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JOOLS HOLLAND, HIS RHYTHM & BLUES ORCHESTRA AND FRIENDS - Small World Big Band (2001)

Although this is nominally credited to Jools Holland & His Rhythm & Blues Orchestra, really this is a 22-track various-artists compilation with Holland's ensemble serving as the house band. The lineup of old and new, superstar and cult talent is impressive, even if many of them are past their prime: Sting, John Cale, Stevie Winwood, Taj Mahal, Jamiroquai, Paul Weller, Joe Strummer, Dr. John, David Gilmour, Mark Knopfler, Van Morrison, Paul Carrack, and Eric Clapton are some of the artists given a track. Holland has described his music as big band blues, and that's an apt description for a good deal of the songs, whether it's Sting's "Seventh Son," Taj Mahal's "Outskirts of Town," or Morrison's "Back o' Town Blues." Actually, though, some of this is soul, AOR rock, or ska. That doesn't necessarily count as a strike against the record, it just makes the groove less consistent. There is a consistent, hepped-up party mood, though one that's unrelenting yet slick enough so that it's rather like a party that tries too hard to succeed and goes on too long. Certainly it will attract the most attention for George Harrison's "Horse to the Water," his last recording (done shortly before his death in late 2001). Harrison was a great musician, but this is not a great or good track; the song isn't much, and his voice, unfortunately, sounds like it's in faltering shape. For the most part it's amiable and unmemorable, hitting its finest note on Steve Winwood's "I'm Ready," in which he (or someone, the part is not detailed in the credits) rips out some organ work straight from the spirit of his Spencer Davis Group days. The ska cuts by S and Jamiroquai actually make for a nice change of pace from the grand blues strutting. There are also some missteps that might have been better left uncontributed, like Paul Weller's cover of Billy Preston's "Will It Go Round in Circles" and Stereophonics' version of the Beatles' "Revolution." - cduniverse.com


01. Seventh Son - Jools Holland And Sting
02. Horse To The Water - Jools Holland And George Harrison
03. Will it Go Round In Circles - Jools Holland And Paul Weller
04. Valentine Moon - Jools Holland and Sam Brown
05. The Return Of The Blues Cowboy - Jools Holland And Joe Strummer
06. The Hand That Changed Its' Mind - Jools Holland And Dr. John
07. Nobody But You - Jools Holland And Ruby Turner
08. Revolution - Jools Holland And Stereophonics
09. I Put A Spell On You - Jools Holland, Mica Paris and David Gilmour
10. Oranges And Lemons Again - Jools Holland And S
11. All That You Are - Jools Holland And Eric Bibb
12. Mademoiselle Will Decide - Jools Holland And Mark Knopfler
13. Back O' Town Blues - Jools Holland And Van Morrison
14. Town And Country Rhythm And Blues - Jools Holland And Chris Difford
15. I Wanna Be Around - Jools Holland & John Cale
16. I'm Ready - Jools Holland And Steve Winwood
17. Say Hello, Wave Goodbye - Jools Holland And Marc Almond
18. T-Bone Shuffle - Jools Holland And Mick Hucknall
19. It's So Blue - Jools Holland And Paul Carrack
20. Outskirts Of Town - Jools Holland And Taj Mahal
21. I'm In The Mood For Love - Jools Holland And Jamiroquai With The RBO
22. What Would I Do Without You - Jools Holland And Eric Clapton

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