Balm In Gilead - Jones, Ricki Lee
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Rickie Lee Jones musical career spans over three decades and covers a wide variety of genres from rock, rnb, pop and soul. She is best known for her 1979 hit Chuck E's In Love. From the moment she first appeared in front of us on Saturday Night Live in 1979, Rickie Lee Jones has challenged her listeners and the establishment with an absorbing musical vision that defies border and classification. She rocked the culture of singer-song writerdom with her refusal to conform to the stayed and careful eloquence of the folk rock generation that came before her. Neither punk nor pop, she tottered on a thread of her own devise, jazz - the old musical kind, and R&B - the Motown thread that permeates her work. Her sense of humor, musical dexterity and song craft is all evident on her exquisite new album Balm in Gilead. Balm in Gilead's songs move seamlessly through its roots and R&B fabric, a 'western noir', cinematic in scope, expansive in detail, which Rickie only later realized perfectly encapsulated her journey. "These songs speak of that journey, my life in the western U.S., its joy and its downtown urban blues." The album's title emanates from an Old Testament passage from the book of Jeremiah that was adapted for an African-American spiritual with the line that promises "there is a balm in Gilead that makes the wounded whole." Jones reflecting on the new album says "We all share much more than anything that separates us."
- Wild Girl
- Old Enough
- Remember Me
- The Moon Is Made Of Gold
- His Jeweled Floor
- Eucalyptus Trail
- The Blue Ghazel
- The Gospel of Carlos, Norman and Smith
- Bayless St.