Label: Asylum Records - 7E-2008 • Format: 2x, Vinyl LP, Album Gatefold • Country: New Zealand • Genre: Rock, Blues • Style: Blues Rock
Nighthawks at the Diner is a album by Tom Waitshis third since his debut Closing Time in It was recorded over four sessions in July in the Los Angeles Record Plant studio in front of a small invited audience set up to recreate the atmosphere of a jazz club.
The album peaked at on the Billboard the highest place Waits had held at the time, and is currently certified silver by the BPI. The title was inspired by Edward Hopper 's painting Nighthawks. The cover, designed by Cal Schenkelis also inspired by the painting. Waits opens the album by calling the venue Raphael's Silver Cloud Lounge.
We did it as a live recording, which was unusual for an artist so new [ Tom was a great performer on stage [ We thought about clubs, but the well-known ones like The Troubadour were toilets in those days.
Back in those days they would just roll the consoles around to where they needed them. So Herb and I said let's see if we can put tables and chairs in there and get an audience in and record a show. Howe was mostly responsible for organizing the band for the "live show", and creating the right atmosphere for the record. It was a totally jazz rhythm section. Herb gave out tickets to all his friends, we set up a bar, put potato chips on the tables and we had a sell-out, two nights, two shows a night, July 30 and 31, I remember that the opening act was a stripper.
Her name was Dewana and her husband was a taxi driver. So for her the band played bump-and-grind music - and there's no jazz player who has never played a strip joint, so they knew exactly what to do.
But it put the room in exactly the right mood. Then Waits came out and sang "Emotional Weather Report. It was like Allen Ginsberg with a really, really good band. Dewana was an old-time burlesque queen whom Tom had met on one of his jaunts to the Hollywood underworld. Fly Away - Danny Young - Fly Away Hughart, who played upright bass on the recordings recalled the experience of preparing for and recording the album.
Preparing for this thing, we had to memorize all this stuff, 'cause Waits had nothing on paper. So ultimately, we spent four or five days in Blur - Gliss - Langsom Dans rehearsal studio going over this stuff.
And that was drudgery. But when we did actually get it all prepared and go and record, that was the fastest two days of recording I've ever spent in my life. It was so fun. Some of the tunes were not what you'd call jazz tunes, but for the most part that was like a jazz record. This was a jazz Warm Beer And Cold Women - Tom Waits - Nighthawks At The Diner . Bill Goodwin was a drummer who was associated with Phil Woods for years.
Pete Christlieb is one of the best jazz tenor players who ever lived. And my old friend, Mike Melvoin, played piano. There's a good reason why it was accepted as a jazz record. The album only charted on the Billboardwhere it peaked at His next album, Small Changewould be his highest charting with Asylum Recordswho dropped him in for failing to move beyond cult status. The album has been generally well received by critics, and is considered by some to be the best album of his early career.
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