Released on April 1, 2014, “Life Journey” is an album by Leon Russell, consisting of a mix of originals and standards ranging from Robert Johnson’s “Come On in My Kitchen” to Billy Joel’s “New York State of Mind.”
Track Listing : 1.Come On In My Kitchen (Robert Johnson) – 02:20 . 2.Big Lips (Leon Russell) – 03:12 . 3.Georgia On My Mind (Hoagy Carmichael, Stuart Gorrell) – 04:52 . 4.That Lucky Old Sun (Haven Gillespie, Beasley Smith) – 04:09 . 5.Fever (Eddie Cooley, John Davenport) – 04:19 . 6.Think Of Me (Mike Reid) – 03:28 . 7.I Got It Bad & That Ain’T Good (Edward Kennedy Ellington, Paul Francis Webster) – 04:29 . 8.The Masquerade Is Over (Herb Magidson, Allie Wrubel) – 05:44 . 9.I Really Miss You (Paul Anka) – 04:12 . 10.New York State Of Mind (Billy Joel) – 05:27 . 11.Fool’S Paradise (Johnny Fuller, Robert L. Geddins, Dr. David Rosenbaum) – 02:54 . 12.Down In Dixieland (Leon Russell) – 03:07
Musicians : Leon Russell – Piano, Vocals . John Clayton – Bass, Conductor . Christoph Luty – Bass . Willie Weeks – Bass . James Gordon – Clarinet . Jeff Clayton – Clarinet, Sax (Alto) . Elena Barere – Concert Master . Jeff Hamilton – Drums . Abe Laboriel, Jr. – Drums . Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra – Orchestra . Dixieland Band – Band . Darrell Leonard – Flugelhorn, Trumpet . Robben Ford – Guitar . Anthony Wilson – Guitar . Graham Dechter – Guitar (Acoustic) . Hugh Mccracken – Guitar, Soloist . Larry Goldings – Hammond B3 . Greg Leisz – Pedal Steel, Pedal Steel Guitar . Keith Fiddmont – Sax (Alto) . Lee Callet – Sax (Tenor) . Charles Owens – Sax (Tenor) . Rickey Woodard – Sax (Tenor) . Chris Simmons – Slide Guitar . George Bohanon – Trombone . Ira Nepus – Trombone . Ryan Porter – Trombone . Maurice Spears – Trombone (Bass) . Gilbert Castellanos – Trumpet . Sal Cracchiolo – Trumpet . James Ford – Trumpet . Clay Jenkins – Trumpet . Bijon Watson – Trumpet . William Cantos – Vocals (Background) . Alvin Chea – Vocals (Background) . Perry Morgan – Vocals (Background) . Louis Price – Vocals (Background)
Production : Produced By Tommy Lipuma . Al Schmitt – Engineer, Mixing . Chandler Harrod – Engineer, Pro-Tools . Brian Montgomery – Engineer, Pro-Tools . Doug Saks – Mastering
Package : Leon Russell – Liner Notes . Mike Diehl – Design . Ryan Roth – Design, Photography
Released On April 1, 2014 By Universal.
Leon Russell Covers Billy Joel, Brings in Big Bands for ‘Life Journey’“I’ve worked with a lot of producers and I have to say, there’s a lot of bullshit going on in that department, and that is not the case with him,” Russell tells Rolling Stone with a laugh. “He’s the best producer I’ve ever met in my life. And it’s not like me to say that.”
The Huffington Post
Conversation With Leon RussellWell you’ve given me the benefit of the doubt that I know what I’m doing, but that’s not exactly the case. Tommy and I had a lot of conversations before we made the record and I just happened to mention one day that when I was always playing my piano part, I was always imagining an ensemble when I played that sounded like Count Basie and had lines in between and so forth.
Leon Russell has nothing to prove, so his will to rappel off musical cliffs and soar into boogie, big-band jazz and tavern immersion’s rarified air is that much more satisfying. Not have, but want—that desire ignites his piano playing and those vocals that tear the cover off these classics old and new.