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More Friends: Small World Big Band Volume 2

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  • Audio CD (18 Nov. 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: WSM
  • ASIN: B00007B4DC
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,188 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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In More Friends Jools Holland (and his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra) return with a growing motley crew of musicians that have appeared on his eclectic music show Later With Jools Holland. Again, the focus is on what Holland calls "big band blues"--there's a rock & roll big-band extravaganza with Tom Jones, a boogie woogie piano jam for Robert Plant and a classic cover from Dionne Warwick to mention but a few of the performances from the great and good that appear here. But Jools' show has always been about championing new and cult artists too, and female jazz vocalist of the moment Norah Jones just had to put in an appearance with her cover of the Nina Simone classic "In The Dark", along with indie regular Badly Drawn Boy. In fact his offering, "The Can Is Open" in particular shines given the Jools treatment with all the big easy listening Bacharach trumpets and playful piano melodies giving it the simple but epic sound so characteristic of his recent album. Likewise the ever charismatic Huey from the Fun Lovin' Criminals is perfect for a good old croon with the band on the old Sinatra standard "Fly Me To The Moon". Sounding like a late night music fan's fantasy jam session, (just listen to Huey joking "hey is there anything left in that bottle?"), More Friends is essential for fans of that big band sound--young or old. --Caroline Butler

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Having now got Holland's entire back catalogue, you can imagine my anticpation waiting for the brown cardboard box from Amazon waiting to drop through my letterbox. No disappointment whatsoever.
This CD is certainly better than Small World Big Band 1 and is more upbeat, containing tracks such as Tuxedo Junction from the Bells Whisky advert, to Huey from the Fun Lovin' Criminals covering Fly Me To The Moon. The fact that Revolution (with Stereophonics, who again feature excellently on this CD) on Small World Big Band 1 has been voted in some circles says it all.
For a guy that grew up in the 90s, I would also say there are more contemporaries and well-knowns than on the last CD: Huey, Tom Jones, Bono, Bryan Ferry, Stereophonics to name but a few. This also leads me to think that Tom Jones could do a full album with Jools.
The music is also more appealing to the 'mainstream' compared with other CDs such as Sunset Over London and A-Z of Piano where you really have to like instrumentals and R&B style tunes.
Hope there is a volume 3. Many thanks Jools, can't wait 'til your concert in December...
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I'm a bit of a Jools virgin - my first album was Small World, Big Band, vol 1 closely followed by Greatest Hits. They've never been out the CD player in the car over the last year. It was with trepidation (and excitement) that I ordered "More Friends" -after all - could it be as addictive?
There's the good old Jools blues piano in Tuxedo Junction and Anglegrinder Blues, but there are also some surprises, especially Bono and his Velvet Dress.I've not had the album long, but everytime I listen to it, you come across more gems such as Snowflake Boogie and Your's truly Confused N10. There's a real blend of artistes and - well it works for me!
The Orchestra "and Friends" ensemble is fantastic but Jools has to be careful that he doesn't place overreliance on them and overdo the formula - after all he is a supreme musician and entertainer in his own right and he mustn't lose his own identity. There are one or two tracks where you forget momentarily that you are listening to a Jools album, but in the next moment he's right back there giving it his all!!
It is a testament to Jools reputation in the music world that so many artistes want to work with him and you get the feeling that everyone is enjoying the ultimate jam session.
I think it'll spend the next year in the car.....!!
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Jools Holland must have one of the most enviable 'phone books in the music business. Having mingled with the great and the good of pop music (in the broadest sense of the term) on "Later" for many years, this album was bound to be an eclectic affair and carries on where "Small World, Big Band" Volume 1 left off. One might harbour suspicions that this is a mutual congratulation society for musos, but relax, the mood is one of mutual support, not congratulation. Jools' own big band/rhythm and blues leanings anchor the sound and give the album coherence. This is complemented by the diversity of the guest artists on each track, who give of themselves willingly to lend the whole affair an uplifting, party atmosphere.
Inevitably there are some weak spots. I may be one of the few people to find Kelly Jones' strangled cat vocals as enjoyable as listening to someone scraping their fingernails down a blackboard, but there are plenty of high points, for example Ray Davies (who was criminally omitted from the "Party at the Palace" CD) delivering a finely balanced performance combining the poignancy and quizzical humour that made The Kinks so special. Norah Jones, a rising jazz star,is poised and soulful whilst Guy Barker, a leading jazz trumpeter, demonstrates his remarkable dexterity on that expressive instrument. Damon Gough's (aka Badly Drawn Boy) contribution is pleasingly quirky and Robert Plant lets it all hang out as only he can. This album may not break any new ground musically but it may well bring a smile to your face with its sense of camaraderie and the sheer enjoyment of making music. I do have some bad news, however: the car on the cover (a beautiful old Humber Hawk if I'm not mistaken) is not included as a free gift with the CD.
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Following on from the success of the first volume, this is even better. Jools has collected together another selection of "Friends" and backed them with his superb Orchestra. This time out he is joined by Tom Jones, Ray Davies, Robert Plant, Jeff Beck and Bono, to name but a few.
Robert Plant returns to his Honeydrippers persona with 'Let the Boogie Woogie Roll' true 50's rock'n'roll sound. Jools and his orchestra include their own version of 'Tuxedo Junction' a new take on this Big Band standard instrumental. Jeff Beck's track is also an instrumental showing again what a great guitarist he is.
If you like good music, played well; then this is for you.
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I was really looking forward to this CD as Jools is capable of some amazing performances and the tracks here are all winners. Unfortunately, I have to agree with another reviewer here - the sound quality is very poor to the point of being almost unlistenable on a decent system. The music is very compressed and as such it's just a bland wall of sound; all the emotion that was put into the live performances has been lost. This disc is another unfortunate casualty of the loudness war.
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