A Life in the Blues

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All Music Guide - Mark Deming
While more than a few notable blues artists enjoyed late-life comebacks after years of inactivity, Charles Brown was one of the few whose second run of success was arguably more satisfying than the salad days of his youth. Brown's work in the 1940s with Johnny Moore & His Three Blazers and the solo sessions that followed resulted in a number of truly classic sides, but when Brown began actively recording again in the late '80s, his skills as a pianist were as keen as ever and he obviously relished the opportunity to flesh out his solos in ways he couldn't under the constraints of the 78-rpm recording format, and the patina of age added a greater resonance and gravity to...
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All Music Guide - Mark Deming
While more than a few notable blues artists enjoyed late-life comebacks after years of inactivity, Charles Brown was one of the few whose second run of success was arguably more satisfying than the salad days of his youth. Brown's work in the 1940s with Johnny Moore & His Three Blazers and the solo sessions that followed resulted in a number of truly classic sides, but when Brown began actively recording again in the late '80s, his skills as a pianist were as keen as ever and he obviously relished the opportunity to flesh out his solos in ways he couldn't under the constraints of the 78-rpm recording format, and the patina of age added a greater resonance and gravity to his vocals, which still boasted the smooth fire of a snifter of fine brandy. In the spring of 1990, Brown's comeback was moving into full swing and he was about to record his superb All My Life album when he played an engagement at New York City's Lone Star Roadhouse. A Japanese television network had arranged to record one of Brown's sets for later broadcast, using an experimental high-definition video system coupled with a multi-track digital audio setup, and A Life in the Blues is a CD/DVD package that allows this material to be seen and heard in the United States for the first time. Brown and his group are in nothing less than exemplary form in this recording; Brown was always a master of smooth, jazz-influenced "supper club" blues, but for all his refinement this set finds him drawing a remarkable amount of emotional heat from these tunes, and his elegant but inventive piano work leaves no doubt he was a master of his instrument. Danny Caron, Brown's guitarist and musical director, is as always a great foil for Brown's musical ideas, and if the DVD shows him mugging just a shade too much during his solos, given how well he performs with Brown, this can surely be forgiven. And the rhythm section of Earl May and Keith Copeland are perfectly simpatico, knowing when to add color and when to simply lend body to the arrangements. The CD and DVD both feature Brown's ten-song set in its entirety, while the DVD also includes two rare "Soundies" shot in 1945 of Brown performing as part of the Three Blazers with vocalist John Shadrack Horace, two excerpts from an extensive interview with Brown, a gallery of still photos, and a heroically researched Charles Brown discography. The icing on the cake is the thick accompanying booklet, stuffed with photos, a remembrance from Brown's friend and touring partner Bonnie Raitt, and a marvelously detailed biographical essay from Chip Deffaa. The title A Life in the Blues is just a bit of a cheat -- while it suggests a career overview, this could be more accurately described as "One Night in a Life in the Blues." But it was a fine, fine night indeed, and those who love Charles Brown's music or want to introduce themselves to his work will revel in this audiovisual tribute to a master returning to the stage at the peak of his form.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/9/2003
  • Label: Rounder / Umgd
  • UPC: 011661207424
  • Catalog Number: 612074

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 I Stepped in Quicksand (5:07)
  2. 2 Driftin' Blues (4:33)
  3. 3 I Cried Last Night (4:28)
  4. 4 All My Life (4:51)
  5. 5 Seven Long Days (4:19)
  6. 6 Black Night (5:37)
  7. 7 When the Sun Comes Out (7:40)
  8. 8 Merry Christmas, Baby (4:17)
  9. 9 Please Come Home for Christmas (2:40)
  10. 10 Joyce's Boogie (1:58)
Disc 2
  1. 1 I Stepped in Quicksand
  2. 2 Driftin' Blues
  3. 3 I Cried Last Night
  4. 4 All My Life
  5. 5 Seven Long Days
  6. 6 Black Night
  7. 7 When the Sun Comes Out
  8. 8 Merry Christmas, Baby
  9. 9 Please Come Home for Christmas
  10. 10 Joyce's Boogie
  11. 11 Photo Galleries/Video Interviews/Charles Brown Discography [Multimed
  12. 12 It's Me Oh Lord
  13. 13 Along the Navaho Trail
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Charles Brown Primary Artist, Piano, Vocals
Danny Caron Guitar
Keith Copeland Drums
Earl May Bass
Technical Credits
Charles Brown Composer
Bonnie Raitt Liner Notes
Harold Arlen Composer
Mort Shuman Composer
Paul Angelli Authoring
John Harris Producer, Engineer
Gene Redd Composer
Sam H. Stept Composer
Randy Ezratty Producer, Engineer
Chip Deffaa Liner Notes
Steven Jurgensmeyer Art Direction
Stanley Dorfman Director
Ted Koehler Composer
Lou Baxter Composer
Sidney Mitchell Composer
Jessie Mae Robinson Composer
Clive Westlake Composer
Adam Pinch Producer, Engineer
Barry Rebo Executive Producer
Johnny Moore's Three Blazers Composer
Johnny Moore Composer
Eddie Williams Composer
Howard Begle Producer
Joseph Berne Director
Steven Dupler Music Executive
Ben Hersh Producer
Jane Leal Producer
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