The Breeze: An Appreciation of J.J. Cale

The Breeze: An Appreciation of J.J. Cale

by Eric ClaptonEric Clapton


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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 a laid-back, pristine roots groove -- 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.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/29/2014
Label: Bushbranch / Surfdog
UPC: 0822685540844
catalogNumber: 55408
Rank: 6343

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Eric Clapton   Primary Artist,Dobro,Guitar,Vocals
Willie Nelson   Guitar,Vocals
Albert Lee   Guitar
David Lindley   Guitar
Tom Petty   Vocals
Jim Keltner   Drums
Robert Knight   Group Member
Mickey Raphael   Harmonica
Simon Climie   Percussion,Piano,Hammond Organ,Background Vocals,Wurlitzer
James Cruce   Drums
Nathan East   Bass
Tim Jackson   Group Member
Jim Karstein   Drums,Group Member
Mark Knopfler   Guitar,Vocals
Christine Lakeland   Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
Jimmy Markham   Harmonica
Jamie Oldaker   Drums
Don Preston   Guitar
Walt Richmond   Piano,Hammond Organ,Wurlitzer
David Teegarden   Drums
Derek Trucks   Guitar
Sharon White   Background Vocals
Reggie Young   Guitar
Doyle Bramhall   Guitar
Mike Kappus   Group Member
John Mayer   Guitar,Vocals
Don White   Guitar,Vocals
Michelle John   Background Vocals
Nick Maroudias   Group Member
Gaylord Herron   Group Member
Satnam Oldaker   Tabla

Technical Credits

Ray Price   Composer
J.J. Cale   Composer
Buddy Cannon   Additional Production
Eric Clapton   Producer
Simon Climie   Producer,drum programming
Christine Lakeland   Composer
Walt Richmond   Composer
Ryan Ulyate   Engineer
Michael Putland   Cover Image
Tony Castle   Engineer
Rusty Gabbard   Composer
Yoshiyuki Sadamoto   Cover Illustration
Catherine Roylance   Art Direction
Bobby Tis   Engineer
Alan Douglas   Engineer

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