TITLE: Bring on the Night
YEAR RELEASED: 1986
CHART ACTION: #16 UK
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Probably the entire album if you’re a Sting fan, the songs at least…
LINEUP: Sting, Daryl Jones, Branford Marsalis, Kenny Kirkland, Omar Hakim, Janice Pendarvis, Dolette McDonald
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Sting remakes / remodels some tunes from the Police and his first solo album into jazz / fusion explorations. It works on some levels, but you have to be somewhat hep to jazz.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: If you like jazz, and liked the Police and Sting’s solo work, then this would be the perfect album for you. Taking the raw material, and performing them with some jazz hotshots of the time (Sting moves to guitar to allow Daryl Jones to play bass), there’s new life brought into these tracks.
It really is brilliant on some levels. The opening track, a medley of “Bring on the Night” and “When the World Is Running Down…” features a great keyboard solo from Kenny Kirkland and a rap from Branford Marsalis, while Jones’ bass moves all over the fretboard.
However, (yeah, there’s a however), some of the tracks, the more maudlin ballads, don’t really work in this idiom. They really sound more like puffed up 80’s tracks than a true remake of the song. I don’t know if anything could really save “Children’s Crusade” for me, though.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: Originally, this was an import only on vinyl, and it took a while to be released in the US
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No.
GRADE: B+: Most of this works, especially if you’re a jazz fan.