"I was disappointed to discover that this is actually a jazz recording with a little flavoring of world music. Fair enough, this is Tim Ries' project and he plays jazz sax in addition to backing the Stones on tour. I guess the clips I heard were taken from the "worldier" parts of some songs, mostly intros, and they did not proportionately represent the long brass, sax, and guitar solos nor the jazz style of the vocals. It's great if you love jazz, I guess, but I still am waiting to hear what African and Indian rhythms can do with an entire Stones tune; what flamenco or salsa would be like."
Joe | New York | 01/19/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Easy Grammy here, the only catch is which category? This rich and masterful work will keep you listening for months, and you'll still be discovering details that went over your head the first dozen times. Ries' elite mastry of harmony across all genres (and some original ones yet to be named) just keeps surprising. This amazing array of creative approaches to covering what were originally catchy melodies and solid rock hooks is a both a master class in interpretation and superb entertainment. Not since Joe Roccisano have I heard such original, colorful and well-conceived arranging. Buy this album. Buy two and give one away."
Joshua Ab Levinson | 02/08/2009
(1 out of 5 stars)
"Here's yet another CD that was lauded that I listened to one time and will probably never listen to again. Take a bunch of great musicians, put them together and play some Stones arrangements and you've got great music? Not. Every song has a different feel, a different aggregate of musicians, a completely different concept, which in and of itself is not bad. It's just plain boring. Has nothing to say. Great musicians do not always make great music. The tunes just are not built to spring off of (except for Miss You which is a great arrangement and has great playing). The Beatles' music has so much more of a harmonic foundation to use as the foundation for any type of interpretation. Not to say the Stones' music is not great, it is, it's just not very open to interpretation."
Rolling Stones Project Vol 2
Janelle Miller | Seattle, WA | 02/13/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Fantastic music from around the world. Tim has made incredible things happen with the Stones' music. If you enjoy jazz and the Stones, you will love this set."