Something Else! sneak peek: Will Lee with Billy Gibbons and Allen Toussaint, “Get Out Of My Life Woman” (2013)

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If you’re an album sleeve credits reader like I am, then you know session superstar bassist Will Lee very well. It would take a whole month of Sundays to tell anyone all the significant records in rock, pop, fusion and jazz he’s participated on, so I’m only going to spend this Sunday giving you a taste of what Will Lee, Solo Artist, is like. On August 20, the longtime Letterman Show bass player will issue only his second album Love, Gratitude and Other Distractions, and the guest list will would make even David Letterman himself blush with envy.

On one of those star-studded tracks, Lee’s got ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons playing guitars and sharing lead vocals on Lee Dorsey’s 1966 superfunky hit (and sample fodder for endless hip hop recordings) “Get Of My Life, Woman.” Gibbons contributes a gravelly, chugging rhythm guitar and a gravelly vocal to match, while Lee provides his signature steadfast bass and a perfect high harmony vocal complement to Gibbons.

And who’s playing that tasty, Big Easy piano right behind the front line? Why, it’s the song’s composer Allen Toussaint, that’s who. Gibbons’ southeast Texas bar-b-q drenched guitar is heard dancing around Toussaint’s classic New Orleans R&B piano groove during the ending choruses and the result is a sumptuous bridging of the blues from two ends of the Gulf Coast.

A great song with the involvement of three great musicians can’t go wrong. This rendition of “Get Out Of My Life Woman” is likely to be hard of get out of your head.

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S. Victor Aaron

S. Victor Aaron

S. Victor Aaron is an SQL demon for a Fortune 100 company by day, music opinion-maker at night. His musings are strewn out across the interwebs on jazz.com, AllAboutJazz.com, a football discussion board and some inchoate customer reviews of records from the late 1990s on Amazon under a pseudonym that will never be revealed. E-mail him at svaaron@somethingelsereviews .com or follow him on Twitter at https://twitter.com/SVictorAaron
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