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Eric Clapton & Friends: The Breeze - An Appreciation Of JJ Cale

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In a sense, nearly every album Eric Clapton recorded after 1970 has been a tribute to J.J. Cale. On that first solo album, Clapton cut a cover of Cale's "After Midnight" and while he was under the spell of Delaney Bramlett for that album, soon enough Slowhand began drifting toward the laconic shuffle that was Cale's stock in trade. Clapton never hesitated to credit Cale, dropping his name in interviews, turning "Cocaine" into a modern standard, even going so far as to record an entire duet album with the Oklahoma troubadour called The Road to Escondido in 2006. In other words, E.C. owed J.J. little but after Cale passed at the age of 74, the guitarist decided to pay a full-scale tribute in the form of the 2014 LP The Breeze: An Appreciation of J.J. Cale. Working with most of his regular band, Clapton also invited a host of friends who share a soft spot for Cale, including Tom Petty, Mark Knopfler, John Mayer, Willie Nelson, and the Oklahoma-based singer Don White, whose vocals are within the range of the departed Cale. All of these musicians don't distract from E.C.'s version of J.J.: everybody slides into an exceedingly laid-back, pristine roots groove, one that barely rises above a steady simmer -- only "I'll Be There (If You Ever Want Me)" boogies, but "Cajun Moon" skips along, too -- and one that's executed with the precision of old pros. Occasionally, a personal stylistic quirk stamps a track with a signature -- there's no mistaking Willie's idiosyncratic phrasing or Knopfler's Strat -- but otherwise, everybody is operating at the same relaxed pace, differences between the musicians disappearing alongside the distinctions between songs. It's all perfectly pleasant and a convincing testament to what Clapton learned from Cale, although its silvery monochromatic shuffles suggest J.J. was a little more one-dimensional than he actually was.
© Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo

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1
They Call Me The Breeze
00:03:06

Nathan East, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Simon Climie, Producer, Drums, Keyboards, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Walt Richmond, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Jim Keltner, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - J.J. CALE, ComposerLyricist - Eric Clapton, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Albert Lee, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2014 EPC Enterprises LLP

2
Rock And Roll Records
00:02:19

Nathan East, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Simon Climie, Producer, Drums, Keyboards, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Walt Richmond, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Jim Keltner, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - J.J. CALE, ComposerLyricist - Reggie Young, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Eric Clapton, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Tom Petty, Vocals, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2014 EPC Enterprises LLP

3
Someday
00:03:48

Nathan East, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Mickey Raphael, Harmonica, AssociatedPerformer - Simon Climie, Producer, Drums, Keyboards, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Walt Richmond, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - J.J. CALE, ComposerLyricist - Eric Clapton, Producer, Guitar, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Mark Knopfler, Guitar, Vocals, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Don Preston, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Christine Lakeland, Acoustic Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Don White, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2014 EPC Enterprises LLP

4
Lies
00:03:06

Nathan East, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Simon Climie, Producer, Drums, Keyboards, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Walt Richmond, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Jim Keltner, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - J.J. CALE, ComposerLyricist - Eric Clapton, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - John Mayer, Guitar, Vocals, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Michelle John, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Sharon White, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2014 EPC Enterprises LLP

5
Sensitive Kind
00:05:17

Nathan East, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Simon Climie, Producer, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Walt Richmond, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Jim Keltner, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - J.J. CALE, ComposerLyricist - Eric Clapton, Producer, Guitar, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Michelle John, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Sharon White, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Don White, Guitar, Vocals, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2014 EPC Enterprises LLP

6
Cajun Moon
00:02:27

Nathan East, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Simon Climie, Producer, Drums, Keyboards, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Walt Richmond, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Jim Keltner, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - J.J. CALE, ComposerLyricist - Reggie Young, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Eric Clapton, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2014 EPC Enterprises LLP

7
Magnolia
00:03:41

Nathan East, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Simon Climie, Producer, Drums, Keyboards, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Walt Richmond, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Jim Keltner, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - J.J. CALE, ComposerLyricist - Eric Clapton, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - John Mayer, Guitar, Vocals, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2014 EPC Enterprises LLP

8
I Got The Same Old Blues
00:03:02

Nathan East, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Simon Climie, Producer, Drums, Keyboards, Percussion, Co-Producer, AssociatedPerformer - Walt Richmond, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Jim Keltner, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - J.J. CALE, ComposerLyricist - Reggie Young, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Eric Clapton, Producer, Guitar, Co-Producer, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Tom Petty, Vocals, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2014 EPC Enterprises LLP

9
Songbird
00:02:55

Nathan East, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Mickey Raphael, Harmonica, AssociatedPerformer - Simon Climie, Producer, Drums, Keyboards, Percussion, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Walt Richmond, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Jim Keltner, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - J.J. CALE, ComposerLyricist - Willie Nelson, Guitar, Vocals, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Eric Clapton, Producer, Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - David Lindley, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Michelle John, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Sharon White, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2014 EPC Enterprises LLP

10
Since You Said Goodbye
00:03:00

Nathan East, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Simon Climie, Producer, Drums, Keyboards, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Doyle Bramhall II, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Walt Richmond, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Jim Keltner, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - J.J. CALE, ComposerLyricist - Eric Clapton, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2014 EPC Enterprises LLP

11
I'll Be There (If You Ever Want Me)
00:02:36

Nathan East, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Rusty Gabbard, ComposerLyricist - Simon Climie, Producer, Drums, Keyboards, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Walt Richmond, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Jim Keltner, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Eric Clapton, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, Dobro, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Albert Lee, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Ray Price, ComposerLyricist - Don White, Vocals, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2014 EPC Enterprises LLP

12
The Old Man And Me
00:02:56

Nathan East, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Simon Climie, Producer, Drums, Keyboards, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Walt Richmond, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Jim Keltner, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - J.J. CALE, ComposerLyricist - Greg Leisz, Pedal Steel, AssociatedPerformer - Eric Clapton, Producer, Guitar, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Tom Petty, Vocals, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2014 EPC Enterprises LLP

13
Train To Nowhere
00:04:51

Nathan East, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Simon Climie, Producer, Drums, Keyboards, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Walt Richmond, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Jim Keltner, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - J.J. CALE, ComposerLyricist - Eric Clapton, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Mark Knopfler, Guitar, Vocals, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Don Preston, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Michelle John, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Sharon White, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Christine Lakeland, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Don White, Guitar, Vocals, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jimmy Markham, Harmonica, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2014 EPC Enterprises LLP

14
Starbound
00:02:03

Derek Trucks, Guitar, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Mickey Raphael, Harmonica, AssociatedPerformer - Simon Climie, Producer, Drums, Keyboards, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Walt Richmond, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - J.J. CALE, ComposerLyricist - Willie Nelson, Guitar, Vocals, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Greg Leisz, Pedal Steel, AssociatedPerformer - Eric Clapton, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2014 EPC Enterprises LLP

15
Don't Wait
00:02:46

Nathan East, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Simon Climie, Producer, Drums, Keyboards, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Walt Richmond, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Jim Keltner, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - J.J. CALE, ComposerLyricist - Eric Clapton, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - John Mayer, Guitar, Vocals, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Christine Lakeland, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2014 EPC Enterprises LLP

16
Crying Eyes
00:03:30

Derek Trucks, Guitar, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Nathan East, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Simon Climie, Producer, Drums, Keyboards, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Walt Richmond, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Jim Keltner, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - J.J. CALE, ComposerLyricist - Eric Clapton, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - David Lindley, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Christine Lakeland, Vocals, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2014 EPC Enterprises LLP

Album Description

In a sense, nearly every album Eric Clapton recorded after 1970 has been a tribute to J.J. Cale. On that first solo album, Clapton cut a cover of Cale's "After Midnight" and while he was under the spell of Delaney Bramlett for that album, soon enough Slowhand began drifting toward the laconic shuffle that was Cale's stock in trade. Clapton never hesitated to credit Cale, dropping his name in interviews, turning "Cocaine" into a modern standard, even going so far as to record an entire duet album with the Oklahoma troubadour called The Road to Escondido in 2006. In other words, E.C. owed J.J. little but after Cale passed at the age of 74, the guitarist decided to pay a full-scale tribute in the form of the 2014 LP The Breeze: An Appreciation of J.J. Cale. Working with most of his regular band, Clapton also invited a host of friends who share a soft spot for Cale, including Tom Petty, Mark Knopfler, John Mayer, Willie Nelson, and the Oklahoma-based singer Don White, whose vocals are within the range of the departed Cale. All of these musicians don't distract from E.C.'s version of J.J.: everybody slides into an exceedingly laid-back, pristine roots groove, one that barely rises above a steady simmer -- only "I'll Be There (If You Ever Want Me)" boogies, but "Cajun Moon" skips along, too -- and one that's executed with the precision of old pros. Occasionally, a personal stylistic quirk stamps a track with a signature -- there's no mistaking Willie's idiosyncratic phrasing or Knopfler's Strat -- but otherwise, everybody is operating at the same relaxed pace, differences between the musicians disappearing alongside the distinctions between songs. It's all perfectly pleasant and a convincing testament to what Clapton learned from Cale, although its silvery monochromatic shuffles suggest J.J. was a little more one-dimensional than he actually was.
© Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo

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