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I've been lucky enough to see Jools Holland and his Rhythm and Blues Orchestra in concert a number of times now, once at Kew Gardens and twice at the Royal Albert Hall and all those times they have been absolutely sensational. Here are people who actually know what music is, can play instruments like its second nature and really know how to put on a show.
Jools Holland has had an amazing career in music. He was the founder of the band Squeeze and has gone on to work with so many different artists and do so many different things. At the moment he hosts Later... with Jools Holland, a music-based show aired on BBC2, where he showcases singers and bands of the moment as well as up and coming artists.
Jools and his band have released various albums and Rockinghorse is one of my favourites. This is a fairly new album, having been released in 2010. What I love about Jools is that he can just sit at a piano and without any sheet music or hesitation he can belt out a tune and if you watch him his fingers move so fast and so swiftly across the keys its amazing. I would love to be able to play the piano like that. He displays his skills
Ruby Turner is one of my favourite singers in Jools band. She is a big black lady with an even bigger voice. According to an article I read, "Ruby Turner (born 22 June 1958, Montego Bay, Jamaica) is a Jamaican R&B and soul singer, songwriter and actress. She has sung backing vocals for others such asBryan Ferry, UB40, Steel Pulse, Steve Winwood, Jools Holland and Mick Jagger, as well as writing songs that have been covered by many artists including Lulu, Yazz and Maxi Priest. She achieved the rare feat, for a British singer, of reaching #1 on the US R&B chart, with "It's Gonna Be Alright" in February 1990." So you can see, she is a very talented lady and one I really enjoy listening to. Her voice is just amazing and how she is not more widely known and a bigger star than she is in this band is beyond me. In his concerts she often sings several songs by herself and she does on this album too which is why its one of my favourites. On this album she sings a beautiful version of You are So Beautiful which she puts her own spin on but its so soulful and lovely to listen too.
The musical instruments on this CD are really heavily showcased too throughout all of the different tracks. For example in one song, track 13, Blues for New Orleans, there is an organ which is a very different sound but works really well on this track and then there is my favourite song Mercy, Mercy, Mercy featuring my favourite instrument ever, the saxophone. Oh, the sound of it is captivating and played so well on this track.
What I love about this album though is that its fun, everyone on i,t whether they are singing or playing an instrument is having fun and that love of music definitely shines through and makes it a really enjoyable album to listen to.
The track listings are as follows:
Whirlaway (Instrumental) (Featuring Piano Duet With Allen Toussaint)
Roll Out Of This Hole (With Ruby Turner)
Father Time (With Louise Marshall)
Got My Mojo (Working With Rosie Mae)
I've Got News For You (With Michael Mcdonald)
Enchanted Castle (With Louise Marshall)
London Belongs To Me (With Chas & Dave)
A String Of Pearls (Instrumental)
Remember Me (With Ruby Turner)
Rock-A-Bye The Boogie
This Train (With Ruby Turner)
Blues For New Orleans (Instrumental) (Featuring The Organ Of Booker T)
'Tain't Nobody's Bizness If I Do With Sam Brown
Mercy, Mercy, Mercy (Instrumental) (Featuring The Saxophone Of David Sanborn)
The Wicked And The Weak
The Man That Got Away (With Alison Moyet)
What A Wonderful World (With Rico Rodriguez)
You Are So Beautiful (With Ruby Turner)