It's Not Big It's Large

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Lyle Lovett convenes his Large Band -- 36 members strong at this point -- for a record as wide-ranging as his '90s hallmarks. From country to jazz, gospel, blues, and back, it's all here, including the first Large Band instrumental since 1989, Lester Young's "Tickle Toe." The album, recorded completely live, captures the virtuosity of country music's most ambitious songwriter and his redoubtable outfit.
All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
It's Not Big It's Large, the title of Lyle Lovett's eighth album of original material, harks back to the title of his third album, 1989's Lyle Lovett and His Large Band, the record that definitively ...
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Editorial Reviews

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Lyle Lovett convenes his Large Band -- 36 members strong at this point -- for a record as wide-ranging as his '90s hallmarks. From country to jazz, gospel, blues, and back, it's all here, including the first Large Band instrumental since 1989, Lester Young's "Tickle Toe." The album, recorded completely live, captures the virtuosity of country music's most ambitious songwriter and his redoubtable outfit.
All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
It's Not Big It's Large, the title of Lyle Lovett's eighth album of original material, harks back to the title of his third album, 1989's Lyle Lovett and His Large Band, the record that definitively signaled that Lovett was a true musical eccentric, as he strayed from the Texas country of his first two albums and wandering into loose-limbed jazz and swinging blues. In the 18 years separating His Large Band and 2007's It's Not Big, Lovett has pretty much stayed within that comfort zone, occasionally drifting a bit closer toward straight-ahead country (as on The Road to Ensenada or My Baby Don't Tolerate) or introspective territory (I Love Everybody, the covers collection Step Inside This House), but It's Not Big is the first time that he's truly emphasized both sides of personality equally since that 1989 record. Where that album had a clean division between the snazzy Large Band material and the country tunes -- a side was devoted to each -- this 2007 album mixes it up on a song-to-song basis, sometimes within the songs themselves, resulting an album that is more cohesive than Large Band, since it's performed with the easy confidence of a gifted singer/songwriter comfortable within his cult. That same mellow assurance also means that It's Not Big isn't quite as memorable as that 1989 near-masterpiece, lacking songs that pack as big a wallop as the sly big-band bluster of "Here I Am" or the ruefully sardonic "Nobody Knows Me." Here, subtly reigns, whether it's on quieter numbers like the sweetly melancholy "South Texas Girl" and "This Traveling Around" or the brighter "All Downhill" and gospel-fueled "Up in Indiana." Subtlety has always been a key part of Lovett's writing, but there are times on It's Not Big where the song is overwhelmed by the performance of the Large Band, who not only command this material, they give these songs performances larger than the tunes themselves. As flaws go, that's not a bad one to have, since it certainly makes for an enjoyable listen, yet it leaves the impression that It's Not Big It's Large is just a little bit too big for its likable but slight foundation. [It's Not Big It's Large was also released in a CD/DVD version.]
New York Times - Nate Chinen
With his trademark Large Band, Mr. Lovett takes a similarly broad approach to the idea of American roots music. Country commingles with blues, swing and gospel.
Entertainment Weekly - Holly George-Warren
It all adds up to a Texas-size sonic feast -- and that's something we can all tolerate. (A)

With his trademark Large Band, Mr. Lovett takes a similarly broad approach to the idea of American roots music. Country commingles with blues, swing and gospel.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/20/2008
  • Label: Wrasse Import
  • EAN: 5060001273037
  • Catalog Number: 0127303
  • Sales rank: 40,133

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Tickle Toe (3:54)
  2. 2 I Will Rise Up/Ain't No More Cane (7:17)
  3. 3 All Downhill (3:29)
  4. 4 Don't Cry a Tear (4:48)
  5. 5 South Texas Girl (6:51)
  6. 6 This Traveling Around (5:54)
  7. 7 Up in Indiana (4:35)
  8. 8 The Alley Song (3:12)
  9. 9 No Big Deal (3:29)
  10. 10 Make It Happy (4:37)
  11. 11 Ain't No More Cane (5:06)
  12. 12 Up in Indiana (4:35)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Ain't No More Cane
  2. 2 All Downhill
  3. 3 Don't Cry a Tear
  4. 4 Up in Indiana
  5. 5 The Alley Song
  6. 6 South Texas Girl
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Lyle Lovett & His Large Band Primary Artist
Lyle Lovett Indexed Contributor, Acoustic Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Vocals
Jerry Douglas Dobro
Sam Bush Mandolin
Guy Clark Acoustic Guitar, Vocals
Matt Rollings Piano
Mitch Watkins Guitar, Electric Guitar, Soloist
Billy Williams Vocals
Sweet Pea Atkinson Vocals, Vocal Harmony
Sir Harry Bowens Vocals, Vocal Harmony
Jim Cox Piano
Stuart Duncan Fiddle, Soloist
Gene Elders Fiddle
Béla Fleck Banjo
Paul Franklin Steel Guitar
James Gilmer Percussion, Vocals
Gary Grant Trumpet
John Hagen Cello
Ray Herndon Electric Guitar
Steven Herrman Trumpet
Jerry Hey Trumpet
Dan Higgins Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Viktor Krauss Bass
Russ Kunkel Drums
Warren Luening Trumpet, Soloist
Steve Marsh Tenor Saxophone
Andy Martin Trombone
Dean Parks Guitar, Electric Guitar, Soloist, Guitar (Electric Baritone), Guitar (Baritone)
Joseph Powell Vocal Harmony
Francine Reed Vocals, Vocal Harmony
Buck Reid Steel Guitar
Charles Rose Trombone
Harvey Thompson Tenor Saxophone
Arnold McCuller Vocals, Vocal Harmony
Lamont VanHook Vocal Harmony
Jon Randall Acoustic Guitar, Vocal Harmony
Leland Sklar Bass
Vinnie Ciesielski Trumpet
William Frank "Bill" Reichenbach Jr. Trombone, Bass Trumpet, Soloist
Keith Sewell Acoustic Guitar, Mandolin, Vocals
Billy Williams & Choir Vocals
Jason Eskridge Vocals, Vocal Harmony
Steve Herman Trumpet
Steve "Dickey Boy" Jones Vocals
Steve Jones Vocals
Technical Credits
Lyle Lovett Arranger, Composer, Director, Producer, Direction, Video Producer
Lester Young Composer
Billy Williams Producer
James Gilmer Management
Dan Higgins Orchestration
Viktor Krauss Horn Arrangements
Nathaniel Kunkel Engineer
Steve Marsh Horn Arrangements
John Richards Live Sound
Charles Rose Horn Arrangements
Doug Sax Mastering
Tim Stedman Art Direction
José Antonio Romero Management
Billy Williams & Choir Producer
Ken Levitan Management
Traditional Composer
Seth Waldman Engineer
Gary Haber Management
Nicole Porter Management
Sanwook "Sunny" Nam Mastering
April Kimble Producer, Video Producer
Vasco Lucas Nunes Director, Producer, Direction, Video Producer, Videography, Cinematography
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Thank you sweet Lyle

    Having heard 5 of the 6 songs on the dvd in concert this year, it was such a treat to see the genesis of the songs and to finally have them on a cd. I am in hog heaven! A sweeter birthday present I couldn't have asked for. Thank you Lyle.

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