Happiness is an emotion that doesn’t need questions. Life answers this for us, and the simple pleasures answer this for us; or rather there is no question.... no answer. It is just life that sometimes can be happy. So let’s get drawn in.... to the happy rocky-bop of The Little Willies!
Fun is perhaps the reason why this last Norah Jones Quintet release is more than a set of sympathetic flabbergasts. She wreaks havoc with her harsh and sulfurous voice. Remarkable is the presence of her folks: Richard Julian, Jim Campilongo, Lee Alexander and Dan Rieser. The quintet runs down standards - "Roly Poly," "I'll Never Get Out of This World Alive," "Streets of Baltimore," "Tennessee Stud," and "Night Life" with shrunken, kinfolk movements.
Elvis Presley’s ballad, "Love Me," takes a magic western form without removing its original tenderness. The last track, "Lou Reed," a song composed by Jones, Alexander and Julien, eccentrically coroneted this creation in a vague way. "It's Not You, It's Me" will switch you straight-on into swing. Norah bangs like hell on "Roll On." "Easy as the Rain," composed by Julian and Campilongo, is heartfelt all the way through.
The music of The Little Willies is smooth, comfy, convivial, harmonious, benevolent and done without pretensions, while the cover art is extremely appealing...as is the name!
The Little Willies carries with it this happy vitality: a joy of all being that lies in each one, at least sometimes. And who will deny that we all live for pleasure and because to live is one.
This album has anything and everything to offer: a happiness which appears given just like an exempt love, giving us even the test of living.... .and it gave it to me during 43 minutes and 18 seconds....