Page McConnell to Release First Solo Album on Legacy Recordings

'Page McConnell' Available April 17


Legacy Recordings will release "Page McConnell," the much anticipated debut solo album from the keyboardist/songwriter, on April 17.

Page McConnell is best known as a member of the groundbreaking American rock quartet Phish, and also as a leader of the electronic-jazz ensemble Vida Blue. He composed nine new pieces for this first solo album, which introduces fascinating new musical facets and lyrical concerns from an ever-evolving artist. "Page McConnell" combines the signature heartfelt vocals, memorable musical hooks, and complex animated improvisations that made his contributions to Phish so vital.

McConnell says of the album, "I started working on it about two years ago, not with an end goal in mind, but for the joy of the process. As the project evolved, I realized the songs held together as a body of work with some recurring themes, especially that of new beginnings. The last few years have been a time of great personal and professional transition, and I think that's reflected in the album."

"Page McConnell" features legendary drummer Jim Keltner (John Lennon, George Harrison, Ringo Starr, Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stones), about whom McConnell says, "He's great -- the real deal. As soon as he walked in the studio we started tracking. Of course I was aware of his musicianship from the studio work he's done, but what I realized playing with him was just how far he could stretch things out. He was inspired, and inspiring to me."

McConnell worked closely throughout with engineer and co-producer Jared Slomoff, drummer Jon Fishman and guitarist Adam Zimmon. Mike Gordon and Trey Anastasio also make significant contributions.

"Page McConnell" was recorded in Vermont and Brooklyn between January 2005 and June 2006 and was mixed by Bryce Goggin, who first worked with McConnell in 2000 as producer on Phish's "Farmhouse."

  Page McConnell Track Listing

  Beauty Of A Broken Heart
  Heavy Rotation
  Maid Marian
  Close To Home
  Runaway Bride
  Back In The Basement
  Rules I Don't Know
  The Complex Wind
  Everyone But Me


SOURCE: Legacy Recordings

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