Celebrated musician, bandleader and television host Jools Holland has amassed an almighty line-up of musicians, each a master of their individual instrument, for his new album Pianola. PIANO & FRIENDS. A loving tribute to the black and white keys that have become synonymous with Holland and his show-stopping stylings.
Jools Holland’s forthcoming Pianola. PIANO & FRIENDS celebrates the community and conviviality that the piano inspires. At the core of the album is the eponymous pianola that was once owned by his grandmother Rosie. A sturdy self-playing stand-up, Grandmother Rosie’s war-torn pianola once entertained guests in her little front room before a young Holland began learning learn to play on it, sparking his love of music and this very album. A constant champion of musicians around the world, Holland has brought together a truly unique line-up of some of the world’s greatest artists in their field.
The album has been produced by multi-instrumentalist Nitin Sawhney, as well as Jools’ long-time producer Laurie Latham with one track co-written and produced by Mousse T. Collaborators on the album include unrivalled concert pianist Lang Lang, David Gilmour, Tom Jones, Gregory Porter, Ruby Turner, Jamie Cullum, Joe Bonamassa, YES’ Rick Wakeman, towering talent Ayanna Witter-Johnson and many more.
The album was principally recorded at Helicon Mountain, Greenwich, and The Dairy Studios, Brixton, with additional recording at Buckjump Studio, New Orleans, USA, Shanghai Vocational School of Contemporary Music, China, and Peppermint Pavillon, Hannover, Germany.
Jools Holland said, ‘I’m humbled to have made this record with the greatest instrumental and vocal artists of our day. And so grateful to my lifelong friend the piano for making it possible.’
2. ‘Morris Dance’ Jools Holland feat. Trombone Shorty and The Rhythm & Blues Orchestra
3. ‘Rockin’ Lock-in’ Jools Holland & Booker T. feat. George Latham
4. ‘Forgive Me’ Jools Holland & Tom Jones feat. London Contemporary Voices and The Rhythm & Blues Orchestra
5. ‘Blues For The End Of Time’ Jools Holland & David Gilmour feat. sonic space design by Dhani Harrison
6. ‘Hard Times’ Jools Holland feat. David Sanborn and The Rhythm & Blues Orchestra
7. ‘Surfin’ Jools Holland & YolanDa Brown feat. Moses Boyd and The Rhythm & Blues Orchestra Horn Section
8. ‘Love Letter To Groningen’ Jools Holland & Lang Lang
9. ‘St. Louis Blues’ Jools Holland & Herbie Hancock feat. Moses Boyd
10. ‘Mona Lisa’ Jools Holland & Gregory Porter
11. ‘Requiem’ Jools Holland & Joe Bonamassa feat. Gilson Lavis and Pino Palladino
12. ‘Boogie Woogie Twins’ Jools Holland & Dr. John feat. Omar Hakim and Marcus Miller
13. ‘Prelude No 1 in C Major’ Jools Holland feat. The Rhythm & Blues Orchestra
14. ‘Ghost In The Piano’ Jools Holland & Jamie Cullum
15. ‘To Whom It May Concern’ Jools Holland & Ayanna Witter-Johnson
16. ‘Etude 53’ Jools Holland
17. ‘Do The Boogie’ Jools Holland & Mousse T. feat. The Rhythm & Blues Orchestra Horn Section
18. ‘Abide With Me’ Jools Holland & Moses Boyd
19. ‘Rockin’ The Boogie’ Jools Holland & Rick Wakeman feat. The Rhythm & Blues Orchestra
20. ‘Worst Man In London’ Jools Holland & Nitin Sawhney feat. Anna Phoebe and London Contemporary Voices
21. ‘The Piano’ Jools Holland & Ruby Turner feat. Nan’s pianola