Television -

Sun­day, 5.30pm, Stu­dio It was a brave move for Paul McCart­ney to do his jazz-pop stan­dards al­bum Kisses on the Bot­tom last year. It was an even braver thing for him to do it live, in the pres­ence of Diana Krall and her mag­nif­i­cent band, with jazz lu­mi­nar­ies such as pro­ducer Tommy LiPuma as well as McCart­ney’s rock con­tem­po­raries Eric Clap­ton, Joe Walsh and Ste­vie Won­der in the mix. By the way, this is not strictly a live con­cert, it’s more live in the stu­dio. While McCart­ney re­mains dis­arm­ingly witty and charm­ing in the many in­ter­views to cam­era, there’s a ten­ta­tive­ness to his singing here that is hard to rec­on­cile with ev­ery­one’s stated ac­claim for his nat­u­ral­ness with the ma­te­rial. ‘‘ Hav­ing th­ese bril­liant jazz mu­si­cians around me was a bit in­tim­i­dat­ing,’’ he says. ‘‘ They’ve played with peo­ple who re­ally know how to do this — I don’t know what I’m do­ing.’’ He is be­ing mod­est, of course. But I’m bet­ting there won’t be an­other jazz stan­dards al­bum. you are to­gether, trust me, you’re spe­cial,’’ she told the dark-haired diva. Could a Mother’s Day card have said it any bet­ter?

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