E. J. Decker | A Job of Work (Tales of the Great Recession)

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A Job of Work (Tales of the Great Recession)

by E. J. Decker

A rich, baritone voice / An adventurous jazz take, using standards, folk & country, on how various folks have dealt with the economic woes that have hit us all in the last half decade...
Genre: Jazz: Jazz Vocals
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  Song Share Time Download
1. A Job of Work
2:53 $0.99
2. Street of Dreams
4:05 $0.99
3. Come Rain or Come Shine
5:33 $0.99
4. Cottage for Sale
4:32 $0.99
5. I've Got a Right to Sing the Blues
3:27 $0.99
6. Lush Life
5:34 $0.99
7. Much as I Love You
4:03 $0.99
8. Born to Lose
4:29 $0.99
9. Nobody Knows You (When You're Down and Out)
7:02 $0.99
10. Everything I Have Is Yours
4:03 $0.99
11. I'm Just a Lucky so and So
6:21 $0.99
12. Where Is Love
3:27 $0.99
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Album Notes
A JOB OF WORK (Tales of the Great Recession): Jazz takes on the economic collapse. A JOB OF WORK focuses on the downturn's impact on people, and examines those who have been decimated by it as well as those who have found the strength to survive through newly forged bonds with those they love. Featuring Decker's strong, lush baritone voice and soaring instrumental work across the album, "it is a body of work that most families who have struggled in one way or another to survive in today's economy will relate to." —Bobby Jackson, from the A JOB OF WORK liner notes.

"A wild set of quiet fire..." —Chris Spector, Midwest Record, Lake Zurich, IL

"it fascinates because it melds the common with the exotic, in a perfect cross of the urban mundane alongside an aesthetic that refuses to die ... 'Born to Lose' is perhaps the most perfect example. Think of it as the version that came from Texas and a jazzed-up hipster Willie Nelson, instead of Georgia and Ray Charles." —Mark S. Tucker, FAME (Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange), Peterborough, NH

"The more I listen to it, the more [like it]. … the entire recording is all about what's going on with the recession ... it certainly has a story to tell in this day and age." —Janine Santana, Party 934.com & KUVO-FM, Boulder, CO

"Has 'after hours' written all over it, but it gives you this strange feeling that 'after hours' starts around 6 AM. Certainly a set to keep in mind when you want to encounter something completely different." —Chris Spector, Midwest Record, Lake Zurich, IL

"It is a work of art! Great job." —Linda Yohn, WEMU, Ypsilanti, MI

"A well thought out and beautifully arranged CD." —Elliott Ames, WVOX, White Plains, NY

"I'm proud of him. That's good stuff!" —James Janisse, KEBN, Los Angeles, CA

A JOB OF WORK (Tales of the Great Recession)

E. J. Decker – Vocals, Percussion
Claire Daly – Baritone Sax
Elizabeth Frascoia – Trombone
Les Kurtz – Piano
Saadi Zain – Bass
Tom Melito – Drums

Arranged and Produced by E. J. Decker
Recorded by Michael Brorby — Acoustic Recording, Brooklyn, NY
Mixed and Mastered by Paul Wickliffe — Skyline Productions, Warren, NJ
Photography by Janis Wilkins — Artgraphica.com
Liner Notes by Bobby Jackson — "The Roots of Smooth," The Jazz Mind.com and The Pittsburgh Jazz Channel

ⓒ2013 Candela Records / E. J. Decker



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Joe Giglio

A Job of Work (Tales of the Great Recession) by E. J. Decker
A Job of Work (Tales of the Great Recession) by E. J. Decker, is a soulful program made up of songs of love & loss; hopes, dreams & disappointments; the fight, determination, & struggle to survive, & just darn excellent music. I have listened this CD quite a few times, & can say it is great music - beautifully & skillfully sung, with heartfelt interpretation, fine arrangements & musicianship abounding! Mr. Decker is in wonderful voice, so very deep in his element...His singing comes from that very special place, where love, feeling, soul & music emerge as Life...Bravo!

Amy Stoller

A JOB OF WORK (Tales of the Great Recession)
E. J. Decker's voice is so smooth, and the musical selections so good, it would be easy to let this collection just wash over you while your focus is elsewhere. But that would be a mistake. Decker knows a lot about history, and the knife-edge that separates struggling from drowning. Pay attention the lyrics, masterfully chosen and lovingly interpreted. If you didn't know how much protest music resided in the Great American Songbook, you'll know it now - and you won't be sorry.