A bunch of musician friends -- most with their own careers going -- get together to casually throw some tunes around. It goes so well they cut an album of their good time music-making. You've heard the story before -- it's practically become an indie-pop myth by now -- but with the Little Willies it's a different tale altogether. For not every ad hoc band features Norah Jones in its ranks. With old buddies like Jim Campilongo on guitar, and fellow singer-songwriter Richard Julian, Jones is in comfortable company, and it tells. Vocalists Jones and Julian dig into country classics (Willie Nelson's "Night Life," Hank Williams's "I'll Never Get Out of This World Alive," and "Tennessee Stud" among them), some contemporary country gems (Townes Van Zandt's "No Place to Fall," Kris Kristofferson's "Best Of All Possible Worlds"), an Elvis specialty ("Love Me") and a few fine originals including "Lou Reed," a very funny "tribute" co-written by Jones. The mood throughout is one of relaxed focus; this crew is out for a good time, but getting sloppy just isn't in the picture. Jones, in fact, sounds as soulful and affecting as she does on her hit albums, while Julian will be a pleasant discovery for many (as will Campilongo's exceptional playing). Despite their informal nature and modest moniker, this is a band that makes a big impression.
|Label:||Blue Note Records|
Performance CreditsLittle Willies Primary Artist
Jon Dryden Organ,Accordion
Lee Alexander Bass
Richard Julian Guitar,Vocals
Dan Rieser Drums
Jim Campilongo Electric Guitar
Norah Jones Vocals
Technical CreditsLee Alexander Producer
Jay Newland Engineer
Daru Oda Cover Design
Greg Calbi Master Chorister
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Norah is superb. The band is awesome! This is a big surprise. Easy as the rain and Roll on are my favorites. BUY IT!!! ENJOY!!!
I can't stop listening to this. I always enjoy listening to Norah Jones and this is no exception. The Lou Reed song is a hoot! I'd love to know what he thinks about it...
I have been playing this CD over and over. It is such a "fun" thing to listen to. I have never enjoyed Norah Jones more.
I love this c.d.! I wish Nora Jones did more music like this. Overall a really fun c.d.