It’s hard to believe but on April 19 Paul Hardcastle’s seminal ‘19’ will be twenty five years old. It had always been Paul’s intention to commemorate the event by releasing a new version of it but the death of his son’s teenage friend, Marine Georgie Sparks, who was killed in Afghanistan in December 2008 by an exploding grenade, cautioned him think again. Ironically Georgie was nineteen when he died and the sad event made Hardcastle realise that ‘19’ is not something about history but a tune that is entirely relevant to today’s war torn times. Indeed he concluded that it would have been an insult to the soldiers fighting today if he had not dedicated the remake to them.
There are some tremendous mixes of the original ‘19’ with a personal favorite being the ‘slow version’ that can be found on an obscure ‘best of’ album, ‘Paul Hardcastle 1983- 2003’, that was released in the UK by Jazz FM Records. The brand new ‘19’ will be blessed by the smooth vocals of Hardcastle’s daughter Maxine and his son, Paul Jr. who will feature on guitar. However, the hottest news is that the track is to be mixed by none other than Nate Harisam who, through his work with DeNate and Dee Brown, is rapidly becoming one of the hottest contemporary jazz producers around.
For Harisam, the project feels very personal as at age nineteen he was already a member of the Special Forces team in the US Navy.