Tom Jones And Jools Holland

Old goats of British R&B lock horns

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The prospect of Jones The Voice jamming with Jools The Hands is not a happy one. Containing 19 vintage blues, soul and early rock’n’roll standards, this album certainly makes for a depressingly conservative period piece. But it’s also clearly a labour of love, raw in execution and pleasingly free of marketing gloss. Holland’s boogie-woogie piano playing is an acquired taste, to put it midly, but at least he is on punchy form here. And when Jones strays into lusty gospel-soul with “Who Will The Next Fool Be?”, he still sounds magnificent.

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