The Evening of My Best Day

The Evening of My Best Day

by Rickie Lee Jones


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Early in her career, Rickie Lee Jones was content to stay shielded in her personal bohemia, skipping and finger-popping through jazzy, airy tales of what was going down in the land of cheap red wine and clove cigarettes. But as she's matured, her storytelling has evolved, reaching something of an apex on this alternately biting and poignant disc, which touches frequently -- and movingly -- on, for lack of a better term, "the real world." There's no mistaking the subject matter of "Ugly Man," an acerbic look at the string-pullers in both the halls of Washington and the boardrooms of media conglomerates. Similarly, "Tell Somebody," one of the album's more straightforward tunes, prods the listener to ask for answers, but doesn't lapse into post-hippie demagoguery. Jones has broadened her musical palette as well -- with notable help from guitarist Bill Frisell and saxophonist Steve Berlin. "Bitchenostrophy" slinks into a surprisingly deep and sensual funk groove, topped only lightly with Jones's trademark beatnik slur. The backing band grinds out a convincingly bluesy backdrop for the clever, tweaking lyrics of "Mink Coat at the Bus Stop," then contributes to the orchestrated cinematic sweep needed to buoy the bucolic "A Tree on Allenford." Six years was a long time to wait for a disc of new material, but from the sound of it, Rickie Lee Jones didn't waste a single minute in its creation.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/07/2003
Label: V2 North America
UPC: 0638812717122
catalogNumber: 27171


  1. Ugly Man
  2. A Second Chance
  3. Bitchenostrophy
  4. Little Mysteries
  5. Lap Dog
  6. Tell Somebody
  7. (Repeal the Patriot Acts NOW)
  8. Sailor Song
  9. A Tree on Allenford
  10. It Takes You There
  11. Mink Coat at the Bus Stop
  12. The Evening of My Best Day
  13. A Face in the Crowd

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Rickie Lee Jones   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Percussion,Electric Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Keyboards,Electric Piano,Sitar,Tambourine,Vocals,Slide Guitar,wah wah guitar,Bowed Dulcimer
Syd Straw   Vocals
Rob Wasserman   Bass
Alex Acuña   Percussion
Sal Bernardi   Harmonica,Electric Guitar,Vocals
Jeff Dellisanti   Bass Clarinet,Saxophone
Bill Frisell   Electric Guitar
James Gadson   Drums,Vocals
Gary Grant   Trumpet
Jerry Hey   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
David Hidalgo   Acoustic Guitar
Dan Higgins   Flute,Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
David Kalish   Acoustic Guitar,Dobro,Electric Guitar,wah wah guitar
Neil Larsen   Organ,Piano,Keyboards,Electric Piano
Greg Phillinganes   Organ,Piano,Vocals
Grant-Lee Phillips   Vocals
Tony Scherr   Bass
Martin Tillman   Cello
Mike Watt   Bass
Kenny Wollesen   Percussion,Drums
Eric Benét   Vocals
Craig Eastman   Mandolin,Violin
William Frank "Bill" Reichenbach   Trombone
Mike Elizondo   Bass
Mario Calire   Drums
Cougar Estrada   Drums
Rene Camacho   Bass
Christopher Joyner   Wurlitzer
Ben Harper & the Innocent Criminals   Vocals
Phillip D. Feather   English Horn
Cindy Wasserman   Vocals
Philip Cordaro   Acoustic Guitar

Technical Credits

Rickie Lee Jones   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Horn Arrangements
Blair Aaronson   Orchestration
Steve Berlin   Producer
David Kalish   Composer,Producer
Jason Wormer   Producer,Engineer
Andy Brohard   Engineer
Mark Johnson   Engineer
Ian Cross   Engineer

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The Evening of My Best Day 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Rickie has moved into a new level.Takes a couple listens to really grasp the complexity of this one.Wonderful instumental mix on each song.Still Rickies trademark slurred vocals.Moving,Intense at times,LOVE IT