Will Lee • Love, Gratitude & Other Distractions • Sinning Saint Ltd. • Producer: Will Lee • Score: 8 out of 10
Bassist/vocalist Will Lee is more than a typical side or session man. He is kind of a musical chameleon. When you have played with, virtually, everybody in the business it gives you incredible range and perspective. On this, his second solo album in 20 years, the “Late Night with David Letterman” band member steps into the spotlight for a potpourri of, mostly, original compositions that tap into the fringes of jazz, rock, blues, fusion and all points in between. Joining the leader are a cavalcade of guest stars, including guitarists Billy Gibbons, Chuck Loeb, Leni Stern and Steve Lukather, keyboardists Bob James and Paul Shaffer, drummers Steve Gadd, Peter Erskine and Shawn Pelton, vocalist Chrissy Amphlett and many others. Lee proves he is not only one of the greatest support players on the planet but a fine songwriter, producer and artist in his own right.
--Eric A. Harabadian