Small World Big Band Friends, Vol. 3 [Import]

Small World Big Band Friends, Vol. 3 [Import]

by Jools Holland
     
 

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It's the third go-round for Jools Holland & His Rhythm & Blues Orchestra, and by now their formula is familiar -- Holland and his large band, anchored by his former Squeeze bandmate Gilson Lavis, invite a bunch of musicians to

Overview

It's the third go-round for Jools Holland & His Rhythm & Blues Orchestra, and by now their formula is familiar -- Holland and his large band, anchored by his former Squeeze bandmate Gilson Lavis, invite a bunch of musicians to sing or play in front of them, and they run through a bunch of cheerful blues and old-time rock & roll-based songs. Some of these are covers and some of these are new tunes, but they all feel like revivals, since Holland and guests play them that way. These are classy, well-performed amalgams of big-band R&B and soul, spiced with hints of ska, mainstream pop, and rockabilly, which offer welcome changes of pace. As expected with any album that features over 20 guest spots, it's a bit of a hit-and-miss affair, but since the best moments -- such as Steve Earle's loose-limbed "Play It Sam" -- don't soar all that high and the lowest moments -- apart from "Just to Be Home With You," where Shane MacGowan is a drunken fish out of water -- don't tumble that low, it all evens out into a pleasant listening experience. That said, it's not a particularly distinctive one, either, since none of the guests are at their best and the band is primarily in a support slot, never really having a chance to shine. Nevertheless, anybody who enjoyed the first two Friends efforts will likely enjoy it -- and they'll also find the 21-track, 80-minute running time to be generous, while others might find it to be way too much of an OK thing.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/09/2003
Label:
Radar Records Uk
UPC:
0825646126828
catalogNumber:
1

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jools Holland   Primary Artist,Guitar,Piano,Vocals
Peter G. Hanson   Violin
Gini Ball   Violin
Guy Barker   Trumpet
Dinah Beamish   Cello
Ellen Blair   Viola
Claudia Fontaine   Background Vocals
Sid Gauld   Trumpet
Roger Goslyn   Trombone
Chris Holland   Organ
Ian Jennings   Bass
Gilson Lavis   Percussion,Drums
Nick Lunt   Baritone Saxophone
Jocelyn Pook   Viola
Winston Rollins   Trombone
Anne Stephenson   Violin
Eddie "Tan Tan" Thornton   Trumpet
Fayyaz Virji   Trombone
Dermot Crehan   Violin
Mary Scully   Double Bass
Mark Flannagan   Guitar
Pete Long   Saxophone
Robert Woollard   Cello
Frank Schaefer   Cello
Ian McLeod   Violin
Rico Rodriguez   Trombone
Abigail Trundle   Cello
Jon Scott   Trumpet
Claire Orsler   Viola
Jayne Spencer   Violin
David Swift   Bass
Lynn Eaton   Double Bass
Lisa Graham   Saxophone
Leah Wood   Background Vocals
Sam Leigh Brown   Ukulele,Vocals
Paddy Lannigan   Double Bass
Jason McDermid   Trumpet
Brian G. Wright   Violin
Louise Claire Marshall   Background Vocals
Jesse Wood   Guitar
Chris Storr   Trumpet
Patrick Hartley   Trombone
Jeremy Gordon   Double Bass
Allstair White   Trombone
Phil Veacock   Saxophone
Marina Solarek   Violin
Helen McRobbie   Background Vocals
Lucy Morgan   Viola

Technical Credits

Buddy Guy   Composer
Steve Earle   Composer
Peter Gabriel   Composer
Jools Holland   Composer,Producer
Kirsty MacColl   Composer
Michael McDonald   Composer
Randy Newman   Composer
Ronnie Wood   Composer
Eric Clapton   Composer
Chris Difford   Composer
Sammy Fain   Composer
Wes Farrell   Composer
Irving Kahal   Composer
Ronnie Lane   Composer
Laurie Latham   Producer,Engineer
Herbert Magidson   Composer
Carl Sigman   Composer
Luther Dixon   Composer
Alan Lee Shaw   Composer
Jason McDermid   Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
John Morrical   Engineer
Ron Burrow   Engineer
Kirk McNally   Engineer
Phil Veacock   Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Peter Ribeek   Engineer

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