American singer songwriter JJ Cale died in July 2013 and has been described as one of the most important figures in rock history. This record, released earlier this year, celebrates Cale’s career and here is downloaded from HIGHRESAUDIO. It’s a bit of who’s who in laidback/bluesy rock with contributors including Tom Petty, Mark Knopfler, John Mayer, Willie Nelson, Don White and many more.

The title track comes from Cale’s 1972 track “Call Me The Breeze” ( covered by many including Lynyrd Skynyrd) and is a great opener to the record’s 16 tunes.

Musically it is true to the spirit of Cale’s laidback style (and Clapton’s for that matter) and whilst barely breaking a sweat it’s none the worse for it. Clapton name checked Cale a good deal and it’s clear there was a huge influence there which shines out on Breeze. Knopler’s vocal and unmistakable guitar style on Someday is a treat as is Willie Nelson’s country tinged rendition of Songbid. Don White and Clapton’s rendition of I’ll Be There is country tinged blues perfection and Petty’s is so cool it’s practically frozen!

As you’d expect the production and musicianship on Breeze is exemplary and it’s hard not to be drawn into the music’s cool and relaxed stylings whether you are familiar with Cale’s repertoire or not. If you’re a fan of Cale or Clapton (or simply enjoy this kind of relaxed blues music) Breeze is a bit of a must have and I’ve been playing it to death since it arrived.

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