10 Songs, 48 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Best known for his presence in Paul Shaffer's CBS Orchestra on the Late Show with David Letterman, Will Lee began his musical life as a drummer before switching to another side of the rhythm section on bass guitar. Lee's ability to play anything put in front of him and to play it well has been his blessing and his curse. It's kept him fully employed but rarely working on his own music. This is his first album in 20 years, and the guests come out to welcome him back, with Shaffer, ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons, Steve Lukather, Pat Metheny, Steve Gadd, Narada Michael Walden, Bob James, Chuck Loeb, and Allen Toussaint all working alongside Lee. But to hear a pop song as easeful as "Miss Understanding" is to know that a first-rate singer and tunesmith lurks under the session man's role. A version of Toussaint's "Get Out of My Life Woman"—with Toussaint, of course—is strong and vibrant. "Papounet's Ride" lets him play incredibly active bass lines among the smoother guitars chords that swirl around the instrumental track.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Best known for his presence in Paul Shaffer's CBS Orchestra on the Late Show with David Letterman, Will Lee began his musical life as a drummer before switching to another side of the rhythm section on bass guitar. Lee's ability to play anything put in front of him and to play it well has been his blessing and his curse. It's kept him fully employed but rarely working on his own music. This is his first album in 20 years, and the guests come out to welcome him back, with Shaffer, ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons, Steve Lukather, Pat Metheny, Steve Gadd, Narada Michael Walden, Bob James, Chuck Loeb, and Allen Toussaint all working alongside Lee. But to hear a pop song as easeful as "Miss Understanding" is to know that a first-rate singer and tunesmith lurks under the session man's role. A version of Toussaint's "Get Out of My Life Woman"—with Toussaint, of course—is strong and vibrant. "Papounet's Ride" lets him play incredibly active bass lines among the smoother guitars chords that swirl around the instrumental track.

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5:16
6:43
3:40
5:45
4:07
3:03

About Will Lee

Will Lee got his first drum set as a Christmas present at a very young age. After watching the Beatles performing at Ed Sullivan's TV show, he decided to get seriously involved in music. Soon after his family moved from San Antonio to Miami, Lee joined a band for the first time, playing drums and singing, later, becoming its bass player. Invited by brothers Michael and Randy Brecker, Will Lee joined New York-based Dreams, playing along with talented drummer Billy Cobham. When Dreams disbanded, the musician started playing for Horace Silver, Bette Midler, and Barry Manilow, in addition, getting into the jingles business. After signing up to Go Jazz, Will Lee recorded his debut album, called Oh!, also joining Paul Shaffer, musical director of David Letterman's late-night TV show. ~ Drago Bonacich

  • ORIGIN
    San Antonio, TX
  • GENRE
    Jazz
  • BORN
    September 8, 1950

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