Singer, songwriter and lifelong Bill Withers fan Jose James pays tribute to the 80 year old with this slick, straightforward and superbly soulful 12 track set. Lots of classics revisited here with James and his band showing real reverence to the originals. Jose puts his own twist on classic such as ‘Ain’t No Sunshine’, the laid back beat of ‘Grandma’s Hands’ and ‘Lean On Me’ while Lalah Hathaway duets on ‘Lovely Day’. The funky ‘Kissing My Love’, the low slung ‘Use Me’ and the southern twang of ‘Who Is He’ are also excellent while the bluesy ‘Same Love That Made Me Laugh’ is another strong moment. Really well pitched tribute that shows a lot of respect but stands out on its own.
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