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  • Audio CD (19 Nov. 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Warner
  • ASIN: B00005RRGL
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)
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JOOLS HOLLAND Small World Big Band (2001 UK 22-track CD featuring guest appearances by Sting George Harrison Eric Clapton Jamiroquai Van Morrisson Dave Gilmour Mark Knopfler and loads more!!)

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Given the range of music that has echoed around the "Later With Jools" TV studio, Jools Holland ought to be one of the most versatile musicians in Britain, and so he needs to be in the star-studded Small World Big Band. Among other things, he does Georgie-Fame-style rock & roll with Sting, Memphis soul with Paul Weller, slow blues with a hollering Joe Strummer, chugging R&B with Dr John (who gives one of the most colourful vocal performances here), some largely unreconstructed Beatles with Stereophonics, some sunny ska with Suggs, a reverb-drenched blues with Mark Knopfler (sadly without a guitar break) and an epic Anthony Newley style lament with Marc Almond. The biggest news is probably the debut of the late George Harrison's first new song for 10 years, the evocative "Horse To The Water". However, despite the variety, Jools's natural inclinations and his ever-present Rhythm & Blues Orchestra lead much of the music towards big band boogie. Sometimes the blues piano clichés pop up in places that perhaps they shouldn't, but would it be a Jools Holland party without them? --Mark Gilbert

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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Douglas A. Johnson Sr. on 31 Jan. 2002
Format: Audio CD
I found this CD in Kingston, Ontario back in December and bought it solely for "Horse to the Water". I had no idea who Jools was (I was a fan of Squeeze during the years when he had left the band), and I certainly hadn't heard of Sam Brown or Suggs. What a treasure chest of great songs and performances!
Because of George's passing and the demand for "Horse..." to be released in this country, this CD finally came out here in early January, instead of the original March release date. We've been missing something over here! "Valentine Moon" by Sam Brown (and Jools) is one of the most beautiful songs I've ever heard, the Stereophonics' "Revolution" is great, and Suggs' "Oranges and Lemons Again" is infectious. What talented artists!
The cuts featuring more familiar acts like Sting and Dr. John are excellent, as one would expect. Like any great CD containing cuts by various artists, this one makes you want to buy lots more. (I've already bought four more Jools CD's from amazon.uk, and I plan to buy "Stop" by Sam Brown among many others.) Jools' piano skills are amazing, and the big band sound adds a new dimension to all these great tracks. I'll recommend it over here to anyone who'll listen!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By "jo-jo-1-tech" on 9 May 2002
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Each track recorded with polish and evident joy. Jools' piano is silky and mesmerising, and the peers he brings together are the upper echelon of talent and enthusiasm.Timeless.
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful By madison on 20 Aug. 2002
Format: Audio CD
Just browsing and listening to newly released compilation albums in a store and bought this album on the basis of hearing the first track 7th Son with Sting. I had never before heard of Jools Holland as I live in Aust, but was pleasantly surprised at how familiar some songs sounded to me although I had never heard them before. Needless to say it has become my absolute favourite album.
Paul Weller and Style Council were a great band so a bit of an influence for me to buy, had never heard of Suggs but "oranges and lemons" is such a fun song - reminds me of a mix of Ian Dury/Madness. Also "Valentine Moon" is such a simply beautiful tune. I could not pin one song as my favourite as they all are so good, although "All that you are" for me resonates the emotions I feel for my mother and tugs at my heart every time I hear it.

I strongly recommend anyone to buy this wonderful album - you will not be disappointed. It's diversity of sounds from big band, jazz, rock, blues and boogie woogie is sure to please all who listen. Excellent value for money.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Spider Monkey HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 30 July 2011
Format: Audio CD
`Small World, Big Band' is a collection of tracks from Jools Holland and some well known friends.

The selection of tracks here are in his typical boogie woogie, blues or soul style and the friends he duets with are varied and eclectic. From Sting to George Harrison, Mica Paris and David Gilmour to Eric Clapton, each person he duets with adds their own unique feel to the song they feature on.

Personal favourites have to be `Nobody But You' with Ruby Turner with it's soul blues feel and `Mademoiselle Will Decide' with Mark Knopfler, but to be honest all the songs are good and sit very comfortably alongside one another.

If you like Jools' music then this should be right up your street and if you like blues in general then there should plenty here for you to enjoy. Give it a try, you shouldn't be disappointed.

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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 1 Jan. 2002
Format: Audio CD
A great CD, for both blues/boogie enthusiast or occasoinal listener. A great line up of artists performing songs both newly composed and covered along with the very talented Jools Holland and his Rythm and Blues Orchestra. The band are on top form and its nice for once to be able to actually hear the piano in a recording for once and Jools' piano playing gets the attention it deserves in this excellent compilation which is a pleasure to the listener and an inspiration to musicians, composers and learning pianists such as myself. If you are into good music then buy it!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Andy Millward VINE VOICE on 14 Dec. 2001
Format: Audio CD
22 tracks, a truck load of star guests (including George Harrison's final recording before the posthumous releases start), some excellent boogie-woogie piano and crisp horns, all for a tenner. Nobody could claim they were short-changed!
That said, I wish Jools would display the full range of his talents (piano, not vocal!) He seems to choose material well within his capabilities. Promises much more than he actually delivers, somehow.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By "aidanksmith" on 30 Jun. 2002
Format: Audio CD
Although I have enjoyed watching Jools' Later programmes for the last few years, and think he is a great pianist and has a great band, this is my first Jools album. Like many people, I suspect, I had to have it because of the George Harrison track.
Here Jools brings together elements of rock, blues, jazz, the "big band" sound, and his famous boogie woogie, as well as the various styles of his "friends". It's an eclectic mix; often it works, but with 22 tracks, it also often sounds a bit samey.
There are some fantastic tracks here. My favourites are those with Sting, George Harrison, Suggs, Marc Almond, John Cale, JK from Jamiroquai, Mark Knopfler, Ruby Turner/Dave Gilmour, Steve Winwood and Van Morrison. Also worth a mention is Revolution from the Stereophonics, which is about the best cover of a Beatles song I have heard - and I think better than the slow acoustic version the fab four recorded for the White Album. Lots of the rest I am often tempted to skip.
Valentine Moon is particularly disappointing. I have seen Sam Brown on Jools' shows and she has a fantastic voice but this track, with its slushy sentimental lyrics - and which does not seem to feature very much of Jools' big band either - simply does not do her justice!
Still, well worth buying for the really great tracks, and when you think about it, the average album only has about 12 tracks on it anyway, so if you like most or even all of this, then it is even better value.
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