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All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
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...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
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.
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A nicely organized blend of styles including soul, R&B, blues and jazz. Washington is equal to the challenge and renders some great stuff.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/17/2003
  • Label: Northern Blues
  • UPC: 809509001620
  • Catalog Number: 16
  • Sales rank: 195,893

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
Hank Ballard Composer
Duke Robillard Producer
Don Robertson Composer
Gordon "Sax" Beadle Horn Arrangements
Doug James Horn Arrangements
Tom Keifer Composer
Huddie Ledbetter Composer
Toni Lynn Washington Liner Notes
Scott Aruda Horn Arrangements
Bruce Bears Producer
Thom Hiller Engineer
Patty Mitchell Liner Notes
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