All in the Joy

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All Music Guide - Campbell
Since its inception, Delmark Records has consistently released blues and jazz recordings that are filled with passion and fury, and they usually prove to be timeless. This tradition continues with the first release from the blind street musician from Chicago, Cornell H. Williams aka the Big DooWopper. All in the Joy is not only extraordinary in its honesty but also in the high-quality production that went into it. This is not a "field recording" taken live from an "eccentric street performance" but an impressive first release from this vocalist and keyboardist backed by a full rhythm section of guitar, drums, bass, and even strings on one cut. Featuring nine originals and four...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Campbell
Since its inception, Delmark Records has consistently released blues and jazz recordings that are filled with passion and fury, and they usually prove to be timeless. This tradition continues with the first release from the blind street musician from Chicago, Cornell H. Williams aka the Big DooWopper. All in the Joy is not only extraordinary in its honesty but also in the high-quality production that went into it. This is not a "field recording" taken live from an "eccentric street performance" but an impressive first release from this vocalist and keyboardist backed by a full rhythm section of guitar, drums, bass, and even strings on one cut. Featuring nine originals and four covers, including a gospel-inspired rendition of Prince's "Purple Rain" on which DooWopper overdubs his own complex harmony arrangement. Also included is a five-minute interview with DooWopper in which his shared insights bring to mind the similar cosmic revelations of Sun Ra.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/6/2000
  • Label: Delmark
  • UPC: 038153074227
  • Catalog Number: 742
  • Sales rank: 308,506

Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Big DooWopper Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Organ, Piano, Vocals
Wayne Stewart Drums
Kay Reed Vocals
Theresa Davis Vocals
Johnny B. Moore Rhythm Guitar
Andrew Samuels Bass
Pete Nathan Guitar
Richie Davis Guitar
Roberta Thomas Vocals
Cornell Williams Organ, Piano, Vocals
Johnny Moore Band Rhythm Guitar
Kenny Smith Drums
Vince Varco Strings
Steve Wagner Recorder
Technical Credits
Robert G. Koester Producer
John Spinks Composer
Steve Wagner Producer, Engineer
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