“Halftime”

Salaam Remi: “‘Halftime’ is a song Amy had in her original repertoire of songs when I first met her at 18. She recorded different versions of it with myself, Commissioner Gordon, acoustically. But we just never actually found a way to make it lock for her initial album, Frank.

“Last year, Amy told me that she was going to do a supergroup in between doing her next album—which was going to be more doo-wop—and do a jazz record with Soweto Kinch, Questlove, and Charlie Mingus—but he’s no longer here, so I’ll use my bass player Dale Davis—and what else did she say? And you on the boards! Oh, thanks. [Laughs.]

 

Last year, Amy told me that she was going to do a jazz supergroup with Soweto Kinch, Questlove, and Charlie Mingus—but he’s no longer here, so we’ll use my bass player Dale Davis—and what else did she say? And you on the boards! Oh, thanks. [Laughs.]

 

“That was something that she wanted to do on a jazz vibe, kind of in-between, just to take her mind off the record she was spending so much time writing.

Although that never happened, when we got to ‘Halftime’ I thought this would be a good song for me to still make that happen somewhat. So I approached Questlove and showed him the song. He got right on it, put together some drums. James Poyser played the keys on it and I played some bass on it.

“So here is ‘Halftime’ with a young Amy Winehouse on guitar and vocals, and we’re pretty much just following along with what she did. Once again it was another song that her family didn’t know existed, and everybody forgot about. But not to be forgotten, hidden treasures…

You’ll notice the line ‘When Frank Sinatra sings,’ and that was part of what sparked the conversation of her first album being called Frank, because she had an admiration for Frank Sinatra—and also she was very frank. So that was that.”