Jools Holland's Big Band Rhythm & Blues

Jools Holland's Big Band Rhythm & Blues

by Jools HollandJools Holland


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Originally released in England as Small World Big Band, this rollicking 22-song compilation from ex-Squeeze pianist turned British TV host Jools Holland is notable on a number of fronts. First, it contains the last known song ever written and recorded by George Harrison, "Horse to the Water," cut on October 2, 2001 -- just months before his death on November 29th. The song, which Harrison cowrote with his son Dhani, is a swinging shuffle that bemoans our inability to confront difficult but obvious problems. Capturing both Harrison's empathy and his wry wit, the song finds the Beatle observing friends locked in mortal battle and then takes pot shots at a preacher who "acts like he's possessed." The second thing about Holland's disc is the high-wattage star power of his guests: The singers here include Sting (covering Willie Dixon's "Seventh Son"), Mark Knopfler (his own "Mademoiselle Will Decide"), Paul Weller (Billy Preston's "Will It Go Round in Circles"), Eric Clapton (an evocative take on Ray Charles's "What Would I Do Without You"), and other mega talents. There are other less famous names, too, including Sam Brown, who delivers a Dusty Springfield-like turn on her collaboration with Holland, "Valentine Moon"; the Stereophonics, who sass up the Beatles' "Revolution"; and an impressively brassy John Cale on Johnny Mercer's "I Wanna Be Around." "Brassy" is actually the operative word here. Holland likes his piano solos brash and his horns splashy, which makes this an ideal jam session. No matter who is singing, no matter what the song, the music here is loud, loose, and fun.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/08/2002
Label: Rhino
UPC: 0081227826420
catalogNumber: 78264
Rank: 139274


  1. Seventh Son by Sting
  2. Horse To The Water by George Harrison
  3. Will It Go Round In Circles by Paul Weller
  4. Valentine Moon by Sam Brown
  5. The Return Of The Cowboy Blues by Joe Strummer
  6. The Hand That Changed It's Mind by Dr. John
  7. Nobody But You by Ruby Turner
  8. Revolution by Stereophonics
  9. I Put A Spell On You by Mica Paris & David Gilmour
  10. Oranges & Lemons Again by Suggs
  11. All That You Are by Eric Bibb
  12. Madmoiselle Will Decide by Mark Knopfler
  13. Back O' Town Blues by Van Morrison
  14. I Wanna Be Around by John Cale
  15. I'm Ready by Steve Winwood
  16. Say Hello, Wave Goodbye by Marc Almond
  17. T-Bone Shuffle by Mick Hucknall
  18. It's So Blue by Paul Carrack
  19. Outskirts Of Town by Taj Mahal
  20. I'm In The Mood For Love by Jamiroquai
  21. What Would I Do Without You by Eric Clapton

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