Says Nelson, “These songs, heard this way with this group—that’s never been done before. Whatever I’m doing, if you put Wynton and these guys around it, that brings it up to a different level.” Among the other tracks featured in the set are Nelson’s own “Rainy Day Blues” and renditions of Spencer Williams’s “Basin Street Blues” and Clarence Williams’s “My Bucket’s Got a Hole In It.” That one features an exuberant arrangement redolent of New Orleans brass bands, with an extended percussion break and great vocal repartee between Nelson and Marsalis. The group climaxes the set with the high-spirited gospel groove of “That’s All.” Judging by all the exuberant hoots and hollers from the crowd, the band was truly testifying; listeners at home should feel free to join in, as long as the neighbors won’t mind.
|Label:||Blue Note Records|
Performance CreditsWillie Nelson Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Wynton Marsalis Primary Artist,Trumpet,Vocals
Mickey Raphael Harmonica
Walter Blanding Saxophone
Carlos Henríquez Bass,Upright Bass
Ali Muhammed Jackson Drums
Dan Nimmer Piano
Technical CreditsWillie Nelson Composer
Merle Travis Composer
Walt Breeland Composer
Clarence Williams Composer
Spencer Williams Composer
Carla Leighton Art Direction
Fleecie Moore Composer
Rob Macomber Engineer
Mark Rothbaum Executive Producer
John Mark Harris Engineer
Jeff Jones Remixing
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I must disagree somewhat with the AMG reviewer. While it is hard to fault individual songs, the project could have used a few more than the two up-tempo numbers it contains. Willie has one of the jazzier guitar styles in popular music. However, he seems to keep it under wraps here and that also nudges the proceedings toward the bland. I am happy to own it but I can't give it 4 or 5 stars.
I am a Willie Nelson fan so this of course is just my opinion. I love this cd. I like Winton and figured with Willie it should be good. I was not disappointed.