John Pizzarelli and Jessica Molaskey: 2017
John Pizzarelli, Jessica Molaskey and their daughter Madeleine with "Sunday Supper" host John Platt (photo by Gus Philippas)
One of New York's favorite married musical couples, John Pizzarelli and Jessica Molaskey, are both releasing new albums this month.
Pizzarelli's is Sinatra & Jobim @50, which revisits the classic 1967 album, Francis Albert Sinatra & Antonio Carlos Jobim. For Sinatra the sessions were a risky, but successful step out of his comfort zone, but for Pizzarelli, who's already paid tribute to Sinatra and bossa nova, the new album is a natural.
Molaskey, whose world changed when she heard Court & Spark in 1974, pays homage to a fellow singer and painter, Joni Mitchell, on Portraits of Joni. The album brings fresh interpretations, including a couple of medleys, to some of Mitchell's best-known songs.
For this session at WFUV, Pizzarelli and Molasky brought along their very talented daughter, Madeleine, who contributed a beautiful duet with her mother on Mitchell's "Little Green" and skillful second guitar on "Canto Casual" from her father's album.
Being with these three in the studio is like a visit to their living room, where relaxed conversation, quick humor, and superb musicianship might flow together.