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James, Jose / Lean On Me
Album:Lean On Me Collection:General
Artist:James, Jose Added:07/2019
Label:Blue Note Records 

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Add Date:2019-07-23 Pull Date:2019-09-24 
Week Ending:8 Sep25 Aug28 Jul
Airplays:111

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Album Review
Be Sharp
Reviewed 2019-07-07 
OLD-SCHOOL R&B/SOUL

Straight-forward and faithful covers of a dozen songs by Bill Withers. Many of these tunes are quite well known; big hits mainly from the 1970s. Jose James has a good, strong singing voice, and the record is full of strong performances throughout, well worth a spin. But it’s no real improvement on the originals. (Do go listen to Bill Withers right away if you haven’t.) Accompanied by guitar, bass & drums, horns, keys.

No FCC issues

1 Mid-slow. Gentle & soulful. Nice, jazzy bridge on electric piano. (3:18)
2 Slow; actually a bit plodding. ‘comped by organ, piano, bass & drums. (4:13)
3 * Mid-tempo. Excellent male-female vocal duet. Kind of jazzy. (4:17)
4 Mid-slow, stately. Good vocal. Nice piano bridge. (5:00)
5 ** Mid-tempo. Funky instrumental opening. This one would work well on a jazz program. Good accompaniment including a cool flute solo. Bouncy & fun. (5:35)
6 * Mid-tempo. Syncopated. Good vocal. Organ, drum, and horns accompany. (4:43)
7 Mid-slow. Dark & sinister. Singer accuses his woman of cheating. A bit dull. (3:45)
8 Slow. Mellow, quiet ballad. Minimal guitar & drum. (6:29)
9 Mid-tempo. Smooth jazz including too-typical sax solo. Too smooth. Yuck. (4:26)
10 Very slow. Sad ex-love (breakup) song. (4:52)
11 Mid-tempo. Soulful singing. Funky accompaniment by full band. (3:21)
12 * Mid-tempo. Bitter, post-breakup song, but funky and groovy. Cool organ solo. (4:50)

Track Listing
1.Ain't No Sunshine 7.Who Is He
2.Grandma's Hands 8.Hello Like Before
3.Lovely Day 9.Just The Two Of Us
4.Lean On Me 10.Hope She'll Be Happier
5.Kissing My Love 11.The Same Love That Made Me Laugh
6.Use Me 12.Better Off Dead