Yellow Sound Label will release the debut American solo album from Jose Llana May 13 titled Altitude, based on his concert at the Lincoln Center American Songbook Series last year celebrating his 20 years on Broadway.
The album features a collection of songs he performed on and Off-Broadway in addition to pop favorites. Tony Award winner Ruthie Ann Miles, his co-star in Here Lies Love, is featured as special guest.
Llana will return to the starring role in the Lincoln Center Theater production of The King and I April 19-May 1. Advance copies of Altitude will be exclusively available at the Vivian Beaumont during this time.
“Twenty years ago—in the Broadway Revival of The King and I—I began an amazing, messy, unpredictable journey,” says Llana. “Since then, I’ve gotten to sail on Adam Guettel’s rolling waves, misspell words in Bill Finn’s adolescent gymnasium, and rule with an iron fist in David Byrne’s presidential palace. And two decades after I arrived in New York, when I took the stage as the King in the new Broadway production of The King and I, I knew I’d come full circle. At my concert for Lincoln Center’s American Songbook Series, I got the chance to honor the composers who’ve kept me gainfully employed, and who make me want to keep reaching for higher altitudes. This album was inspired by that night, and the astonishing music I’ve been lucky enough to get to sing.”
The track list for Altitude follows:
1. “Saturn Returns” – written by Adam Guettel, from Saturn Returns: A Concert
2. “Icarus” – written by Adam Guettel, from Saturn Returns: A Concert
3. “We Kiss in a Shadow/I Have Dreamed” – music by Richard Rodgers/lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein, from The King and I
4. “Lonely Town” – music by Leonard Bernstein/lyrics by Betty Comden & Adolph Green, from On the Town
5. “Chip’s Lament (M. U. E.)” – written by William Finn, from The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
6. “Marry Me a Little” – written by Stephen Sondheim, from Company
7. “She is More” – written by AnnMarie Milazzo, from Pretty Dead Girl
8. “Child of the Philippines” – written by David Byrne and Fat Boy Slim, from Here Lies Love
9. “Hero and Leander” – written by Adam Guettel, from Saturn Returns: A Concert
10. “Thinking Out Loud” – written by Ed Sheeran
11. “Lullabye (Goodnight, My Angel)” – written by Billy Joel
12. “A Puzzlement” – music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein, from The King and I
13. “A Perfect Hand” – written by David Byrne and Fat Boy Slim, from Here Lies Love
Altitude is produced by Michael Croiter with Kimberly Grigsby serving as music director. Pre-order the album at YellowSoundLabel.com.