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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 ...
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Barnes & Noble - Roberta Penn
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.
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/29/1999
  • Label: Verve
  • UPC: 731454753623
  • Catalog Number: 547536

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown Primary Artist, 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
Duke Ellington Composer
David Farrell Engineer, Engineering
Jay Newland Mastering
Wardell Quezergue Arranger
Hollis King Art Direction
Rebecca Meek Graphic Design
Ted Persons Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Hidden Gem

    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

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