JIM JAMES - NEW YORK 2019

November 11, 2019 – 5:15 am

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JIM JAMES
with Teddy Abrams and The Louisville Orchestra
New York 2019 [no label, 1CD]

Live at (Le) Poisson Rouge, New York, NY; October 20, 2019. Very good audio (ripped from HDTV webcast).

Jim James performs his new album, The Order of Nature (released on October 18), in full along with Teddy Abrams and The Louisville Orchestra.

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Will Hermes, reviewing The Order of Nature in rollingstone.com:

The Order of Nature, recorded live in 2018, is a fairly lit collaboration between My Morning Jacket’s Jim James and hotshot conductor/composer Teddy Abrams, current Music Director of James’ hometown Louisville Orchestra. It’s full of knowing references to orchestral soul and pop; listen closely and you’ll hear flickers of Issac Hayes, Marvin Gaye, Paul Robson, Aaron Copland, Nelson Riddle, Linda Ronstadt, Frank Sinatra and Bob Dylan - all of whom belong in any definition of American orchestral music worth defending.

The spirit and sound here is a bit What’s Goin On and a bit “Nature Boy,” addressing timely issues - guns, civil unrest, newsfeed overload, delusional religion - and advocating for love over hate. It’s good to hear the grain of James’ voice minus its usual cloak of reverb; his writing’s passionate, and the orchestrations show smarts and wit. “Back To The End Of The World,” a thinly veiled flip of the standard “Blue Moon,” imagines “the dawn of a new golden age” while a “Good Vibrations” theremin moans the melody alongside strings, brass and choir. “Who Am I?” takes off of Wendy’s existential meditation from the 1950 musical Peter Pan, composed by pop-classical OG Leonard Bernstein and notably covered by Nina Simone, detouring into a riff on reincarnation.

Things build nicely. “Over and Over,” the choogling rocker from James’ 2018 Uniform Distortion, gets repurposed with jaunty orchestrations that conjure a Fourth of July Pops concert - you might imagine it set on a town square gazebo, like James’ weird whiteface performance of Dylan’s “Goin’ To Acapulco” in Todd Haynes’ I’m Not There. Utilizing virtuosos at hand, there’s jazzy Hot Club of France style violin solo added for good measure. With “Same Old Lie,” an activist gospel-soul workout that has James nearly rapping, he makes a case for getting off your ass to vote, while the orchestra sweeps into a suitably grand finale. It doesn’t rock, per se, but it does soar.

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Thanks to indykid for sharing the HDTV webcast at Dime.

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Track 01. intro 0:24
Track 02. Walking In The Snow 3:52
Track 03. Here In Spirit 4:26
Track 04. The Human Touch 2:38
Track 05. In Demand 5:02
Track 06. Back To The End Of The World 3:54
Track 07. Bernstein: Who Am I? 5:19
Track 08. Over And Over 3:54
Track 09. Set It To Song 3:20
Track 10. Same Old Lie 7:25
41 mins

Click here to order The Order Of Nature.

  1. 8 Responses to “JIM JAMES - NEW YORK 2019”

  2. I preferred his work with the Vagabonds, myself.

    By Brian Griffin on Nov 11, 2019

  3. Rumor has it this fella gots a Big Un

    By U L E on Nov 11, 2019

  4. Looks like it’s just you and me playing out, U L E. It can be a lonely life on BigO…

    By Brian Griffin on Nov 11, 2019

  5. who the fuc is this bozo

    By Smashmouth on Nov 12, 2019

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    By THE ANTICHRIST on Nov 12, 2019

  7. Edward “Teddy” Paul Maxwell Abrams (born May 6, 1987) is an American conductor, pianist, …. The Order of Nature (Jim James with Teddy Abrams and the Louisville Orchestra) (2019) … 1987 births · Living people · 21st-century conductors (music) · Jewish classical musicians · 21st-century American composers · American …

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    By THE ANTICHRIST on Nov 12, 2019

  8. Coons cry bout everything Anti . That wasn’t shit . Imagine what the men in the white sheets would have done to that fuckin coon .

    By Derrick on Nov 12, 2019

  9. So Anti is this Jim James dude another Jew bastard ? Really don’t know much bout him .Aint really my thing . As you know I’m into classic rock .

    By Derrick on Nov 12, 2019

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