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Gentleman Of Leisure

Jesse WinchesterAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)

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When the Southern singer-songwriter Jesse Winchester passed away in April 2014, a few weeks shy of his 70th birthday, he left behind a legacy of distinctively insightful, gentle, frequently humorous country/folk songs about everyday people and their lives that became hits for other performers while he painstakingly crafted new classics to share.

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 22, 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sugarhill
  • ASIN: B00000J809
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #62,076 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Jesse Winchester has made such a good living writing songs for the likes of Wynonna Judd, Emmylou Harris, and Reba McEntire that he doesn't really have to make his own albums. In fact, the revealingly titled Gentleman of Leisure is only his second album in 18 years. It was worth the wait, for it sounds like one of Lyle Lovett's late-1990s albums. There's the same dry, wry voice; the same weird mix of '40s swing, '60s R&B, and '70s progressive country; and the same conversational lyrics that seem casual at first but contain memorable aphorisms. Lovett's Texas sensibility is replaced, though, by Winchester's Memphis roots, which are reinforced by Steve Cropper's presence on songs about Elvis and a favorite soul-music club. Producer Jerry Douglas has also called in bluegrass guitar whiz Bryan Sutton, blues-guitar virtuoso Mike Henderson, country star Vince Gill, and gospel's Fairfield Four. Winchester's songwriting is the star attraction, though, thanks to music that marries hillbilly tunefulness to swampy Delta grooves and Zen lyrics that explore how love can strip us of pride and power and still make us strong. --Geoffrey Himes

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4.7 out of 5 stars
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
I have loved Jesse Winchester ever since seeing him live in Boulder more than 20 years ago and after seeing him perform again, all by himself this time, in davis, ca and repeated listenings of his great new cd, i still don't get it. there is so much crap out there and here is a true original whose voice and songs can make u feel the heat in mississippi or the pain of a love affair gone bad and smart people dont even know who he is. this is a beautiful cd. it rocks and is another fine example of music that is hard to categorize, which after all is what explains his relatively small following. I can categorize it for you: southern rock, folk and gospel-influenced tunes that will rattle round your brain long after you've heard them. jesse is a true original and this cd, his first in about 10 years, reaffirms that in stunning style. get it and you will feel better immediately.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This CD gets better with every listening June 24, 2000
Format:Audio CD
I've been a fan forever. I have all Jesse's albums and CDs and they are all great. Jesse is a wonderful songwriter and has a terrific voice. His songs cover many emotions; some make you tap your foot while others bring a tear to your eye. The musicianship on all of them is exceptional and "Gentleman of Liesure" is one of the best. Every cut is great. As a musician, I believe that owning a Jesse Winchester collection is essential to being a complete, well-rounded human being.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars New Fan April 5, 2000
By L. Cox
Format:Audio CD
I discovered Jesse Winchester a couple of weeks ago while traveling from Covington, LA to Tupelo, MS and listening to an obscure radio station. I am thankful that the DJ was kind enough to mention the artist's name and song title "Club Manhatten". Upon my return home I searched the internet for more information, found and ordered this CD. It is a very rare occurrence, but I love every song on this CD--the lyrics, the bluesy guitar, etc. The only disappointment that I have is that I didn't discover Jesse Winchester years ago.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great CD by a veteran artist January 10, 2000
Format:Audio CD
This is one of the most beautiful new CD's I've heard in years. I was a Jesse Winchester fan some 25 years ago, and was happy to rediscover him now. This music is better and more mature than his earlier terrific stuff.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Winchester fans have been waiting for this one... June 26, 1999
Format:Audio CD
Seems a long time since Jesse Winchester released new material. This one was worth the wait: beautiful and emotionally charged tunes that get under your skin, a great studio band, and John Cowan, Jonelle Mosser, Vince Gill, and the Fairfield Four singing back up! Cowan (this country's most underated singer) sings with Winchester like they were brothers. Goosebump territory.
The songs are vintage Winchester, production (God bless you Jerry Douglas) is crisp and clean, and the band which includes Bryan Sutton on guitar, Jerry Douglas on lapsteel, and Steve Cropper on electric on a few tunes is tight and grooves. Listen to 'Club Manhattan' and 'Just Like New' and you will be swept away. This is acoustic music with a sweet blues undertone. Man, I love this CD!!!!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jesse Winchester, don't ever change! November 16, 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
When my 8 year old son starts dancing like a maniac to a song you know it's good (Sweet Little Shoe). Jesse Winchester is in the top eschalon of songwriters of all time. Specifically, this album has it's rockers (Club Manhattan, Sweet Little Shoe) it's Memphis blues tunes (GOL, Just Like New, You Tickle Me) and the sentimental ones (That's What Makes You Strong, No Pride). And the album has no weak songs. The last three could even be the best with Sweet Loving Daddy, I Wave Bye Bye, Wander My Way Home. I had the pleasure to see Jesse with Guy Clark last April the day before Easter and hearing his new stuff inspired me to purchase this recording very shortly after. Steve Cropper adds a touch too and you can see in this one why Jesse is the songwriters songwriter (like Guy Clark). Jesse, DON'T EVER CHANGE!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If it were a just world, Jesse would be a giant star. November 15, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I hadn't been born when Jesse's first album came out, but I grew up listening to him, thanks to my Dad. Only as an adult have I realized what an original Jesse Winchester is. Like all great artists, he creates his own genre. We saw him play a couple of nights ago at the Variety Playhouse in Atlanta. What a thrill to see him live--he was in great voice, and he put a lot of interpretive power into the songs. I think another reviewer on this page had it right--Jesse's songs aren't obvious enough to be big hits. Guy Clark, who was also playing the other night, served up boring platitudes, received opinions, and easily grasped morals. What a yawn, but he made Jesse shine even brighter. His songs are marked by poeticism and keen intelligence. This new album is great, and shows that Jesse hasn't gone to sleep, even if he is a Gentleman of Leisure.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth it for 2 songs alone March 14, 2006
Format:Audio CD
There are two songs on this album that are great: "No Pride at All" and "That's What Makes You Strong". The combination of powerful emotion with songwriting craft at its highest level result in stunning songs. I played "No Pride at All" for a friend of mine, a guy with a heavy metal background. (The song is very mellow instrumentally). It totally caught him off-guard; he literally broke down in tears. The next time he came over he said, "I want to hear my song". I put in on and left him alone in the living room.

"No Pride at All" is also very mellow instrumentally, but absolutely devastating emotionally. And "devastating" is the only word I can use to describe it.

The other songs vary from above average to good, but the presence of these two songs makes the album a must-buy, in my opinion.

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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Some of the catchiest tunes of his long,distinguished career
Never thought at this stage of the game that I would be continuously listening to Jesse Winchester,but here I am. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Moishe Yidbaum
5.0 out of 5 stars A gentleman Indeed
It is so good to hear Jesse Winchester backed up by fine musicians redoing those wondeful songs we love him for - More Please - I hope some studio/producer catelogues his whole... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Paul Coghlan
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album from a great musician and song writer.
If you know this man's work, you know the treat that you are in for. The headline says it all.
Published 6 months ago by Captain Factoid
5.0 out of 5 stars like a refreshing drink
Jesse Winchester is so fine. His lyrics are fun or heartfelt as the case may be and always true, but what makes his music most engaging, in my opinion, are his melodies. Read more
Published 23 months ago by steve
5.0 out of 5 stars One Listen and my 2 album collection Tripled
Many of the other customer reviews resonated with me. "That's What Makes You Strong" fills me with every emotional, spiritual feeling of connectedness and faith in human nature... Read more
Published on August 11, 2010 by Retired With a Book
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful music
I had heard Jesse Winchester in concert in Mendocino in July and wanted to hear more of his music, I really loved this CD and will try to get a few more of his recordings.
Published on August 15, 2008 by Sallie Marie
5.0 out of 5 stars on "Worth it for 2 songs alone"
He's right about the two songs: 'That's What Makes You Strong' and 'No Pride At All' will move you in mysterious ways - if you don't buy the album at least buy those two tracks. Read more
Published on October 13, 2006 by Brian Hicks
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb
This is one of the best albums ever recorded in America. Every song is a masterpiece. A must!
Published on February 25, 2006 by C. E. B. Falcon
5.0 out of 5 stars Definitely worth the wait
I can't say much more than what's already been said. "Gentleman of Leisure" is the epitome of cool, with some of the sweetest ballads to ever come out of my speakers. Read more
Published on August 7, 2005 by S. Huntington
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful
This recording is just a wonder. I have owned this cd for about a year, and I cannot get enough of it--and it is rare nowadays for a record to have such an impact on me. Read more
Published on June 17, 2001 by Maureen A. Proietta
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