12 Songs, 41 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Jesse Winchester was a quiet man who recorded gentle, soulful music. His 1970 self-titled debut album set a standard that each of his succeeding albums (and many other singer/songwriters) worked hard to reach. His death on April 11, 2014—just weeks shy of his 70th birthday—ended a career that was well-respected among the most credible of musicians. This album was written and recorded when he was in remission from the cancer that eventually claimed him, and his voice sounds at times a bit weary. But with the help of “newgrass” country GRAMMY® winner Jerry Douglas on lap steel, the well-known Jim Horn on saxophone, and producer Mac McAnally on lead guitar, Winchester’s final batch of tunes—and three covers—get the arrangements they deserve. While Winchester isn’t one for self-pity, he does sound to be in a reflective mood with the oldies he selected (The Cascades’ “Rhythm of the Rain,” The Clovers’ “Devil or Angel,” The Del-Vikings’ “Whispering Bells”) and with a few of his own songs, “All That We Have Is Now,” “Ghosts,” and the touching closer “Just So Much.” It’s a high-class farewell.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Jesse Winchester was a quiet man who recorded gentle, soulful music. His 1970 self-titled debut album set a standard that each of his succeeding albums (and many other singer/songwriters) worked hard to reach. His death on April 11, 2014—just weeks shy of his 70th birthday—ended a career that was well-respected among the most credible of musicians. This album was written and recorded when he was in remission from the cancer that eventually claimed him, and his voice sounds at times a bit weary. But with the help of “newgrass” country GRAMMY® winner Jerry Douglas on lap steel, the well-known Jim Horn on saxophone, and producer Mac McAnally on lead guitar, Winchester’s final batch of tunes—and three covers—get the arrangements they deserve. While Winchester isn’t one for self-pity, he does sound to be in a reflective mood with the oldies he selected (The Cascades’ “Rhythm of the Rain,” The Clovers’ “Devil or Angel,” The Del-Vikings’ “Whispering Bells”) and with a few of his own songs, “All That We Have Is Now,” “Ghosts,” and the touching closer “Just So Much.” It’s a high-class farewell.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.9 out of 5
18 Ratings
18 Ratings
Mountain Home ,

An Incredible Songwriter & Performer

I've known this guy longer than I've known my wife (just had 36th wedding anniv) I've seen him 10 times over the years from that first time at Xavier University in Cincinnati when there may have been 20 of us in the hall to about 2 years ago. I've taken my mother to see him and every friend I have. He is/was the most amazing songwriter, guitar player and vocalist ever.
I've grieved this year and will always miss him.

simmoUSA ,

A Fond Farewell

A gem. Mac McAnally has produced a wonderful collection of songs that stand as final triumph for one of this generation's great singer-songwriters...even though I tear up listening to Jesse sing some of them. I feel blessed to have seen him his first night in Montreal and many times since.

dtperk ,

If you're a true fan...

If you're a true fan of Jesse Winchester, you'll almost certainly love this album. What a shame it is that he won't be making more of these.

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