Big And Small
Former Squeeze keyboardist-turned-talk show host Jools Holland this week releases a second star-studded album of guests fronting his band. "Small World Big Band Volume Two: More Friends" (Rhino) features the talents of such diverse performers as Bono, Norah Jones, Dionne Warwick, Ray Davies, Robert Plant, and Huey of the Fun Lovin' Criminals across its 22 tracks.
Backed by Holland's band, Grammy queen Jones offers "In the Dark," while Bono pulls out the heartfelt U2 number "If You Wear That Velvet Dress." Veteran Welsh superstar Tom Jones turns out "Don't You Kiss My Cheek," and the Stereophonics join Holland to tackle the classic "First Time Ever I Saw Your Face."
Others who contribute to the upcoming album are Jeff Beck, the Blind Boys Of Alabama, Badly Drawn Boy, Bryan Ferry, Edwin Starr, Chrissie Hynde, Marianne Faithfull, Sam Moore, Beverley Knight, Ruby Turner, George Benson, and Jimmy Cliff. The set follows last year's "Big Band Rhythm & Blues," which featured the likes of the late George Harrison, Eric Clapton, Sting, and David Gilmour, among others.