When J.D. Souther returned to recording in 2008 with If the World Was You after a 24-year break, he allowed his lifelong love of jazz and pop standards a prominent place in his songwriting. As a singer he regularly worked with jazz artists, but had seldom allowed that side of himself to show too readily on records. He also applied those traits to 2011's Natural History, a dynamite collection of his tunes that were (mostly) associated with other artists.
Something of an enigma as a solo artist, JD Souther is best known for being viewed through the eyes and minds of famous collaborators such as Eagles, Linda Ronstadt and James Taylor. That he’s only released eight albums in 40-odd years, for six different labels, indicates he’s also a maverick. There’s plenty of mystery here, too, on an album produced by Larry Klein with Billy Childs’ arrangements and a jazzy enough approach to suggest Souther’s aiming for the Great American Songbook stakes – Cole Porter, George Gershwin, Jerome Kern, that type of fellow.