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The Breeze: An Appreciation of JJ Cale

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Eric Clapton taps a wide-ranging roster of big names—including Dire Straits’ frontman Mark Knopfler, Tom Petty, and fiery blues guitarist Derek Trucks, among them—to cover the slow-burning tunes of pioneering songwriter JJ Cale. But the magic of The Breeze (An Appreciation of JJ Cale) lies not in star power, but cool-handed consistency. Clapton and company draw on material from Cale’s four-decade career to illustrate the country-inflected roots rock that defines the so-called Tulsa Sound that Cale helped create. Along the way, Clapton and Petty groove through a dusky version of “Rock & Roll Records,” John Mayer plays a reggae-tinted “Lies,” and Willie Nelson croons Cale’s lovely “Songbird.” Many of the album’s other highlights come from Cale’s former bandmate and fellow Tulsa guitarist/songwriter Don White, who plays with Knopfler and Clapton on a shuffling rendition of “Train to Nowhere.” Christine Lakeland and Derek Trucks close the tribute with a sublime reading of “Crying Eyes."

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Foundation artist - JJ Cale

I may not have this right, but Clapton said, "People think After Midnight and Cocaine are mine. I made them mine, but I have always liked his versions better. - He's a minimalist." I think I can hear his influence in Garcia's work. Maybe I'm crazy, but I see pop culture returning to honed-down expression in many arts. People seem to find it more heady - the taste, skill and subtlety come through.


Clapton is by far my favorite artist. Also a big fan of JJ Cale, so this is a dream album for me. Excellent way to honor JJ, many thanks Eric.

...good stuff here!

J. J. Cale covered by Clapton and friends, some excellent music here! Not to be missed....


Born: March 30, 1945 in Ripley, Surrey, England

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

By the time Eric Clapton launched his solo career with the release of his self-titled debut album in mid-1970, he was long established as one of the world's major rock stars due to his group affiliations -- the Yardbirds, John Mayall's Bluesbreakers, Cream, and Blind Faith -- which had demonstrated his claim to being the best rock guitarist of his generation. That it took Clapton so long to go out on his own, however, was evidence of a degree of reticence unusual for one of his stature. And his debut...
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