Love, Work & Money

Love, Work & Money

by Josh Charles


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Love, Work & Money

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/09/2010
Label: Cc Ent / Copycats
UPC: 0707541918794
catalogNumber: 9187
Rank: 219459

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   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
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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