Jools Holland´s Big Band - Rhythm & Blues (2001)

Julian Miles "Jools" Holland, OBE, DL (born 24 January 1958) is an English pianist, bandleader, singer, composer, and television presenter. He was a founder of the band Squeeze and his work has involved him with many artists including Sting, Eric Clapton, Mark Knopfler, George Harrison, David Gilmour, Magazine and Bono.
Holland is a published author and appears on television shows besides his own and contributes to radio shows. In 2004, he collaborated with Tom Jones on an album of traditional R&B music. He currently hosts Later... with Jools Holland, a music-based show aired on BBC2, on which his annual show Hootenanny is based.[1] He also regularly hosts the weekly program Jools Holland on BBC Radio 2, which is a mix of live and recorded music and general chat, and features studio guests, along with members of his Orchestra. (by wikipedia)

And this is very special album:

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 Suggs 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." (by Ritchie Unterberger)

The Jools Holland Big Band
many guest musicians

Steve Winwood & Jools Holland

01. Sting: Seventh Son (Dixon) 3.04
02. George Harrison: Horse To The Water (D.Harrison/G.Harrison) 5.00
03. Paul Weller: Will It Go Round in Circles (Fisher/Preston) 3.31
04. Sam Brown: Valentine Moon (Holland/Brown) 4.02
05. Joe Strummer: The Return of the Blues Cowboy (Strummer/Holland) 2.41
06. Dr. John: The Hand That Changed It's Mind (HollandRebenack) 3.25
07. Ruby Turner: Nobody But You (Mann/Weil) 3.45
08. Stereophonics: Revolution (Lennon/McCartney) 3.18
09. Mica Paris & David Gilmour: I Put A Spell On You (Hawkins) 4.07
10. Suggs: Oranges And Lemons Again (Holland/Suggs) 3.38
11. Eric Bibb: All That You Are (Bibb/Holland) 3.15
12. Mark Knopfler: Mademoiselle Will Decide (Knopfler) 2.24
13. Van Morrison: Back O' Town Blues (rmstrong/Russell) 3.27
14. Chris Difford: Town and Country Rhythm and Blues (Holland/Difford) 3.50
15. John Cale: I Wanna Be Around (Mercer/Vimmerstadt) 3.04
16. Steve Winwood: I´m Ready (Dixon) 3.15
17. Marc Almond: Say Hello, Wave Goodbye (Almond/Ball) 4.35
18. Mick Hucknall: T-Bone Shuffle (Walker) 3.01
19. Paul Carrack: It's So Blue (J.Holland/C.Holland/Carrack/R.Holland) 4.02
20. Taj Mahal: Outskirts Of Town (Weldon/Jacobs) 4.53
21. Jamiroquai: I'm In The Mood For Love (Fields/McHugh) 3.07
22. Eric Clapton: What Would I Do Without You (Charles) 3.27

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