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Been So Long
     

Been So Long

by Toni Lynn Washington
 
Since coming back on the national blues/R&B scene in the mid 1990s, Toni Lynn Washington has released an album every two or three years, working mainly with members of the thriving scene around her home base of Boston. Her first album for the Canadian Northern Blues label finds her collaborating with guitarist and producer

Overview

Since coming back on the national blues/R&B scene in the mid 1990s, Toni Lynn Washington has released an album every two or three years, working mainly with members of the thriving scene around her home base of Boston. Her first album for the Canadian Northern Blues label finds her collaborating with guitarist and producer Duke Robillard, on what amounts to a tribute to her forebears, performing classic songs associated with the likes of Ruth Brown, Ma Rainey and Dinah Washington. As always, she shows herself to be equally at ease on slow-rocking blues numbers like Bessie Smith's"Back Water Blues," the sassy, strutting "I Don't Hurt Anymore," the Memphis-style R&B "Everyday Will Be Like a Holiday," and spiced-up jazz standards, as on an interesting mid-tempo arrangement of "Willow Weep for Me." Her rendition of the Gamble and Huff song "It's Been a Long Time (Been So Long)" is, well, a bit too long; it doesn't have enough musical or lyrical substance to sustain a rendition that lasts over five minutes. But that's just about the only weak moment on this fine album. At an age when most people are settling into retirement, Toni Lynn Washington appears to just be hitting her stride.

Editorial Reviews

jazzreview.com
A nicely organized blend of styles including soul, R&B, blues and jazz. Washington is equal to the challenge and renders some great stuff.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/17/2003
Label:
Northern Blues
UPC:
0809509001620
catalogNumber:
16
Rank:
229479

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Toni Lynn Washington   Primary Artist,Vocals
Duke Robillard   Guitar
Gordon "Sax" Beadle   Baritone Saxophone
Doug James   Baritone Saxophone
Scott Aruda   Trumpet
Bruce Bears   Keyboards
Warren David Grant   Drums
Mark Texeira   Drums
Louise Ulrich   Bass
Jesse Williams   Bass
Kevin Belz   Guitar
Steve Cuoco   Bass

Technical Credits

Earl King   Composer
Bessie Smith   Composer
Hank Ballard   Composer
William Bell   Composer
Duke Robillard   Producer
Matt Dennis   Composer
Buddy Johnson   Composer
Don Robertson   Composer
Gordon "Sax" Beadle   Horn Arrangements
Ernie Cate   Composer
Doug James   Horn Arrangements
Booker T. Jones   Composer
Huddie Ledbetter   Composer
Leroy Preston   Composer
Toni Lynn Washington   Liner Notes
George Ducas   Composer
Scott Aruda   Horn Arrangements
Bruce Bears   Producer
Jon Pousette-Dart   Composer
Ty Tyler   Composer
Ann Ronell   Composer
Earl Brent   Composer
Ted Jarrett   Composer
Thom Hiller   Engineer
Patty Mitchell   Liner Notes

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