My Fantasy Band: Jools Holland
Friday 19 November 2010
Lead vocals - Bessie Smith & Solomon Burke
I could listen to Bessie Smith all day. Solomon Burke sadly died last month but I toured with him; he was amazing. His vocals inspired people like Van Morrison and Otis Redding.
Lead guitar - T-Bone Walker & Eric Clapton
Whenever Walker plays it just makes me feel better. Whenever Clapton plays it's like having a conversation with someone so eloquent they make you more eloquent.
Saxophone - Junior Walker
I've got five saxophones so I'd just add some guests. I'd add Junior Walker. He was on Motown and I believe his "What Does It Take (To Win Your Love)" is the biggest selling sax instrumental of all time.
Trombone - Chris Barber
One of the great British trombonists.
Trumpet - Louis Armstrong
He reinvented trumpet playing and is one of the greatest players ever.
Organ - Bill Doggett & Billy Preston
My brother plays organ at the moment and I wouldn't want to boot him off I'd like to include Bill Doggett, who did 'Honky Tonk', and Billy Preston, who played with all the greats.
Piano - Johann Sebastian Bach & Jelly Roll Morton
If I can't do it, I'd probably get Bach because he'd be able to do some nice arrangements. Jelly Roll Morton claimed to have invented jazz and would keep things lively.
Rhythm guitar - Paul Weller
He could do backing vocals too as I think his voice is great.
Drums - Earl Palmer
A band is only as strong as their drummer. I wouldn't mind Charlie Watts but let's go with Earl Palmer who used to play on all the Little Richard records. Often I can't figure out why a record's great then realise it's because Palmer's on drums.
Bass - Charles Mingus
He famously had a furious temper and I'd quite like to see him get in a punch up with the group.
Jools Holland's new album, 'Rockinghorse', is out now on Rhino. He's on tour until 22 December. www.joolsholland.com
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