Jools Holland & His Rhythm & Blues Orchestra – Jools Holland & Friends (2011)

FrontCover1.jpgJulian Miles “Jools” Holland, OBE, DL (born 24 January 1958) is an English pianist, bandleader, singer, composer and television presenter. He was an original member of the band Squeeze and his work has involved him with many artists including Sting, Eric Clapton, Mark Knopfler, George Harrison, David Gilmour, Magazine, The The and Bono.

Since 1992, he has hosted Later… with Jools Holland, a music-based show aired on BBC2, on which his annual show Hootenanny is based.[1] Holland is a published author and appears on television shows besides his own and contributes to radio shows. In 2004, he collaborated with Tom Jones on an album of traditional R&B music.

Holland also regularly hosts the weekly programme Jools Holland on BBC Radio 2, which is a mix of live and recorded music and general chat and features studio guests, along with members of his orchestra.

Holland was educated at Shooters Hill Grammar School, a former state grammar school on Red Lion Lane in Shooter’s Hill (near Woolwich), in the Royal Borough of Greenwich in southeast London, from which he was expelled for damaging a teacher’s Triumph Herald.

Holland began his career as a session musician; his first studio session was with Wayne County & the Electric Chairs in 1976 on their track “Fuck Off”.

Holland was a founding member of the British pop band Squeeze, formed in March 1974, in which he played keyboards until 1981 and helped the band to achieve millions of record sales, before pursuing his solo career.

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Holland began issuing solo records in 1978, his first EP being Boogie Woogie ’78. He continued his solo career through the early 1980s, releasing an album and several singles between 1981 and 1984. He branched out into TV, co-presenting the Newcastle-based TV music show The Tube with Paula Yates. Holland used the phrase, “be there, or be an ungroovey fucker” in one early evening TV trailer for the show, live across two channels, causing him to be suspended from the show for six weeks. He referred to this in his sitcom The Groovy Fellers with Rowland Rivron.[citation needed] Holland also appeared as a guest host on MTV.

In 1983 Holland played an extended piano solo on The The’s re-recording of “Uncertain Smile” for the album Soul Mining. In 1985, Squeeze (which had continued in Holland’s absence through to 1982) unexpectedly regrouped including Holland as their keyboard player. Holland remained in the band until 1990, at which point he again departed to resume his solo career as a musician and a TV host.

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In 1987, Holland formed the Jools Holland Big Band, which consisted of himself and for the show Gilson Lavis from Squeeze. This gradually became the 18-piece Jools Holland’s Rhythm and Blues Orchestra. The Orchestra includes singers Louise Marshall and Ruby Turner and his younger brother, singer-songwriter and keyboard player, Christopher Holland.

Between 1988 and 1990 he performed and co-hosted along with David Sanborn during the two seasons of the music performance programme Sunday Night on NBC late-night television.[5] Since 1992 he has presented the music programme Later… with Jools Holland, plus an annual New Year’s Eve Hootenanny.

In 1996, Holland signed a recording contract with Warner Bros. Records,[3] and his records are now marketed through Rhino Records.

On 29 November 2002, Holland was in the ensemble of musicians who performed at the Concert for George, which celebrated the music of George Harrison. In January 2005 Holland and his band performed with Eric Clapton as the headline act of the Tsunami Relief Cardiff.

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On 29 August 2005, Holland married Christabel McEwen, his girlfriend of 15 years and daughter of artist Rory McEwen. Holland lives in the Westcombe Park area of Blackheath in southeast London, where he had his studio, Helicon Mountain, built to his design and inspired by Portmeirion, the setting for the 1960s TV series The Prisoner.[6] He also owns a manor house near medieval Cooling Castle in Kent.[7][8]

He appeared on the cover of Railway Modeller magazine in January 2019. In the attic of his house, Holland has spent ten years building a 100-foot (30 m) model railway. It is full of miniature buildings and landscapes that stretch from Berlin to London. He started with photographs and paintings from early 1960s London. “In the evenings, he builds some trains and buildings before switching on some music, pouring a glass of wine and switching on the trains to watch them move around the room.”

He received an OBE in 2003 in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list, for services to the British music industry as a television presenter and musician. In September 2006, Holland was appointed a Deputy Lieutenant for Kent. Holland was appointed an honorary fellow of Canterbury Christ Church University at a ceremony held at Canterbury Cathedral on 30 January 2009. On 1 February 2011 he was appointed honorary colonel of 101 (City of London) Engineer Regiment.

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In June 2006 Holland performed in Southend for HIV/AIDS charity Mildmay, and in early 2007 he performed at Wells and Rochester Cathedrals to raise money for maintaining cathedral buildings. He is also patron of Drake Music.

A fan of the 1960s TV series The Prisoner, in 1987 Holland demonstrated his love of the series and starred in a spoof documentary, The Laughing Prisoner, with Stephen Fry, Terence Alexander and Hugh Laurie. Much of it was shot on location in Portmeirion, with archive footage of Patrick McGoohan, and featuring musical numbers from Siouxsie and the Banshees, Magnum and XTC. Holland performed a number towards the end of the programme.

Holland was an interviewer for The Beatles Anthology TV project, and appeared in the 1997 film Spiceworld as a musical director.

In 2008, Holland commissioned TV series Bangla Bangers (Chop Shop) to create a replica of the Rover JET1 for personal use. Holland is a greyhound racing supporter and has previously owned dogs. (by wikipedia)

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And here´his first “Friends” album including a lot of great artists (see tracklist) … and you will her this great mixture between Big Bnd Jazz and Rhythm & Blues…

It´s hot, baby !!!

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Personnel:
Mark Flanagan (guitar)
Roger Goslyn (trombone, accordion)
Lisa Graham (saxophone)
Christopher Holland (organ)
Jools Holland (piano)
Gilson Lavis (drums, percussion)
Nick Lunt (saxophone)
Jason McDermid (trumpet)
Derek Nash (saxophone)
Rico Rodriguez (trombone)
Winston Rollins (trombone)
Michael Bammi Rose (saxophone)
Jon Scott (trumpet)
Chris Storr (trumpet)
Dave Swift (bass)
Phil Veacock (saxophone)
Fayyaz Virji (trombone)
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background vocals:
Sam Brown – Ruby Turner
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a lot of guests (see tracklist)

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Tracklist:
01. Horse To The Water (feat. George Harrison) (G.Harrison/D.Harrison) 4.57
02. Marie (feat. Herbert Grönemeyer) (Newman) 3.14
03. The Informer (feat. Ruby Turner) (Holland) 3.33
04. Wohin die Liebe fällt (Wheel Of Fortune) (feat. Valerie) (Holland/Bronner) 4.01
05. Seventh Son (feat. Sting) (Dixon) 3.04
06. Out Of This World (feat. Melanie C) (Holland/Brown/Hynde) 3.38
07. I Love Every Little Thing About You (feat. Roger Cicero) (Wonder) 5.17
08. Übers Meer (feat. Ina Müller) (Reiser) 4.17
09. Mabel (feat. Eric Clapton & Solomon Burke) (Burke/Clapton/Holland) 4.52
10. I Put A Spell On You (feat. David Gilmour & Mica Paris) (Hawkins) 4.08
11. Think (feat. Tom Jones) (Malone/Cracklin) 4.00
12. I Went By (feat. Louise Marshall) (Ash Howes Radio Mix) (Holland) 2.59
13. Ba-Ba Boo-Boo (Into Your Heart) (feat. The Baseballs) (Brans) 4.14
14. The Kiss Of Love (feat. Nick Cave & Sam Brown) (Holland/Brown) 4.23
15. Let The Boogie Woogie Roll (feat. Robert Plant) (Ertegun/Wexler) 2.37
16. Just To Be Home With You (feat. Herbert Grönemeyer) 2.29
17. Tuxedo Junction (Dash/Feyne/Hawkins/Johnson) 3.35
18. Miniatur Wunderland (feat. Axel & Torsten Zwingenberger) (Holland/ A.Zwingenberger)) 2.40
19. Say Hello, Wave Goodbye (feat. Marc Almond) (Almond/Ball) 4.33
20. If You Wear That Velvet Dress (feat. Bono) (Clayton/Evans/Mullen/Hewson) 6.15

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Sting – Bring On The Night (1986)

FrontCover1.jpgBring on the Night is a 1986 live album by Sting recorded over the course of several live shows in 1985 and released in 1986. The title is taken from a song by The Police from their 1979 album Reggatta de Blanc. The songs performed include Sting’s early solo material from the studio album The Dream of the Blue Turtles, and from his time with The Police, with a few of the performances played as medleys of the two. The touring band features the prominent jazz musicians Branford Marsalis, Darryl Jones, Kenny Kirkland, and Omar Hakim.

Despite not featuring any hit singles, the album reached number 16 on the UK Album Charts[3] and won Sting a Grammy Award in 1988 for Best Pop Vocal Performance, Male.

Bring on the Night is also a 1985 documentary directed by Michael Apted covering the formative stages of Sting’s solo career—released as DVD in 2005. (by wikipedia)

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Sting really got carried away with the idea that his supporting crew for Dream of the Blue Turtles was a real jazz band, and technically, he was kind of right. He did pluck them straight out of Wynton Marsalis’ backing band (thereby angering Wynton and emboldening his anti-rock stance, while flaring up a sibling rivalry between the trumpeter and his saxophonist brother Branford — a veritable hat trick, that), and since he was initially a jazz bassist, it seemed like a good fit. At the very least, it seemed like a monumental occasion because he documented the entire development of the band and making of Dream with a documentary called Bring on the Night, releasing a double live album as its soundtrack just a year after the debut hit the stores. This could be called hubris (and it will be called that here), especially because the appearance of the live album feels like a way of showcasing Sting’s jazz band and jazz chops. Most of the songs run around five minutes long and there are no less than three medleys, two of which marry an old Police number with a tune from Dream. Arriving as a second solo album, it can’t help but feel a little unnecessary, even if the loose, rather infectious performances show what Sting was trying to achieve with his debut. Even so, this is a record for the cult, and while it will satisfy them, to others it will seem like, well, hubris. (by Stephen Thomas Erlewine)

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Personnel:
Omar Hakim (drums, background vocals, electronic percussion)
Darryl Jones (bass)
Kenny Kirkland (keyboards)
Branford Marsalis (saxophone, clarinet, rap, percussion)
Sting (bass, guitar, vocals, keyboards)
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background vocals:
Janice Pendarvis – Dolette McDonald

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Tracklist:

CD 1:
01. Bring On the Night/When the World Is Running Down, You Make the Best of What’s Still Around (Sting) 11.46
02. Consider Me Gone (Sting) 4.52
03. Low Life (Sting) 4.07
04. We Work The Black Seam (Sting) 7.01
05. Driven To Tears (Sting) 6.59
06. Dream Of The Blue Turtles/Demolition Man (Sting) 5.55

CD 2:
01. One World (Not Three)/Love Is The Seventh Wave (Sting)  11.13
02. Moon Over Bourbon Street (Sting)  4.25
03. I Burn For You (Sting) 5.26
04. Another Day (Sting) 4.45
05. Children’s Crusade (Sting) 5.30
06. Down So Long (Atkins/Lenoir) 4.37
07. Tea In The Sahara (Sting) 6.26

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Sting – The Soul Cages (1991)

FrontCover1Emboldened by the enthusiastic response to the muted Nothing Like the Sun and reeling from the loss of his parents, Sting constructed The Soul Cages as a hushed mediation on mortality, loss, grief, and father/son relationships (the album is dedicated, in part, to his father; its predecessor was dedicated to his mother). Using the same basic band as Nothing Like the Sun, the album has the same supple, luxurious tone, stretching out leisurely over nine tracks, almost all of them layered mid-tempo tunes (the exception being grinding guitars of the title track). Within this setting, Sting hits a few remarkable peaks, such as the elegant waltz “Mad About You” and “All This Time,” a deceptively skipping pop tune that hides a moving tribute to his father. If the entirety of The Soul Cages was as nimbly melodic and urgently emotional as these two cuts, it would have been a quiet masterpiece. Instead, it turns inward — not just lyrically, but musically — and plays as a diary entry, perhaps interesting to those willing to spend hours immersing themselves within Sting’s loss, finding parallels within their own life. This may be too much effort for anyone outside of the devoted, since apart from those two singles (and perhaps “Why Should I Cry for You”), there are few entry points into The Soul Cages — and, once you get in there, it only rewards if your emotional state mirrors Sting’s. (by Stephen Thomas Erlewine)

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Personnel:
Skip Burney (percussion)
Ray Cooper (percussion)
Munyungo Jackson (percussion)
Manu Katché (drums)
Kenny Kirkland (keyboards)
Branford Marsalis (saxophone)
Dominic Miller (guitar)
Paola Paparelle (oboe)
David Sancious (keyboards)
Sting (vocals, bass, mandolin, synclavier)
Bill Summers (percussion)
Kathryn Tickell (northumbrian smallpipe)
Tony Vacca (percussion)
Vinx (percussion)

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Tracklist:
01. Island Of Souls 6.41
02. All This Time 4.54
03. Mad About You 3.53
04. Jeremiah Blues (Part 1) 4.54
05. Why Should I Cry For Yoi 4.46
06. Saint Agnes And The Burning Train 2.43
07. The Wild Wild Sea 6.41
08. The Soul Cages 5.51
09. When The Angels Fall 7.48

All songs written by Sting

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Sting – …Nothing Like The Sun (1987)

FrontCover1 If Dream of the Blue Turtles was an unabashedly pretentious affair, it looks positively lighthearted in comparison to Sting’s sophomore effort, Nothing Like the Sun, one of the most doggedly serious pop albums ever recorded. This is an album where the only up-tempo track, the only trifle — the cheerfully stiff white-funk “We’ll Be Together” — was added at the insistence of the label because they believed there wasn’t a cut on the record that could be pulled as a single, one that would break down the doors to mainstream radio. And they were right, since everything else here is too measured, calm, and deliberately subtle to be immediate (including the intentional throwaway, “Rock Steady”). So, why is it a better album than its predecessor? Because Sting doesn’t seem to be trying so hard. It flows naturally, largely because this isn’t trying to explicitly be a jazz-rock record (thank the presence of a new rhythm section of Sting and drummer Manu Katche for that) and because the melodies are insinuating, slowly working their way into memory, while the entire record plays like a mood piece — playing equally well as background music or as intensive, serious listening.

Booklet01ASting’s words can still grate — the stifling pompousness of “History Will Teach Us Nothing” the clearest example, yet calls of “Hey Mr. Pinochet” also strike an uneasy chord — but his lyricism shines on “The Lazarus Heart,” “Be Still My Beating Heart,” “They Dance Alone,” and “Fragile,” a quartet of his very finest songs. If Nothing Like the Sun runs a little too long, with only his Gil Evans-assisted cover of “Little Wing” standing out in the final quarter, it still maintains its tone until the end and, since it’s buoyed by those previously mentioned stunners, it’s one of his better albums. (by Stephen Thomas Erlewine)

And his version of “Little Wing” is one of the best versions of this Jimi Hendrix song ever recorded !

Booklet03APersonnel:
Mino Cinelu (percussion, vocoder)
Manu Katché (drums)
Kenny Kirkland (keyboards)
Branford Marsalis (saxophone)
Sting (vocals, bass, guitar on 04. + 06.)
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Rubén Blades (spoken Spanish on 05.)
Hiram Bullock (guitar on 11.)
Eric Clapton (guitar on 05.)
Kenwood Dennard (drums on 11.)
Mark Egan (bass on 11.)
Fareed Haque (guitar on 05.)
Ken Helman (piano on 12.)
Mark Knopfler (guitar on 05.)
Andy Newmark (additional drums)
Andy Summers (guitar on 01. + 02.)
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Gil Evans & His Orchestra (on 11.)
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background vocals:
Renée Geyer – Dollette McDonald – Janice Pendarvis – Vesta Williams

Booklet07ATracklist:
01.The Lazarus Heart (Sting) 4,34
02. Be Still My Beating Heart (Sting) 5.32
03. Englishman In New York (Sting) 4.25
04. History Will Teach Us Nothing (Sting) 4.58
05. They Dance Alone (Sting) 7.16
06. Fragile (Sting) 3.54
07. We’ll Be Together (Sting) 4.52
08. Straight To My Heart (Sting) 3.55
09. Rock Steady (Sting) 4.27
10. Sister Moon (Sting) 3.46
11. Little Wing (Hendrix) 5.04
12. The Secret Marriage (Eisler/Sting) 2.03

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