Blues Beyond Borders: Live In Istanbul

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All Music Guide - J. Poet
This live CD/DVD combo was recorded at the Efes Blues Festival in Turkey in 2010 and shows Mitch Woods and his band in top form. This time the Rocket 88s include sax man Amadee Castenell from Allen Toussaint's band, John Cleary associate Cornell Williams on bass, Rhythmtown Jive guitarist Adam Gabriel, and legendary Oakland drummer Larry Vann (Elvin Bishop, Charles Brown, Merl Saunders). The band roars through a collection of Woods classics and carefully selected covers, many of them with a New Orleans flavor. Woods gives every member of his team a chance to shine, and keeps things moving along at a brisk pace. The jumpin' jive of "Down Boy Down" suggests a late-night juke ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - J. Poet
This live CD/DVD combo was recorded at the Efes Blues Festival in Turkey in 2010 and shows Mitch Woods and his band in top form. This time the Rocket 88s include sax man Amadee Castenell from Allen Toussaint's band, John Cleary associate Cornell Williams on bass, Rhythmtown Jive guitarist Adam Gabriel, and legendary Oakland drummer Larry Vann (Elvin Bishop, Charles Brown, Merl Saunders). The band roars through a collection of Woods classics and carefully selected covers, many of them with a New Orleans flavor. Woods gives every member of his team a chance to shine, and keeps things moving along at a brisk pace. The jumpin' jive of "Down Boy Down" suggests a late-night juke joint with its exuberant energy. "Long, Lean & Lanky" brings to mind an unheard track from a Specialty Records session in the '50s, and allows Woods to show off his improvisational chops and Elvis imitation. "Mojo Mambo" dips beep into New Orleans funk and features Vann's syncopated second-line timekeeping. The keystone track is a medley that combines the Professor Longhair standard "In the Night" with "Lambaya Puf De," a hit by the late Baris Manço, Turkey's biggest rock star. Woods opens with a straightforward reading of the Longhair tune featuring Castenell's lyrical improvisations, bluesy guitar from Gabriel, a funky bass solo from Williams, and Vann's extended drum solo. When they shift into "Lambaya Puf De" the crowd goes wild. Gabriel sings the lyric in his best Turkish and adds some tasty Turkish-influenced fills to the arrangement. The DVD shows footage of the same set that's on the CD, interspersed with scenes of the band on the road. Woods narrates and marvels about the warmth and hospitality of the Turkish people. It's interesting to see the crowd's reaction to the band's version of "Lambaya Puf De" and to note how young and Western the crowd is. The extras include more home movie-style footage of the band visiting the sights, eating in restaurants, and folk dancing with other customers. There's a profile of the Turkish road crew and a slide show of photos taken by bandmembers. It's all pleasantly interesting, but the real attraction is the music Woods and the band lay down and the living proof of the old cliché that music really is a universal language.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/30/2012
  • Label: Vizz Tone
  • UPC: 634457574229
  • Catalog Number: 8812
  • Sales rank: 114,576

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Introduction (0:40)
  2. 2 Solid Gold Cadillac (4:03)
  3. 3 Down Boy Down (3:23)
  4. 4 Mojo Mambo (5:12)
  5. 5 Boogie Woogie Bar B-Q (4:43)
  6. 6 I Got a New Car (5:10)
  7. 7 What Can I Do (2:50)
  8. 8 Queen Bee (5:27)
  9. 9 Crawfishin' (4:05)
  10. 10 Long, Lean & Lanky (5:06)
  11. 11 Third Degree (8:53)
  12. 12 Rocket 88 (3:42)
  13. 13 In the Night/Lambaya Puf De (10:08)
  14. 14 House of Blue Lights (5:28)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Solid Gold Cadillac
  2. 2 The Journey
  3. 3 Down Boy Down
  4. 4 Mojo Mambo
  5. 5 Boogie Woogie Bar-B-Q
  6. 6 Exploring
  7. 7 I Got a New Car
  8. 8 What Can I Do
  9. 9 Queen Bee
  10. 10 The Culture
  11. 11 Crawfishin'
  12. 12 Long Lean & Lanky
  13. 13 Third Degree
  14. 14 Rocket 88
  15. 15 The Night/Lambaya Puf De
  16. 16 House of Blue Lights
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Mitch Woods Primary Artist, Piano, Vocals
Amadee Castenell Jr. Saxophone, Background Vocals, Group Member
Larry Vann Drums, Group Member
Cornell Williams Bass, Vocals, Group Member
Adam Gabriel Guitar, Background Vocals, Group Member
Technical Credits
Eddie Boyd Composer
Willie Dixon Composer
Roy Milton Composer
Mitch Woods Composer, Producer, Videography
Freddie Slack Composer
Jackie Brenston Composer
Roy Byrd Composer
Henry Glover Composer
Don Raye Composer
René Leon Composer
Baris Manço Composer
Rocket 88s Instrumentation
Lou Fuiano Artwork
Fred Weismentel Composer
Canan Zehir Tour Manager
Uluc Dundar Production Director
Jeff Roth Producer
Ghokan Kali Videography
Esra Ocak Videography
Erin "Big Boy" Groves Jr. Composer
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