American Music, Texas Style

American Music, Texas Style

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by Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown
     
 

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Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown opens AMERICAN MUSIC, TEXAS STYLE with "Rock My Blues Away," but the legendary Texas bluesman doesn't spend much time rockin' or twangin'. Instead, the 75-year-old multi-instrumentalist swings hot and heavy, returning once again to the jump blues that he began his recording career with in 1947. Like his acclaimed 1997 See more details below

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Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown opens AMERICAN MUSIC, TEXAS STYLE with "Rock My Blues Away," but the legendary Texas bluesman doesn't spend much time rockin' or twangin'. Instead, the 75-year-old multi-instrumentalist swings hot and heavy, returning once again to the jump blues that he began his recording career with in 1947. Like his acclaimed 1997 GATE SWINGS, this set features the New Orleans legend Wardell Quezergue as conductor and arranger. Quezergue works his magic in many ways. He tightens up tunes while still leaving space for the Brownian motion of Gatemouth's guitar on songs like the slow blues "Swamp Ghost" and the jumpin' "Gate Swings Again." He also brings crack talent to the proceedings in the form of illustrious sidemen like trumpeter Nicholas Payton and saxist Wes Anderson. Also, Quezergue's arrangements provide a smooth cushion for Brown's gruff vocals on Percy Mayfield's "Strange Things Happening" and "Guitar in My Hand," which, incidentally, was also on Brown's debut release. Over 50 years later, it still cooks. AMERICAN MUSIC, TEXAS STYLE will keep you swaying way into the night -- and marveling at this septuagenarian's sassy swing music.

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All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown was 74 when he recorded American Music, Texas Style, and the Texas bluesman made it clear that he still had plenty of energy. On this CD, Brown really emphasizes his love of jazz. Young hard bop players like trumpeter Nicholas Payton and alto saxman Wes Anderson are on board, and the veteran singer/guitarist offers no less than three standards from Duke Ellington's repertoire ("I'm Beginning to See the Light," "Don't Get Around Much Anymore," and son Mercer Ellington's "Things Ain't What They Used to Be") and two classics from Charlie Parker's years with Jay McShann ("Hootie Blues," "Jumpin' the Blues"). Meanwhile, the jazz influence is hard to miss on such fast jump blues as "Rock My Blues Away" and "Without Me Baby." Brown's voice is thinner than it used to be, but his guitar playing is as energetic as ever. While this CD isn't definitive, it's a good, solid effort that Brown can be proud of.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/29/1999
Label:
Verve
UPC:
0731454753623
catalogNumber:
547536

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown   Primary Artist,Fiddle,Guitar,Viola,Vocals
Tony Dagradi   Tenor Saxophone
Wessell Anderson   Alto Saxophone
Bobby Campo   Trumpet
Harold Floyd   Bass
Joe Krown   Organ,Piano,Keyboards
Peter McEachern   Trombone
Ray Moore   Alto Saxophone
Nicholas Payton   Trumpet
David Peters   Drums
Wardell Quezergue   Conductor
John Touchy   Trombone
Eric Traub   Tenor Saxophone
Eric Demmer   Alto Saxophone
Gene Gunulfsen   Vocals
Steve Suter   Trombone
Barney Floyd   Trumpet
Kaye Dorian   Vocals
Tony Frigo   Baritone Saxophone

Technical Credits

Mercer Ellington   Composer
Roy Hawkins   Composer
Mike Love   Composer
Terry Melcher   Composer
Jim Bateman   Producer
Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown   Producer
David Farrell   Engineer,Engineering
Wardell Quezergue   Arranger
Hollis King   Art Direction
Rebecca Meek   Graphic Design
Ted Persons   Composer

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American Music, Texas Style 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Might bore you at first if you're listening to this as background music. Sit down and listen and you may be amazed at the interplay of the musicians, especially the drummer, pianist and bassist. Remarkable