Tony Garnier’s Liquid Bass Lines Guide Dylan’s “Standards”

Bob Dylan: Shadows in the NightBob Dylan has taken on some American pop standards, and according to a Los Angeles Times review of Shadows in the Night, the bass leads the way.

“Guided by bassist Tony Garnier‘s liquid lines, ‘Shadows’ is an exercise in precision, each syllable essential, each measure evenly weighted,” reviewer Randall Roberts writes.

Garnier is Dylan’s longtime bassist and has also worked with David Johansen/Buster Poindexter, Tom Waits, Loudoun Wainwright III, Paul Simon, and Asleep at the Wheel.

The 10-song album came together as Dylan and his 5-member touring band recorded the songs — all of which were recorded by Frank Sinatra at some point — in their final order and in fairly spare form.

Here’s Dylan’s take on “Stay With Me”:

Shadows in the Night is available on CD, vinyl and as a digital download (iTunes and Amazon MP3).

Shadows in the Night Track List:

  1. I’m a Fool to Want You
  2. The Night We Called It a Day
  3. Stay With Me
  4. Autumn Leaves
  5. Why Try to Change Me Now
  6. Some Enchanted Evening
  7. Full Moon and Empty Arms
  8. Where Are You?
  9. What’ll I Do
  10. That Lucky Old Sun

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  1. Always a treat to listen in on Tony Garnier….He may not be a household name, but should be! His recorded and live performances with Bob Dylan are absolutely stellar .