Stars:

3.5/5

This is the second collaborative album by country maverick Willie Nelson and jazz man Wynton Marsalis following 2008's

Two Men With the Blues

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. Recorded live with sweet songbird Norah Jones it pays homage to the late great Ray Charles, with some slow smoky strollers like

Come Rain Or Come Shine

and duet

Cryin' Time

, offset by a sprawling, almost eight minute-long, version of

Hit the Road Jack

, and most weird and wonderful of all, Nelson's ragged singing over a fruity jazz-meets-bolero version of

Unchain My Heart

. While they may seem like a funny couple, with the deft precision and style of Marsalis seemingly at odds with Nelson's more unkempt delivery, it actually works.

-TimeOut