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Gentleman of Leisure
     

Gentleman of Leisure

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by Jesse Winchester
 
From the opening vocals of the almost rockabilly "Club Manhattan," the undeniably excellent songwriting of Jesse Winchester makes its way back into our collective psyche. Backed by an unparalleled group of musicians, and with guest appearances from such musical dignitaries as the Fairfield Four, Jerry Douglas, Steve "The

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From the opening vocals of the almost rockabilly "Club Manhattan," the undeniably excellent songwriting of Jesse Winchester makes its way back into our collective psyche. Backed by an unparalleled group of musicians, and with guest appearances from such musical dignitaries as the Fairfield Four, Jerry Douglas, Steve "The Colonel" Cropper, and Vince Gill, Winchester has assembled a highly enjoyable album, filled with the same magic his past releases all possessed. The kind of musical and lyrical genius that has caused dozens of artists to record his music gets into some funky blues territory with "Sweet Little Shoe," and downright beautiful with "That's What Makes You Strong," featuring the lap steel guitar work of Jerry Douglas, who also acts as producer for the album. The title track is a rocking blues number with some out-in-front drums from John Gardner and more of Jerry Douglas' excellent lap steel. "Wander My Way Back Home," a gospel tune, backed by the fabulous Fairfield Four, is one of the album's best tracks, and is reprised at the very end of the record. "Just Because I'm in Love With You" brings some Roy Orbison feeling, with flawless harmonies from country superstar Vince Gill. "Sweet Loving Daddy" features some fine dobro picking from Douglas, but the absolute finest track on the album has to be the final cut, "I Wave Bye Bye." Gentleman of Leisure is an album 11 years on coming, and it was well worth the wait.

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Release Date:
06/22/1999
Label:
Sugarhill
UPC:
0015891106229
catalogNumber:
1062
Rank:
75024

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Gentleman of Leisure 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Jesse's aged gracefully. His vocals have that good ol' sweetness and the tunes are well very written, as usual. Thanks Steve Huntington of Radio Margaritaville for another great recommendation. And it's great to hear ya Jesse.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Jesse Winchester ... first you hear the voice, then you hear the lyrics. If you want to know what growing up in the home of rock'n'roll was like, listen to ''Sweet Little Shoe.'' And if you want to hear a journey through life, listen to the ballads. In his words you hear that living doesn't have to make you jaded. At different times I fast forward through different tunes, depending on the mood of the day. But there's Sun rock'n'roll, ballads, contemporary country, bluegrass, real country, gospel, and toe-tapping 'almost pop' tunes. He certainly doesn't get bored or in a rut with his music. But get this album for the ballads, especially ''I Wave Bye Bye,'' and for the cut I already mentioned, ''Sweet Little Shoe.'' You'll remember these songs and enjoy the whole album. The only question left is how do you get music directors to play his stuff?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago