Blu. Black

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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Corey Harris takes a decidedly anthropological and academic approach to the blues, deeply researching its variants and origins, even making several trips to Africa to trace out its DNA (resulting in the marvelous Mississippi to Mali), but even as Harris thinks and connects dots like a scholar, when he gets down to playing the songs, he's all musician, and that leads him to create some wonderful hybrids, and he seems to have settled down lately with a sound that seems more Jamaican than anything else. Blu. Black starts with the lovely "Blue" and ends with a juke joint blues called "Black," so it's obvious what terrain Harris is mapping out here, but in between he gently ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Corey Harris takes a decidedly anthropological and academic approach to the blues, deeply researching its variants and origins, even making several trips to Africa to trace out its DNA (resulting in the marvelous Mississippi to Mali), but even as Harris thinks and connects dots like a scholar, when he gets down to playing the songs, he's all musician, and that leads him to create some wonderful hybrids, and he seems to have settled down lately with a sound that seems more Jamaican than anything else. Blu. Black starts with the lovely "Blue" and ends with a juke joint blues called "Black," so it's obvious what terrain Harris is mapping out here, but in between he gently works in some Americanized roots reggae, some quiet storm-type ballads, and odds and ends of other Afro-matrixed musical ephemera, and amazingly, he does it with a calm, assured, and extremely positive voice that is as welcome as it is vital. One hesitates to call this stuff blues, although it certainly is blues-informed (but then so is 99 percent of what you hear on the radio, really). A winning singer with an easy charm, Harris shines here on songs (most of them were co-written with keyboardist and producer Chris "Peanut" Whitley) like "King and Queen" (a duet with Davina Jackson), the straight-out-of-Kingston-sounding "Conquering Lion," the sunny skanking "Run Around Girl," and a moving, stark solo version of Burning Spear's "Columbus." It all goes down easy, and Harris' naturally positive tone makes this album yet another treat from this gifted musician.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/29/2009
  • Label: Telarc
  • UPC: 888072317956
  • Catalog Number: 31795
  • Sales rank: 125,796

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Black (3:51)
  2. 2 My Song (4:15)
  3. 3 Find a Way (3:53)
  4. 4 Conquering Lion (3:42)
  5. 5 Babylon Walls (2:47)
  6. 6 King and Queen (4:06)
  7. 7 So Good to Me (3:18)
  8. 8 Columbus (4:00)
  9. 9 Pimps and Thieves (3:39)
  10. 10 Blessed Seed (3:37)
  11. 11 Run Around Girl (4:11)
  12. 12 Backlash (3:49)
  13. 13 Every Time I Look at You (3:12)
  14. 14 Blues (4:28)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Corey Harris Primary Artist, Guitar, Tambourine, Vocals, Background Vocals
Chris Whitley Organ, Percussion, Piano, Keyboards, Clavinet
Davina Background Vocals
Andrew Seidel Percussion
Jeff Romano Hand Clapping
Darrell Rose Percussion
Gordon Jones Saxophone
Leslie James Drums
Technical Credits
Chris Whitley Composer, Producer
Winston Rodney Composer
Andrew Seidel Engineer
Corey Harris Composer
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