Tom Jones & Jools Holland

Tom Jones & Jools Holland

by Tom JonesTom Jones


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In a recording career dating back 40 years, the LP Tom Jones & Jools Holland may be the best album Tom Jones has ever made. From the beginning, the singer has displayed his versatility, ably handling everything from the loopy '60s pop of "What's New, Pussycat?" to a '70s and '80s stint as a country singer before becoming the willing mouthpiece of dance-rock mavens like Art of Noise in the '90s and beyond. That adaptability has seen him through ups and downs, from concert halls to lounges in Las Vegas and back. But Jools Holland, the rambunctious barrelhouse/boogie-woogie piano player who has found renown as a TV host in Great Britain (Later with Jools Holland) seems to have located Jones' true center as a performer by accompanying him on this collection of old jump blues, R&B, rockabilly, and blues (with a few originals thrown in). Jones' voice is given a strong echo, the better to enable his version of the sound of Big Joe Williams and Big Joe Turner, among others. His talent has always been sounding comfortable no matter what he was singing, but Jones really sounds like he's having fun here, making like Jerry Lee Lewis on "It'll Be Me" and "End of the Road," for instance, or like Larry Williams on "Slow Down." He is the most joyous of bluesmen addressing "Good Morning Blues" (to which Holland appends Count Basie's "One O'Clock Jump" ) and "St. James Infirmary," and he and Holland revive Huey "Piano" Smith on "Roberta." In his reincarnations of the '90s and '00s, Jones has been trying to sound as current as possible. Holland's insight was to see that the 64-year-old singer was ready to investigate the roots of his soulful voice, and the pianist earns his co-billing by leading some rocking ensembles through arrangements that support the singer in his triumphant reclamation of his earliest influences.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/16/2004
Label: Wea Int'l
UPC: 0825646191628
catalogNumber: 461916

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Tom Jones   Primary Artist,Vocals
Jools Holland   Organ,Piano
Roger Goslyn   Trumpet
Chris Holland   Organ
Gilson Lavis   Drums
Nick Lunt   Baritone Saxophone
Mick Talbot   Organ
Henry Priestman   Background Vocals
Winston Rollins   Trumpet
Fayyaz Virji   Trombone
Mark Flannagan   Guitar
Pete Long   Saxophone
Rico Rodriguez   Trumpet
Jon Scott   Trumpet
Adrian Revell   Saxophone
Sam Leigh Brown   Background Vocals
Christine Russell   Background Vocals
Steve Balsamo   Background Vocals
Jason McDermid   Trumpet
Louise Claire Marshall   Background Vocals
Chris Storr   Trumpet
Allstair White   Trumpet
Phil Veacock   Saxophone
Dave Swift   Bass
Lisa Grahame   Saxophone
Gary Christain   Background Vocals
Michael Lee   Saxophone
Derek Nash   Saxophone

Technical Credits

Willie Dixon   Composer
Jimmy McCracklin   Composer
Big Joe Turner   Composer
Billy Hill   Composer
Lefty Frizzell   Composer
Charlie Rich   Composer
Jools Holland   Composer
Jerry Lee Lewis   Composer
Larry Williams   Composer
Count Basie   Composer
Quincy Jones   Horn Arrangements
Tom Jones   Composer
Mort Shuman   Composer
Jack Clement   Composer
Laurie Latham   Producer,Engineer
Huddie Ledbetter   Composer
John A. Lomax   Arranger
Deadric Malone   Composer
Doc Pomus   Composer
Pete Long   Horn Arrangements
Ray Sharpe   Composer
Huey "Piano" Smith & the Clowns   Composer
John Vincent   Composer
Terry Medhurst   Engineer
Ian Tompson   Engineer
Jason McDermid   Horn Arrangements
Joe Primrose   Composer
Ron Burrow   Engineer
Phil Veacock   Horn Arrangements
Don Covay   Composer

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