Born 2B Blue

Born 2B Blue

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by Steve Miller
     
 
Disregard the fact that the "space" in Steve Miller's "space blues" was a large part of why he had his own distinctive musical identity, because if you're going into 1988's Born 2B Blue looking for a return to his trademark space blues, or even a revitalization of his roots, you'll be sorely disappointed. In fact, this isn't even a blues album -- it's a jazz

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Disregard the fact that the "space" in Steve Miller's "space blues" was a large part of why he had his own distinctive musical identity, because if you're going into 1988's Born 2B Blue looking for a return to his trademark space blues, or even a revitalization of his roots, you'll be sorely disappointed. In fact, this isn't even a blues album -- it's a jazz album, pitched halfway between soul-jazz and smooth jazz. He's able to draft such heavy-hitters as Phil Woods and Milt Jackson for guest spots, and his taste in material is quite nice, balancing the overly familiar ("Willow Weep for Me," "God Bless the Child") with relatively obscure R&B cuts ("Ya Ya," "Mary Ann") and selections that demonstrate that he's a genuine fan, such as Horace Silver's "Filthy McNasty." Now, does all this make Born 2B Blue a worthwhile genre exercise? Well, in a sense, it does, since Miller is passionate as he can be, turning in charmingly laid-back performances that may not be noteworthy, but are pleasant as can be. So, it winds up being something that's modestly impressive and enjoyable as it's playing, but no matter what its virtues are, it's more noteworthy for what it is than what it gives.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/25/1990
Label:
Capitol
UPC:
0077774830324
catalogNumber:
48303

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Steve Miller   Primary Artist,Synthesizer,Guitar,Harmonica,Keyboards,Vocals
Milt Jackson   Background Vocals,Vibes
Bob Malach   Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Ricky Peterson   Synthesizer
Steve Faison   Percussion,Piano
Gordon Knudtson   Drums
Bruce Paulson   Trombone
Bill Peterson   Bass
Ben Sidran   Keyboards
Phil Woods   Saxophone,Alto Saxophone
Billy Peterson   Bass

Technical Credits

Ray Charles   Composer
Lee Dorsey   Composer
Ricky Peterson   Arranger,Programming
Horace Silver   Composer
Mel Tormé   Composer
Washington   Composer
Billie Holiday   Composer
Steve Croes   Engineer
Peter Doell   Engineer
Brad Gilderman   Engineer
Ian Hampton   Composer
Arthur Herzog   Composer
Gordon Knudtson   Arranger
Morris Levy   Composer
C. Lewis   Composer
Clarence Lewis   Composer
Steve Miller   Arranger,Producer,Liner Notes
Bill Peterson   Arranger
Morgan Robinson   Composer
Ben Sidran   Arranger,Producer,Liner Notes
Steve Wiese   Engineer,Remixing
Allie Wrubel   Composer
Brown   Composer
M. Fisher   Composer
B.A.S.S.   Composer
Rick Fisher   Engineer
R. Gilbert   Composer
R. Holiday   Composer
R. Kynard   Composer
M. Levy   Composer
J. Segal   Composer
R. Wells   Composer
Tommy Steele   Art Direction
Peter Darmi   Engineer
Peter Straub   Liner Notes
Thornton   Composer
Ann Ronnell   Composer

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Born 2B Blue 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
1jazzy1 More than 1 year ago
I wanted to give this excellent cd to a good friend, but it's not available right now. Hopefully more will be in stock soon? Guess I'll have to lend her mine!