Rickie Lee Jones
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Type of music generally:
Individual blend of folk/pop/rock with blues, jazz, and r&b influences
Most recent release, The Other Side Of Desire (2015)
The Official Rickie Lee Jones site
Wikipedia's entry for Rickie Lee Jones
Influences include Carole King, Laura Nyro, Tom Waits—I think Suzanne Vega has been influenced by her, among many others. (JoAnn Whetsell)
Mostly own, some co-written and covers
Rickie is wonderful, and I'm glad to see someone else out there getting a special warm and fuzzy feeling from her music! (I_SW@zis.ziff.com)
I was introduced to Rickie Lee Jones in high school by a teacher. I dubbed a copy of her debut album from a tape he had dubbed from a record player or something, so it had terrible sound, but I loved (still love) that album. All the different moods. Some really fun songs, some really sentimental. And everything in between. And that's what I still love about her. All the different styles and moods she incorporates into her music, her hard-to-describe voice that is sometimes so sweet and sometimes so harsh. I now have most of her albums now, and I love them all. She's great anytime, but especially on quiet evenings and rainy days. (JoAnn Whetsell)
Comments about live performance:
Rickie Lee's set was rather surprising too. I'm not a big fan, but apparently she played songs spanning her entire career excluding —, the only disc that I have. Kind of odd that she wasn't promoting that, but I guess leading a trio of herself on guitar/piano, an upright bassist, and another guitar/accordion player, didn't lend themselves to the—material. I liked hearing the songs with the heavy piano parts, but was happy when she donned a guitar instead, since she was completely invisible behind the Birchmere's baby grand. Not much of a talker, but a very expressive singer. She brought to mind a lot of other people throughout her show. The weirdest was that her first number really put Lisa Germano in my mind. It had the same twisted phrasing and kind of flat delivery. And she had one song about monks full of sexual imagery that was ripped straight from the Leonard Cohen songbook. The show was incredibly well received, but despite an amazingly long period of screaming, cheering and applauding, she never came back for an encore. Seems like I should check out more of her music sometime. (neal)
Recommended first album:
The Magazine. (Dirk.Kastens@rz.Uni-Osnabrueck.DE)
I think Pirates is her best album, but Flying Cowboys may be a more mainstream introduction. (JoAnn Whetsell)
I have to suggest Pirates, her second release. It is as impressive sonically as it is musically. The vocal harmonies rival anything Joni Mitchell has done, especially on "We Belong Together". A most wonderfully crafted album. (JavaHo@aol.com)
Rickie Lee Jones—vocals, guitars, keyboards, percussion, horn arrangements
Steve Gadd, Andy Newmark, Jeffrey Porcaro—drums
Mark Stevens—drums, percussion
Victor Feldman—drums, percussion, keyboards
Willie Weeks—fender bass
Fred Tackett—guitars, mandolin
Neil Larsen, Randy Kerber, Ralph Grierson, Mac Rebennack—keyboards
Randy Newman, Michael "Bobby" Boddicker—synthesizer
Tom Scott, Chuck Findley, Ernie Watts—horns
Nick DeCaro—accordion, orchestral arrangements on "After Hours," "On Saturday Afternoons in 1963," and "Night Train"
Johnny Mandel—orchestral arrangements on "Coolsville" and "Company"
Arno Lucas, Leslie Smith, Joe Turano, Matthew Wiener, Michael McDonald—background vocals
Lenny Waronker and Russ Titelman
A strange and wonderful album. So many different styles. Some slow, contemplative songs like "Company" and "After Hours" and "On Saturday Afternoons in 1963," then some upbeat songs like "Last Chance Texaco" and "Young Blood," bluesy/jazzy songs like "Easy Money," "Coolsville," and "Weasel and the White Boys Cool," and simply fun songs like "Chuck E.'s in Love." An eclectic mix, an engaging debut from a singer who fortunately kept her individualism through her later albums too. (JoAnn Whetsell)
1981—Warner Bros. Records—3432-2
Rickie Lee Jones—vocals, keyboards, synthesizers
Steve Gadd—drums on "Pirates" and "We Belong Together," boxes and thighs on "Woody and Dutch"
Art Rodriguez—drums on "Living It Up," "A Lucky Guy," and "Traces of the Western Slopes"
Buzzy Feiten, Dean Parks, Steve Lukather—guitar
David Kalish—guitar on "Woody and Dutch"
Neil Larsen, Russell Ferrante, Clarence McDonald—keyboards
Randy Kerber—keyboards on "Skeletons" and "The Returns"
Lenny Castro, Victor Feldman—percussion
Donald Fagen, Rob Mounsey—synthesizers on "Pirates"
Randy Brecker—trumpet and flugelhorn on "Pirates" and "Woody and Dutch"
David Sanborn—alto sax on "Pirates" and "Woody and Dutch"
Tom Scott—tenor & baritone sax on "Pirates" and "Woody and Dutch"
Sal Bernardi—harmonica on "Pirates" and "Traces of the Western Slopes", vocals
Jerry Hey—trumpet and flugelhorn on "Traces of the Western Slopes"
Arno Lucas, Leslie Smith, Joe Turano—background vocals on "Woody and Dutch"
Ralph Burns—orchestral arrangements on "Skeletons" and "The Returns"
Nick DeCaro—orchestral arrangements on "Living It Up"
Russ Titelman and Lenny Waronker
When I was 15, I went on a school trip to NYC, and we stayed in the apartment of a friend of the teachers' (mind you, this was an *alternative* junior high school). He had an extensive record collection, among which were Hejira by Joni Mitchell, and the then new Rickie Lee Jones lp, Pirates. He played them for me. Pirates was cinematically orchestrated, with jazz and showtune flourishes, filled with stunning cityscapes and short-story characters (mostly losers and drifters) with Jones' burnished voice describing the tableaux. Jones' work was phantasmorgic, hallucinogenic, with the line between reality and literary (poetic) artifice intentionally blurred. Both albums are cornerstones of my tastes and sensibilities. (email@example.com)
Do albums get more perfect? Some of her best songs here like "Skeletons" and "Living It Up." My favorite thing about it though (and her other work too) is the textures of sound, particularly vocal harmonies and the non-lyric vocalizations that are just like beautiful broad strokes of sound paint. Absolutely essential for fans and any admirers. (JoAnn.Whetsell)
Out of print and hard to find—only released on vinyl and cassette
Recommended for Rickie Lee Jones fans and/or fans of jazz and pop standards
Rickie Lee Jones—vocals, piano, synthesizer
Michael Ruff—Fender Rhodes
Neil Larsen—Fender Rhodes
Mike Ruff—vocals, synthesizer
Victor Feldman—percussion, marimba
Lenny Castro—congras, triple scale
Leslie Smith, Arno Lucas, Sal Bernardi—vocals
Rickie Lee Jones
Note: cassette includes one bonus song not available on the vinyl album. Includes her live versions of "Lush Life", "Walk Away Rene", "My Funny Valentine", "Under The Boardwalk".....
Rickie Lee Jones—piano, voices, synthesizers, GS-1 digital synthesizer, arrangements on "The Weird Beast"
James Newton Howard—synthesizers, string arrangements on "Prelude to Gravity" and "Magazine", horn arrangements on "Juke Box Fury"
Marty Paich—string arrangements and conducting on "Prelude to Gravity"
Greg Phillinganes—fender rhodes
Michael Boddicker—additional programming on "Gravity", additional synthesizers on "Runaround"
Neil Larsen—DX-7, organ, wurlitzer
Jerry Hey—horn arrangements on "Juke Box Fury" and "The Real End"
Jeffrey Pevar—guitar, 12-string guitar, mandolin
Sal Bernardi—co-composer of and vocals and acoustic guitar on "Rorschachs"
Nick DeCaro—accordion on "Rorschachs"
Rickie Lee Jones & James Newton Howard ("Rorschachs" produced by Rickie Lee Jones)
Very atmospheric album with sparse instrumentation. (Dirk.Kastens@rz.Uni-Osnabrueck.DE)
Rickie Lee Jones—string synthesizer, keyboards, steel drum, synthesizer, guitar, acoustic guitar, drum program on "Don't Let the Sun Catch You Crying," all instruments on "Rodeo Girl," vocals
Buzz Feiten—electric guitar, acoustic nylon string guitar
Dean Parks—electric guitar, acoustic guitar, acoustic steel string guitar, guitar
William "Smitty" Smith—organ
Ed Alton—acoustic bass
Chris Dickie—drum program on "Rodeo Girl"
Walter Becker—synthesizer, bass
Bob Sheppard—sax, tenor saxophone
Jim Keltner—drum machine effects on "Ghost Train"
Michael Bernard—programmer on "Ghost Train," programmer for strings on "Don't Let the Sun Catch You Crying," keyboard program on "Atlas' Marker"
Pascal Nabet-Meyer—synthesizer, percussion, keyboard program on "Atlas' Marker"
Sal Bernardi—electric guitar, background vocals
Marty Krystall—english horn, clarinet, tenor saxophone
Paulinho da Costa—percussion
Greg Mathieson—hammond b-3
Michael Boddicker—string synthesizer
Michael Ruff, Kevin Dorsey, The Waters, Leslie Smith, Vonda Shepard—background vocals
Walter Becker (Gary Gersh, executive producer)
Very atmospheric album with sparse instrumentation. (Dirk.Kastens@rz.Uni-Osnabrueck.DE)
I've been positively addicted to this album since I got it a few weeks ago. I love the songs "Horses" and "Flying Cowboys" in these original versions as much as their later incarnations on Naked Songs where I first heard them. And "Satellites" may be my favorite song of hers ever. It's just about up there with "Pirates" as a stunning piece of work. (JoAnn Whetsell)
Recommended, especially for fans
Rickie Lee Jones—vocals, 6- and 12-string acoustic guitar on "Comin' Back To Me," vocal arrangements on "I Won't Grow Up," horn arrangements on "Love Junkyard"
Robben Ford—acoustic nylon string guitar, acoustic steel string guitar, acoustic guitar
Michael O'Neill—acoustic nylon string guitar
Walfredo Reyes—snare, bongos, brushes, shaker
Bob Sheppard—clarinet, tenor saxophone
Michael Greiner—hurdygurdy, glass harmonica
David Was—background vocals on "Dat Dere," bottles and junk on "Love Junkyard"
Terry Bradford, Donny Gerrard—background vocals on "I Won't Grow Up"
April Gay, Arnold McCuller—background vocals on "Love Junkyard"
Rickie Lee Jones and David Was (Pascal Nabet, executive producer)
Well, not as good as her original work, but I like this album of covers more and more each time I listen to it. Particularly "Dat Dere" and "I Won't Grow Up." I don't think it will convert anyone into a Rickie Lee fan, but fans will probably enjoy it. (JoAnn Whetsell)
Rickie Lee Jones—acoustic guitar, mandolin, keyboards, bowed dulcimer, vocals
John Leftwich—bass, cello, acoustic guitar on "Tigers," vocals on "Running From Mercy" and "Stewart's Coat"
Sal Bernardi—acoustic guitar, vocals
Leo Kottke—six string, twelve string, and slide acoustic guitar, vocals
David Hidalgo—eight string electric guitar and vocals on "Beat Angels"
Brian Setzer—electric guitar on "Rebel Rebel," vocals on "Rebel Rebel" and "Beat Angels"
Dean Parks—electric guitar on "Tigers"
David Baerwald—electric guitar and vocals on "The Albatross"
Alex Acuna—drums and congas on "Tigers"
Brad Dutz—percussion, marimba, tarkas, bodhran, udu, mixing bowls and that's Brad on the floor in "Rebel Rebel"
Efrain Toro—percussion on "Pink Flamingos" and "Stewart's Coat"
Doug Lyons—french horn
Lyle Lovett—vocals on "Running From Mercy"
Syd Straw—vocals on "Rebel Rebel" and "Beat Angels"
Rickie Lee Jones
Talk about an erratic career! Every album seems to start a new phase, but the next one snubs it. No lyrics printed on the sleeve, but that's ok, because this time she doesn't slur her words! "Stewart's Coat," and "Tigers" are the highlights for me. (I_SW@zis.ziff.com)
I can't believe I wasn't a fan when she was *really* popular! (Riphug@aol.com)
Rickie Lee Jones—vocals, instruments
Rob Wasserman—bass on "Chuck E.'s In Love" and "Autumn Leaves"
Russ Titelman and Rickie Lee Jones
I think it's a really good album. Granted, the only studio album of hers I've heard is the self-titled one, which I love. "Last Chance Texaco" IS a great song. So I can't compare the live to the originals for most of the songs, but it's a great, pretty laid-back, mellow album. I think it's pretty much piano and acoustic guitar. No back-up singers; and it's definitely not over-instrumentalized. It's pretty minimal. Not that there's anything missing; more that there's nothing there that's not needed. And Rickie's voice isn't perfect. You can hear her strain sometimes. It's not irritating; just human. I absolutely love "Skeletons". So yes, it's recommended. Highly recommended. (JoAnn Whetsell)
Out of print
Rickie Lee Jones—vocals, Taylor, Gibson L4, Gibson Mutt, Baby Bruno, Kay, Solid and hollow body Epiphone guitars, Kay bass, sleigh bells, drums, bowed dulcimer, 20kalimba, wurlitzer, rhodes, mpc-60, juno106, jx-8p, dx1000, wire recorder, piano
Rick Boston—same instruments as those played by Rickie Lee Jones, plus loops and programming
Boss Doctor—additional programming
Lee Cantelon—backwards guitar
Robert Devery—rhythm/Korg Trinity
Carol Es—live drums
Josh Friese—live drums
Janeen Rae Heller—saw
Jay Lane—foot trunk/cymbals
John Leftwich—upright bass
Ronnie Siago—live drums
David Zeller—sheet metal
Rickie Lee Jones and Rick Boston
I am in love with the new Rickie Lee Jones, Ghostyhead...so cool, trip-hop folk-stoney.... trip-hopping-stoned-funny-dream-poems! She really took some chances, instead of just putting one out which all her loyals would have bought anyway, she jumped out into left field and hip-hop stony-walked her ways somewhere new. Not all works, some really do! Check it out. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
I really like this too. I think she's up there with Jane Siberry for most drastic changes in musical approach.... The trip-hop thing really works for her too. A friend I played it for said it reminded her of Tricky. (email@example.com)
Another good one. I hope it grows on me more. I like it but haven't been caught by any particular song yet. I am amazed, however, that her voice works so well with the music. Who'd a thunk it? (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Trip-hop poetry from the beat generation? What's going on here? Whatever it is, it's beautiful and haunting. (email@example.com)
have to digest this new direction still, erm i am sure i missing something but ah well. you get the point. a triphop sounding album, with her sort of reciting/singing poetry on top of that. personally i don't listen to it that much, but it is kinda fun. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Does anyone know what Rickie Lee Jones has been up to lately? Can we expect a return-to-form album soon after her 1997 miss-step Ghostyhead? Okay, okay, so Ghostyhead is definitely a bold creative effort by Rickie Lee, but there's just nothing you can sing along to like on her earlier stuff. You just kind of sit there and listen to it and fall into a trance, which I guess is kind of cool. (email@example.com)
I loved this album! I'm hoping for more like that one. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Vast majority of her fans didn't get it and the company pulled it after a very short run. I was knocked out by it for a month or so, obsessed with it for a year and now just plain love it. Lyrically her most intense album and musically, very experimental. I think some of the trip-hop elements turned a lot of people off, but I thought she uses these elements in such an organic way, that it worked really well. The concerts on this tour were incredible and this material was played much more aggressively. When more of her longtime fans eventually widen their musical perspectives, this will be looked back on as her lost masterpiece. (ABershaw@aol.com)
2000—Artemis Records—EK 91429
Rickie Lee Jones—vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, organ
Richard Davis, Paul Nowinski, Michael Elizondo—acoustic bass
John Pizzarelli—acoustic guitar
Carl Allen, Peter Erskine, Rick Marotta—drums
Joe Jackson—piano on tracks 1, 3, and 11, vocal on tracks 1 and 11
Taj Mahal, Dan Hicks—singing on "Up a Lazy River"
Ben Folds—piano on track 5, singing on "Up a Lazy River
Rickie Lee Jones and Bruce Brody
It's a general rule that I like covers better when I don't know the original songs. This is probably part of the reason I like Holly Cole and Shawn Colvin's "Cover Girl" albums so much. And part of why this new RLJ album works (mostly) for me. I've only heard "Smile," "On the Street Where You Live," and "Someone to Watch Over Me," before, and these are my least favorite tracks. But most of the other tracks are great. And I think this is a better album overall than her previous cover album, Pop Pop. Some of her forays into jazz are a little much for me, but "For No One" is really lovely, especially with Joe Jackson's piano, "Up a Lazy River" is fun, "One Hand, One Heart" is beautiful, and "Show Biz Kids," "Trouble Man," and "Low Spark of High Heeled Boys" are so good, I could swear they were Rickie's own songs. So it's not a perfect album, but it does have a lot of gems, and RLJ fans should definitely pick it up. (JoAnn Whetsell)
(Comes with bonus live disc at Borders, by the way.) Loving it right away! Song NP: her cover of Traffic's "Low Spark of High Heeled Boys." (ABershaw@aol.com)
2001—Artemis Records/Epic—EK 91586
Recommended for fans
Rickie Lee Jones—vocals, piano, 6 & 12 string guitar, electric guitar on "Gloria"
Lyle Lovett—vocals on "Love Is Gonna Bring Us Back Alive"
Sal Bernardi—electric guitar, accordion, harmonica, vocals
Jeff Daniel—keyboard, vocals
Wayne Johnson—acoustic guitar, mandolin
John Leftwich—bass, vocals
Michael Stewart—trumpet, keyboards
Ron Powell—percussion, vibes
Rickie Lee Jones and Great Big Island
I was hoping for more from this album. I love the live acoustic album Naked Songs and if you don't have any live Rickie Lee Jones albums, I would start with that one. That album also has a greater diversity of songs; half of the songs on Live at Red Rocks are from Flying Cowboys. That alone doesn't bother me since Flying Cowboys is one of my very favorite albums of hers, and probably of all time. But these live versions don't really do anything for me. I don't dislike it, but it doesn't pop into my player. I do like the cover of "Gloria" at the end. (JoAnn Whetsell)
Rickie Lee Jones—rhythm guitar, electric guitar, electric keyboard, acoustic guitar, wah wah guitars, electric guitar (wah wah, sitar, slide acoustic), percussion (venetian blinds and blue jeans), electric piano, bowed dulcimer, tambourine, percussion, piano, nylon guitar, keyboards, vocals
Kenny Wollesen—drums, percussion
Bill Frisell—electric guitar
Neil Larson—piano, organ, electric piano, keyboards
Jerry Hey—trumpet, flugelhorn
Dan Higgins—tenor sax, flute, sax
James Gadson—drums, vocals
David Kalish—electric guitar, additional wah wah guitar, dobro guitar, acoustic guitar
Jeff Dellisanti—sax, bass clarinet
Grant Lee Phillips—vocals
Duke the Dog—chewing rubber toy
Sal Bernardi—harmonica, vocals, electric guitar
Greg Phillinganes—vocals, piano, organ
David Hidalgo—acoustic guitar
John Doan—26 string harp guitar
Craig Eastman—violin, mandolin
Phil Feather—English horn
Blair Aaronson—string orchestration
Nels Kline—electric guitar, slide guitar
Phillip Cordaro—acoustic guitar
Chris Joyner—wurlitzer piano
Rickie Lee Jones and David Kalish
Any album that starts out with a song calling G. W. B. an Ugly Man is tops on my list. An excellent jazz arrangement on that song by the way. She's in fine form on this album. My favorite since Pop Pop. Her voice is in terrific shape. And her songwriting on this one is some of her best. I'm hoping that she'll do a Welcome Home concert at one of the local venues when she returns home from touring behind this album. (email@example.com)
I was a little concerned about how I would like The Evening of My Best Day. Because of all the coverage of RLJ's political passion, I wondered if the music would be drowned under the weight of politics and good intentions, as sometimes happens. But one listen was all it took for me to recognize my fears were unfounded. True, "Tell Somebody (Repeal the Patriot Act)" is, in my opinion, the weakest song on the album, speaking purely musically. But there are a lot of gems here. I can hear the resemblance in some songs to her covers on It's Like This. Much of this album is musically in that direction, quite jazzy. It's great to have new music by Rickie, and even better that it's one of the best albums she's ever made. (JoAnn Whetsell)
2005—Rhino Records—R2 79715
Recommended for fans
Rickie Lee Jones—keyboards, guitar, acoustic guitar, electric & nylon guitars, wah wah guitar, rhythm guitar, Taylor, Gibson L4, Gibson Mutt, Baby Bruno, Kay, solid and hollow body Epiphone guitars, synthesizers, piano, mandolin, bowed dulcimer, Kay bass, sleigh bells, drums, kalimba, Wurlitzer, Rhodes, MPC-60, Juno106, JX-8P, DX1000, wire recorder, percussion, horn & vocal arrangements, vocals, background vocals
Neil Larsen—keyboards; electric piano on "Bitchenostrophy" and "Sailor Song"; piano on "Ugly Man"
Randy Kerber, Ralph Grierson, Mac Rebennack, Russell Ferrante, Clarence McDonald, Greg Phillinganes—keyboard
Randy Newman, Michael Boddicker, Donald Fagen, Rob Mounsey, Pascal Nabet-Meyer—synthesizers
Nick DeCaro—accordion; orchestral arrangements on "On Saturday Afternoons in 1963" and "Living It Up"; string arrangement on "My Funny Valentine"
Buzzy Feiten—guitar, acoustic guitar
Fred Tackett—guitar, mandolin
Willie Weeks—Fender bass
Red Callender, Chuck Rainey, David Hungate, Neil Stubenhaus—bass
Steve Gadd, Andy Newmark, Mark Stevens, Jeffrey Porcaro, Art Rodriquez, John Robinson, Peter Erskine—drums
Victor Feldman—percussion, keyboards
Tom Scott, Chuck Findley, Ernie Watts—horns
Arno Lucas, Leslie Smith, Joe Turano, Matthew Wiener, Michael McDonald, Kevin Dorsey—background vocals
Johnny Mandel—orchestral arrangement on "Coolsville"
Dean Parks—guitar, acoustic guitar, electric guitar on "Tigers"
Steve Lukather, Jeffrey Pavar—guitar
David Kalish—guitar; electric guitar on "A Tree on Allenford"; acoustic guitar on "Sailor Song"
Lenny Castro, Bob Zimmiti—percussion
Sal Bernardi—harmonica; vocals on "Living It Up," "Stewart's Coat," and "A Tree on Allenford"; electric guitar, acoustic guitar, background vocal
Randy Brecker—trumpet & flugelhorn
Jerry Hey—trumpet & flugelhorn
David Sanborn—alto sax
Tom Scott—tenor & baritone sax
Ralph Burns—orchestral arrangement on "Skeletons;" horn arrangement on "Makin' Whoopee!"
Michael Ruff—piano on "My Funny Valentine"; background vocals
James Newton Howard—synthesizers; string arrangements and conducting
Dr. John—vocals, keyboards on "Makin' Whoopee!"
Larry Williams—synthesizer on "Makin' Whoopee!"
Paul Jackson—acoustic guitar on "Makin' Whoopee!"
Abe Laboriel—bass on "Makin' Whoopee!"
Harvey Mason—drums on "Makin' Whoopee!"
Walter Becker—synthesizer, bass
Jim Keltner—drum machine effects, drums
Marty Krystall—English horn & clarinet
Robben Ford, Michael O'Neill, John Pizzarelli—acoustic guitar
John Leftwich—bass, cello; acoustic guitar on "Tigers"; vocals on "Stewart's Coat"
Leo Kottke—six string, twelve string and slide acoustic guitar
David Hidalgo—eight string electric guitar and vocals on "Beat Angels"; acoustic guitar on "Sailor Song"
Alex Acuna—drums & congas on "Tigers"
Brad Dutz—percussion, marimba, tarkas, bodhran, udu, mixing bowls
Efrain Toro—percussion on "Stewart's Coat"
Doug Lyons—French horn
Brian Setzer—vocals on "Beat Angels"
Syd Straw—vocals on "Beat Angels"
Rick Boston—Taylor, Gibson L4, Gibson Mutt, Baby Bruno, Kay, solid and hollow body Epiphone guitars, Kay bass, sleigh bells, drums, bowed dulcimer, kalimba, Wurlitzer, Rhodes, MPC-60, Juno106, JX-8P, DX1000, wire recorder, piano, loops & programming
Gerry Sutyak—cello on "Firewalker"
Jay Lane—foot trunk & cymbals on "Firewalker"
Carol Es—live drums on "Firewalker"
Robert Devery—additional programming, Boss Doctor, Rhythm & Korg Trinity
Paul Nowinski—acoustic bass
Rene Camacho—bass on "A Tree on Allenford" and "Sailor Song"
Phil Feather—English horn on "A Tree on Allenford"
Martin Tillman—cello on "A Tree on Allenford"
Jeff Dellisanti—bass clarinet on "A Tree on Allenford"
Grant Lee Phillips—vocals on "A Tree on Allenford" and "Bitchenostrophy"
Cindy Wasserman—vocals on "A Tree on Allenford"
Bill Frisell—electric guitar on "Bitchenostrophy," "Ugly Man," and "Atlas' Marker (The Aviator) (live)"
Tony Scherr—bass on "Bitchenostrophy," "Ugly Man," and "Atlas' Marker (The Aviator) (live)"
Kenny Wollesen—drums, percussion on "Bitchenostrophy"; drums on "Ugly Man" and "Atlas' Marker (The Aviator) (live)"
Dan Higgins—flute on "Bitchenostrophy"; tenor sax on "Ugly Man"
John Doan—26 string harp guitar on "Sailor Song"
Cougar Estrada—drums on "Sailor Song"
Craig Eastman—violin, mandolin on "Sailor Song"
Gary Grant—trumpet on "Ugly Man"
Bill Reichenbach—trombone on "Ugly Man"
Eric Benet—vocals on "Ugly Man"
Rob Wasserman—acoustic bass on "Autumn Leaves"
Original recordings produced by Lenny Waronker, Russ Titelman, Rickie Lee Jones, James Newton Howard, Tommy LiPuma, Walter Becker, David Was, Rick Boston, David Kalish & Steve Berlin; Compilation produced by Rickie Lee Jones & Karen Ahmed
The Duchess of Coolsville is a sprawling 3-disc anthology spanning Rickie Lee's first 26 years of music. Discs 1 and 2 present 33 songs in alphabetical order. It's an odd way to listen. Given the many different styles that Rickie has worked in over the years, I think a chronological retrospective would not be the most interesting way of listening to her songs, either. But pure alphabetization provides little context for the songs or for her overall career.
Disc 3, which includes collaborations, covers, live tracks, and demos, is the most interesting and rewarding for fans. It really gives a good sense of the wide variety of music Rickie has made over the years. (JoAnn Whetsell)
2007—New West Records—NW6108 & NW6112 (limited edition)
Rickie Lee Jones—vocals, percussion, Moog synthesizer, keyboard, toy xylophone, finger cymbals, Wurlitzer, bowed dulcimer, tambourine, dulcimer, electric piano, electric bass
Peter Atanasoff—guitars, oud, background vocals
Bernie Larsen—guitars, drum, synthesizer
Joey Maramba—bass, electric bass, bowed electric bass
Lee Cantelon—background vocals
Rob Schanpf—acoustic guitar
Pete Thomas—acoustic guitar
Rob Schnapf (3, 5, 7, 10, 11, 13); Lee Cantelon & Peter Atanasoff (1, 2, 4, 6, 8, 9, 12)
The Sermon on Exposition Boulevard is not so much a sermon as a portrait of a world and a man that was inspired by Lee Cantelon's book The Words, a modern retelling of Jesus Christ's story. It's a different sound for Rickie. Sometimes hushed, often driving, sharing quite a bit in common with Lucinda Williams' recent work (Essence on). I find it riveting, aurally and lyrically. Definitely worth listening to, no matter your stand on religion.
The limited edition includes a DVD with behind-the-scenes featurettes. Since some of the songs were recorded in one take, it's pretty interesting to watch. (JoAnn Whetsell)
Definitely really riveting and necessary. So risky and vital and artful and all of that business. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Rickie Lee Jones—vocals, acoustic guitar, guitar, rhythm guitar, electric guitar, keyboard, percussion, drums, finger snaps, piano, electric/acoustic pianos, banjo, bowed bass, horn arrangements
Sebastian Steinberg—bass, upright bass
Tom Evans—saxophone, flute
Jon Brion—baritone guitar, guitar, bass, harmonics
David Kalish—bass, guitars, piano, Hammond B-3, dobro, organ
Ben Harper—slide guitar (2, 10), vocal (2)
Arnold McCuller—backing vocal (2)
Vic Chesnutt—vocal (3, 5)
Alison Krauss—violin (3)
Patrick Maguire—octave guitar
Joel Guzman—accordion, organ
John Reynolds—lead guitar, whistler (4)
Victoria Williams—vocal (5)
Bill Frisell—guitar (6)
Tony Scherr—bass (6)
Kenny Wollesen—drums (6)
Chris Joyner—electric piano (6), vocal, electric piano (8)
Blair Aronson—string and horn arrangements (6)
Paulie Cerra—sax (7)
Grey DeLisle—autoharp (8)
Danny Frankel—body slapping, tambourine (8)
John Doane—harp guitar (10)
Craig Eastman—violin, mandolin (10)
Ed Maxwell—bass (10)
Rickie Lee Jones, David Kalish, and Sheldon Gomberg
A country waltz, a bluesy instrumental, some pop/folk songs.... The album sometimes feels like an odds and ends collection, and while not Rickie Lee's finest, I still like it. (JoAnn Whetsell)
Rickie Lee Jones—vocals, background vocals, guitars, percussion, piano
Ben Harper—guitars, backing vocals, drums, percussion, vibes, bass, organ
Jamie Elman, Jesse Ingalls—piano
Larry Goldings—piano, organ
Chris Joyner, Jason Yates—organ
Ben Harper; "The Weight" produced by Sheldon Gomberg
Sadly I just really don't like this. It's really slow and spare and quiet, not a problem in and of itself, but the vocals are pretty mumbly (even by Rickie Lee's standards), and even when I turn the volume up I can't really hear a lot of the songs. "Comfort You" is probably the best track, but that's not saying much since my reaction to the songs ranges between finding them boring and nails-on-chalkboard grating. I should note that I'm a big fan of Rickie Lee, but most of her other covers have done little or nothing for me as well. (JoAnn Whetsell)
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Rickie Lee Jones—vocals, harmonies, background vocals, acoustic 6-string guitar, electric guitar, tenor guitar, guitar, banjo, piano, Hammond B3 organ, thumb piano, tambourine, shaker, keyboards
Jon Cleary—B3, Wurlitzer, nord, acoustic guitar, background vocals
John Porter—acoustic & electric guitars, acoustic slide guitar, banjo
James Singleton—upright bass
David Torkanowsky—Wurlitzer electric piano, piano
Zachary Richard—accordion (3)
Shane Theriot—guitar (3); acoustic guitar (7, 9); bass guitar (8); hi string acoustic guitar (9)
Mark Howard—drum programming (4, 5)
Matt Perrine—electric bass (4-6); sousaphone, trombone (11)
Tony Mangurian—editing (4, 5)
Stevie Black—string arrangement & strings (6)
John Fohl—acoustic guitar (6)
Eric Bloom—trumpet (7)
Rex Gregory—alto/baritone sax (7); bass clarinet (10)
Charlie Halloran—trombone (7)
Brad Walker—sax (7)
Nigel Hall—background vocals (9)
Calvin Turner—background vocals (9)
John Porter and Mark Howard (4, 6, 11)
Full of the sounds of New Orleans, but also unmistakably Rickie. This is her best album in years. (JoAnn Whetsell)
One of the best albums of the year. (email@example.com)
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Rickie Lee Jones has released two DVDs: Live at the Wiltern Theatre (1992) and Live in Stockholm (2011). Her songs appear on many compilations and soundtracks. Songs only available on compilations include:
- "Mink Coat at the Bus Stop" on WFUV: City Folk Live VII (2004)
- "Subterranean Homesick Blues" on The Village: A Celebration of the Music of Greenwich Village (2009)
- "They Can't Take That Away From Me" on A Tribute to Billie Holiday (2011)
- "Between a Laugh and a Tear" with John Mellencamp on his album Scarecrow (1985)
- The Moon Is Made of Gold" with Rob Wasserman on his album Duets (1988)
- "O Holy Night" with The Chieftains and Suzie Katayama on The Chieftains' album The Bells of Dublin (1991)
- "Autumn Leaves" with Rob Wasserman on his album Trilogy (2004)
- "Garibe—Watching Over Me" with Halla Bassam on the album Lullabies From the Axis of Evil (2004)
- "Comes Love" with Willie Nelson on his album Outlaws and Angels (2009)
Thanks to Dick Kastens and JoAnn Whetsell for work on this entry.