Love, Work & Money

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All Music Guide - Michael G. Nastos
For his second CD, Josh Charles showcases his talents as a songwriter in the contemporary blues tradition with a sleek program recorded in a New Orleans studio that oozes cool more than shouts it. Playing acoustic or electric keyboards with organist John Roggie, a spare backup band, two guitarists in Mike Ciro and Steve Jablas, occasionally three horns and three female singers, Charles and co-songwriter Ric Steel offer mostly mellowed-down music in soulful, brown-eyed tones closer to a common-denominator-styled Harry Connick, Jr. with a distinct Crescent City non-jazz flavor. While many of these tunes offer the same approach and slowed tempo, especially as the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Michael G. Nastos
For his second CD, Josh Charles showcases his talents as a songwriter in the contemporary blues tradition with a sleek program recorded in a New Orleans studio that oozes cool more than shouts it. Playing acoustic or electric keyboards with organist John Roggie, a spare backup band, two guitarists in Mike Ciro and Steve Jablas, occasionally three horns and three female singers, Charles and co-songwriter Ric Steel offer mostly mellowed-down music in soulful, brown-eyed tones closer to a common-denominator-styled Harry Connick, Jr. with a distinct Crescent City non-jazz flavor. While many of these tunes offer the same approach and slowed tempo, especially as the recording goes on, Charles does offer some variation early on, like a soft, funky, pop, non-reggae version of Jimmy Cliff's "The Harder They Come." Then there's an energetic original "The Waiting Game" with horns and backup vocals, a Steve Wonder-flavored title track lightly spiced up with Wurlitzer organ, the distinct gospel blues "I'm Always Here for You," and the most upbeat cut, "Pickin' Up the Pieces" where Dr. John's gumbo-infused piano style with the horns comes through more than the other selections. There's pleasant music here, nothing to shake things thing, but also not tame by any means. Josh Charles is a work in progress, and it will be interesting to see if he goes the more commercial route as he's capable of, or digs down further into the roots of the blues.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/9/2010
  • Label: Cc Ent / Copycats
  • UPC: 707541918794
  • Catalog Number: 9187
  • Sales rank: 211,820

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Waiting Game (3:45)
  2. 2 Love, Work & Money (3:02)
  3. 3 I'm Always Here For You (5:21)
  4. 4 The Harder They Come (3:52)
  5. 5 Pickin' Up The Pieces (4:31)
  6. 6 It Ain't Easy (4:32)
  7. 7 The Answer (4:59)
  8. 8 Stars (4:17)
  9. 9 Healing Time (4:15)
  10. 10 Just A Man (6:21)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Josh Charles Primary Artist, Organ, Piano, Keyboards, Vocals
Vincent Henry Tenor Saxophone
Bashiri Johnson Percussion
Karen Bernod Background Vocals
Roger Byam Alto Saxophone
Herman V. Ernest III Percussion, Drums, Background Vocals
Donald Ramsey Bass, Background Vocals
Vivian Sessoms Background Vocals
John Fohl Guitar, Background Vocals
Artie Reynolds Bass
Tabitha Fair Background Vocals
Jorge Vazquez Conga
Alisa Anderson Background Vocals
Russ Johnson Trumpet
Rich Kulsar Percussion
Renee Ternier Background Vocals
Rich Mercurio Background Vocals
John Roggie Organ
Bernard Davis Percussion, Drums
Marcus Parsley Trumpet
Mike Ciro Guitar
Gloria Ryann Background Vocals
Smiley Roberts Steel Guitar
Kimberly Davis Background Vocals
Brian Knox Organ
Corey Radford Percussion
Steve Jabas Guitar, Keyboards
Kurt Stockdale Saxophone
Technical Credits
Jimmy Cliff Composer
Mark Bingham Engineer
James Hellman Engineer
Dave Kowalski Engineer
Mark Marshall Logo
Andreas Meyer Mastering
Eli Lishinsky Engineer
Wesley Fontenot Engineer
Jeremy Sklarsky Engineer
Steve Jabas Producer, Engineer, Horn Arrangements
Ric Steel Composer
Gaby Gonen Executive Producer
Josh Charles Composer, Producer
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