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Billy Childs’ “Map to the Treasure: Reimagining Laura Nyro” Featuring Becca Stevens & Alicia Olatuja and the Parker String Quartet

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Laura Nyro, who died in 1997 at age 49, was uniquely gifted singer/songwriter best known for the hit covers of her compositions by such artists as the Fifth Dimension (“Wedding Bell Blues”), Three Dog Night (“Eli’s Coming”), and Blood Sweat & Tears (“And When I Die”). In her too–brief lifetime, Nyro never won a GRAMMY Award or earned a Top 40 single as a recording artist. But the Sony Masterworks album Map To The Treasure: Laura Nyro Reimagined – recorded by award–winning composer/pianist Billy Childs with an all–star cast of singers and musicians, complete with string quartet – seems likely to reinvigorate Laura Nyro’s musical legacy for a new generation of listeners. “Her songs are like part of one long opera,” Childs told Down Beat in July 2014, “where there are these recurring characters—God and the Devil, her father, her mother, her friends, men who have done her wrong and men who are good. It’s like a great novel.” 

Billy Childs – piano

Becca Stevens – vocals

Alicia Olatuja – vocals

Bob Sheppard – alto saxophone, flute

Peter Sprague – guitar

Carol Robbins – harp

Ben Williams – bass

Billy Kilson – drums

With The Parker String Quartet

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