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Lean On Me

Jose James

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Jose James is bringing back the great soul music of the sixties. With Lean On Me, his fifth album on the label Blue Note, the singer from Minneapolis pays tribute to Bill Withers. This album reiterates the influence that the big names of mythical jazz and soul have had on the artist, who sang the tracks of a certain Billie Holiday back in 2015… Despite the many musical paths he could’ve taken, James remains a faithful servant to the masters of soul, doing his duty of remembrance through his covers. Recorded in Capitol Records’ famous Studio B, he surrounded himself with big names: Pino Palladino on bass, Brad Allen Williams on the guitar, Kris Bowers on keyboard and Nate Smith on drums, a dream team with whom the soul man lays himself bare. With vintage groove and power, his warm voice evokes a bygone era and blends erotically with the piano chords of Lean On Me. Lovely Day’s funky soul doesn’t phase him either, but if there’s an area in which he truly excels, it’s on the sugary and slightly acoustic southern soul track: Hello Like Before. Watch out for hot flushes! Switching between tradition and modernity, each track is a surprise. Whether it’s brilliant musical improvisation you’re looking for (Just The Two of Us) or full funk (Better Off Dead) − here’s a guru who can hypnotise you in just a few seconds! © Anna Coluthe/Qobuz

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1
Ain't No Sunshine
00:03:15

Don Was, Producer - Nate Smith, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Lenny Castro, Conga, AssociatedPerformer - Bill Withers, ComposerLyricist - Pino Palladino, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Ed Cherney, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Pete Min, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ivy Skoff, Production Coordinator, StudioPersonnel - Jose James, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Brian Bender, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Rouble Kapoor, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Takuya Kuroda, Trumpet, Horn Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Corey King, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Kris Bowers, Hammond B3, Rhodes , AssociatedPerformer - Brad Allen Williams, Acoustic Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Todd Carder, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jeff Fitzpatrick, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ian Sefchick, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Monique Evelyn, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2018 UMG Recordings, Inc.

2
Grandma's Hands
00:04:10

Don Was, Producer - Nate Smith, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Lenny Castro, Tambourine, Shaker, Conga, AssociatedPerformer - Bill Withers, ComposerLyricist - Pino Palladino, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Ed Cherney, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Pete Min, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ivy Skoff, Production Coordinator, StudioPersonnel - Jose James, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Brian Bender, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Rouble Kapoor, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Kris Bowers, Piano, Hammond B3, AssociatedPerformer - Brad Allen Williams, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Todd Carder, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jeff Fitzpatrick, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ian Sefchick, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Monique Evelyn, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2018 UMG Recordings, Inc.

3
Lovely Day
00:04:14

Don Was, Producer - Lalah Hathaway, Vocals, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Nate Smith, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Bill Withers, ComposerLyricist - Pino Palladino, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Ed Cherney, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Pete Min, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ivy Skoff, Production Coordinator, StudioPersonnel - Jose James, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Brian Bender, Mixer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Takuya Kuroda, Trumpet, Horn Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Corey King, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Kris Bowers, Hammond B3, Rhodes , AssociatedPerformer - Clarence Scarborough, ComposerLyricist - Brad Allen Williams, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Todd Carder, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jeff Fitzpatrick, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ian Sefchick, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2018 UMG Recordings, Inc.

4
Lean On Me
00:04:57

Don Was, Producer - Nate Smith, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Lenny Castro, Shaker, AssociatedPerformer - Bill Withers, ComposerLyricist - Pino Palladino, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Ed Cherney, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Pete Min, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ivy Skoff, Production Coordinator, StudioPersonnel - Jose James, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Brian Bender, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Rouble Kapoor, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Kris Bowers, Piano, Hammond B3, Rhodes , AssociatedPerformer - Brad Allen Williams, Acoustic Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Todd Carder, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jeff Fitzpatrick, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ian Sefchick, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Monique Evelyn, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2018 UMG Recordings, Inc.

5
Kissing My Love
00:05:33

Don Was, Producer - Nate Smith, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Lenny Castro, Conga, AssociatedPerformer - Bill Withers, ComposerLyricist - Pino Palladino, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Dave McMurray, Flute, AssociatedPerformer - Ed Cherney, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Pete Min, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ivy Skoff, Production Coordinator, StudioPersonnel - Jose James, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Brian Bender, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Rouble Kapoor, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Takuya Kuroda, Horn Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Corey King, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Kris Bowers, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Brad Allen Williams, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Todd Carder, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jeff Fitzpatrick, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ian Sefchick, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Monique Evelyn, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2018 UMG Recordings, Inc.

6
Use Me
00:04:41

Don Was, Producer - Nate Smith, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Bill Withers, ComposerLyricist - Pino Palladino, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Ed Cherney, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Pete Min, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ivy Skoff, Production Coordinator, StudioPersonnel - Jose James, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Marcus Strickland, Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Brian Bender, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Takuya Kuroda, Trumpet, Horn Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Corey King, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Kris Bowers, Hammond B3, AssociatedPerformer - Ben Kane, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Brad Allen Williams, Acoustic Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Todd Carder, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jeff Fitzpatrick, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ian Sefchick, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jaclyn Sanchez, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2018 UMG Recordings, Inc.

7
Who Is He
00:03:43

Don Was, Producer - Nate Smith, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Bill Withers, ComposerLyricist - Pino Palladino, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Ed Cherney, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Pete Min, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ivy Skoff, Production Coordinator, StudioPersonnel - Jose James, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Stanley McKenney, ComposerLyricist - Brian Bender, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Takuya Kuroda, Trumpet, Horn Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Corey King, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Kris Bowers, Hammond B3, AssociatedPerformer - Brad Allen Williams, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Todd Carder, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jeff Fitzpatrick, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ian Sefchick, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2018 UMG Recordings, Inc.

8
Hello Like Before
00:06:26

Don Was, Producer - Nate Smith, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Lenny Castro, Conga, AssociatedPerformer - Bill Withers, ComposerLyricist - Pino Palladino, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Ed Cherney, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - John Collins, ComposerLyricist - Pete Min, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ivy Skoff, Production Coordinator, StudioPersonnel - Jose James, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Brian Bender, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Rouble Kapoor, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Kris Bowers, Piano, Rhodes , AssociatedPerformer - Brad Allen Williams, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Todd Carder, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jeff Fitzpatrick, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ian Sefchick, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Monique Evelyn, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2018 UMG Recordings, Inc.

9
Just The Two of Us
00:04:24

William Salter, ComposerLyricist - Ralph MacDonald, ComposerLyricist - Don Was, Producer - Nate Smith, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Lenny Castro, Shaker, Conga, AssociatedPerformer - Bill Withers, ComposerLyricist - Pino Palladino, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Ed Cherney, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Pete Min, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ivy Skoff, Production Coordinator, StudioPersonnel - Jose James, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Marcus Strickland, Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Brian Bender, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Rouble Kapoor, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Takuya Kuroda, Trumpet, Horn Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Corey King, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Kris Bowers, Rhodes , AssociatedPerformer - Ben Kane, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Brad Allen Williams, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Todd Carder, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jeff Fitzpatrick, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ian Sefchick, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jaclyn Sanchez, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Monique Evelyn, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2018 UMG Recordings, Inc.

10
Hope She'll Be Happier
00:04:49

Don Was, Producer - Nate Smith, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Bill Withers, ComposerLyricist - Pino Palladino, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Ed Cherney, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Pete Min, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ivy Skoff, Production Coordinator, StudioPersonnel - Jose James, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Brian Bender, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Kris Bowers, Hammond B3, AssociatedPerformer - Brad Allen Williams, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Todd Carder, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jeff Fitzpatrick, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ian Sefchick, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2018 UMG Recordings, Inc.

11
The Same Love That Made Me Laugh
00:03:18

Don Was, Producer - Nate Smith, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Lenny Castro, Conga, AssociatedPerformer - Bill Withers, ComposerLyricist - Pino Palladino, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Ed Cherney, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Pete Min, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ivy Skoff, Production Coordinator, StudioPersonnel - Jose James, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Brian Bender, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Rouble Kapoor, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Kris Bowers, Rhodes , AssociatedPerformer - Brad Allen Williams, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Todd Carder, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jeff Fitzpatrick, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ian Sefchick, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Monique Evelyn, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2018 UMG Recordings, Inc.

12
Better Off Dead
00:04:49

Don Was, Producer - Nate Smith, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Lenny Castro, Conga, AssociatedPerformer - Bill Withers, ComposerLyricist - Pino Palladino, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Ed Cherney, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Pete Min, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ivy Skoff, Production Coordinator, StudioPersonnel - Jose James, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Brian Bender, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Rouble Kapoor, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Kris Bowers, Piano, Hammond B3, AssociatedPerformer - Brad Allen Williams, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Todd Carder, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jeff Fitzpatrick, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ian Sefchick, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Monique Evelyn, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2018 UMG Recordings, Inc.

Album Description

Jose James is bringing back the great soul music of the sixties. With Lean On Me, his fifth album on the label Blue Note, the singer from Minneapolis pays tribute to Bill Withers. This album reiterates the influence that the big names of mythical jazz and soul have had on the artist, who sang the tracks of a certain Billie Holiday back in 2015… Despite the many musical paths he could’ve taken, James remains a faithful servant to the masters of soul, doing his duty of remembrance through his covers. Recorded in Capitol Records’ famous Studio B, he surrounded himself with big names: Pino Palladino on bass, Brad Allen Williams on the guitar, Kris Bowers on keyboard and Nate Smith on drums, a dream team with whom the soul man lays himself bare. With vintage groove and power, his warm voice evokes a bygone era and blends erotically with the piano chords of Lean On Me. Lovely Day’s funky soul doesn’t phase him either, but if there’s an area in which he truly excels, it’s on the sugary and slightly acoustic southern soul track: Hello Like Before. Watch out for hot flushes! Switching between tradition and modernity, each track is a surprise. Whether it’s brilliant musical improvisation you’re looking for (Just The Two of Us) or full funk (Better Off Dead) − here’s a guru who can hypnotise you in just a few seconds! © Anna Coluthe/Qobuz

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