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  • Audio CD (13 Nov. 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Rhino
  • ASIN: B000051JTH
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
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Jools Holland And His Rhythm And Blues Orchestra - Bloodsucker Blues - Cd

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Jools is best known as the genial presenter of the multi-stage, multi-genre Later With Jools show on BBC2, but here he expands on the musical cameos he makes there to stand centre stage as pianist, singer, bandleader and composer. The music closest to his heart is big band shuffle, jump and boogie, and there are plenty of roaring horn sections here, numerous bluesy vocals from Jools and top notch jazz solos from Guy Barker, Bruce Adams and others. At the same time, reflecting the eclecticism of his show, he also dips into reggae with skanking versions of "The Way You Look Tonight" (vocal by Sam Brown) and "I'm In The Mood For Love" (where Jamiroquai flexes his jazz muscle with authority). Jazz history is underlined rather than reinvented here, but the set is ideal for anyone who can't wait until Christmas for a taste of the party atmosphere which suffuses Jools's famed Hootenanny TV specials. --Mark Gilbert

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Play truant and immediately start to listen to 'Hop the Wag', the latest cd by piano-wizard Jools Holland and his illustrious Rhythm & Blues Orchestra, it will be well worth your trouble. Starting off with the sizzling full blazed 'Honeydripper' going all the way up and down the musical scale to solo purity with 'Remember Me'.
Jools can be considered an eclectic stylist, although his favor for good old boogie woogie and blues in the deepest shade of blue never fails to emerge. Covers and originals are equally treated with enthusiasm and sheer love for the joy of music . 'Bloodsucker Blues' and 'T Bag Scuffle' are 'live' real crowd pleasers - and it's hard to top these guys 'in concert' - but they've managed to uphold a lot of the vibrating quality in the studio. If one should think that it wasn't possible anymore to use the cliché classics 'The way you look tonight' and 'I'm in the mood for love' just listen to Jools' ska versions, with the sultry vocals of Jay Kay aka Jamiroquai on the latter. 'June Rose Lane' is a charming waltzing tribute to his mother, but leave it to Mr. Holland to surprise with an odd song like 'Loutette', recited by a certain Mr. Norman Wassberg, who just happens to be a customer of Jools' local pub, but it boogies never the less. Or the rather strange yet delicate sounding 'Lost Content', with lyrics from a poem by Victorian poet A.E. Housman.
'Blue Guitar', which first appeared on 'The Full Complement' cd as a sulky, intimate song, has matured into a more gutsy, shorter version in 2000, which just proves that 'recycling' of your own work does pay off sometimes.
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In my opinion this is the best Holland album. From the Big Band bash of Honeydripper - including an earstomping drum solo from Gilson Lavis - to the simple beauty of Remember Me with some inspired playing by Jools, this is a great album. The uplifting Bloodsucker Blues is excellent, while T Bag Skuffle will get your foot tapping while listening to phenomenal solos from Holland himself and the rest of the band. I'm sure this is one album you'll find hard to take out of your CD player.
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By A Customer on 14 Dec. 2001
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Mr Holland can just not put a foot wrong! Another brilliant album from one of the masters of Britsh jazz! I do admit, I had to listen to the album more than once to get me totally hooked, but soon the boogie gets to you! The best tracks? Hard to say. Fell totally in love with "Blue Guitar" & "June Rose Lane" whilst listening to the Radio 2 show, but other highlights include "The Blues Is A Feeling" & the very groovy "Loutette"! Well done Jools! Another marvellous album! Jools Rules!
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By A Customer on 23 Nov. 2002
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In my opinion this is the best Holland album. From the Big Band bash of Honeydripper - including an earstomping drum solo from Gilson Lavis - to the simple beauty of Remember Me with some inspired playing by Jools, this is a great album. The uplifting Bloodsucker Blues is excellent, while T Bag Skuffle will get your foot tapping while listening to phenomenal solos from Holland himself and the rest of the band. I'm sure this is one album you'll find hard to take out of your CD player.
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I am so looking forward to seeing this performed LIVE at the Royal Albert Hall in November, this Cd has a great mixture of soft swing tracks, great 'boogy woogy', blues and jazz. I really love it, you would be mad not to have a listen.
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Jools Holland has had a great deal more commercial success sales-wise with his two (so far) “Small World Big Band” albums, but “Hop the Wag” (his most recent apart from those bestselling duet issues) is, in my opinion, just that little bit superior.
Jools epitomises “boogie-woogie” – a genre not often admitted to by many artists these days, but Jools and his orchestra have made sure its reputation remains a damned good one. This album could hardly do it better justice – starting off with a great swinging tune which morphs into something completely different halfway through, you’re left in little doubt about this man’s creativity. There are ballads, sung more than ably by the divinely-voiced Sam Fox. There are great bass-line moments, especially “Bloodsucker Blues” which lodges itself right into the brain and refuses to leave for days. There’s also the duet with Jamiroquai’s Jay Kay which appears on “SWBB volume 1”, a standout track from that album and this.
It’s quite hard to write a proper review of this album, because if you know what Jools Holland is all about and like it, then this is a brilliant example of just that. If you don’t, well… listen to a couple of clips and you’ll see! Rest assured the rest of the album is just as entertaining – Holland turns out catchy riffs mid-song that could form another one in its own right. He’s surrounded by a wonderfully talented orchestra, and he’s not a half bad singer, either.
This album shows off all their abilities to great effect. Absolutely excellent.
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