If the World Was You

If the World Was You

by J.D. Souther
     
 

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If the cover of If the World Was You brings to mind a vintage Blue Note LP, it's purely intentional: J.D. Souther recorded this album live in the studio supported by a basic quintet of piano, standup bass, drums, saxophone, and trumpet, colored by Souther's guitar and a cameo from Béla Fleck. It's a stark contrast to the slick SoCalSee more details below

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If the cover of If the World Was You brings to mind a vintage Blue Note LP, it's purely intentional: J.D. Souther recorded this album live in the studio supported by a basic quintet of piano, standup bass, drums, saxophone, and trumpet, colored by Souther's guitar and a cameo from Béla Fleck. It's a stark contrast to the slick SoCal studio gloss of his '70s albums, where much of the pleasure was to hear pros play the tunes of this professional songwriter, but here the music relaxes and breathes, rolling out with a relaxed ease. It's still recognizably the work of Souther -- apart from a few songs with a Latin lilt, a hint of frenzied bop beats, and the epic 12-minute closer "The Secret Handshake of Fate" -- sonically, the songs could have found a home on Black Rose or You're Only Lonely, but Souther's writing is subtly different, too, a bit worldly and weathered, fueled by introspection not craft. Both the writing and the small combo are a deliberate break from Souther's past, so despite the near quarter-century gap between Home by Dawn and If the World Was You, this 2008 album doesn't quite constitute a comeback -- it's more of a revitalization, an album that feels like something that Souther needed to do. This gives If the World Was You a sense of vitality, albeit a relaxed vitality as the album is so warm and intimate, it comes on slow, not strong. Nevertheless, this feels alive in a way that no other Souther album has felt, as he's digging deeper with this songs and is supported by this wonderful quintet who help make If the World Was You a distinct, captivating fusion of country-rock and jazz.

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/14/2008
Label:
Megaforce
UPC:
0020286126225
catalogNumber:
61262
Rank:
37360

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

J.D. Souther   Primary Artist,Guitar,Tenor Saxophone
Rod McGaha   Trumpet
Jeff Coffin   Flute,Saxophone,Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Béla Fleck   Banjo
Jim Mayer   Bass
Chris Walter   Piano
Marie Vanel Borderon   Choir, Chorus
Marisol LaBoy   Choir, Chorus
Sylvia Elana Garcia   Choir, Chorus,Soloist
Dan Immel   Bass
Rod McGha   Trumpet
Jim White   Percussion,Drums

Technical Credits

Richie Biggs   Digital Editing
Niko Bolas   Engineer
Richard Dodd   Mastering
J.D. Souther   Composer,Producer
Jim McGuire   Cover Portrait
John Netti   Engineer
Mark Petaccia   Engineer
David Robinson   Engineer
Ron Stone   Management
Jordan Brooke Hamlin   Packaging,Cover Graphics
Edward O'Day   Management
Jim White   Digital Editing

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