Branch to Branch

Branch to Branch

by Leon Redbone
     
 
This is as extravagant and complicated a studio production as any of Leon Redbone's releases. Complete details about the musicians involved in each session are printed in miniscule yellow type of the eyestrain-inducing variety, perhaps a gesture at making younger listeners feel more sympathetic to the elderly music fans who would have been old enough to remember some

Overview

This is as extravagant and complicated a studio production as any of Leon Redbone's releases. Complete details about the musicians involved in each session are printed in miniscule yellow type of the eyestrain-inducing variety, perhaps a gesture at making younger listeners feel more sympathetic to the elderly music fans who would have been old enough to remember some of this material first-hand even back in the early '80s. Other songs are so familiar that recognition is not an issue; the question would be more appropriately, why bother? But questions of taste are not really a subject for this performer, who once having established his shtick and the prerequisite of technical talent required to pull it off, created albums that inevitably mix the sublime with the totally boring. Disastrous moves here include a weak Hank Williams cover, since expressing sincere emotion is not really in Redbone's bones. "Prairie Lullaby" is pretty sappy as well, and not really the sort of thing someone as immersed in vintage music as Redbone should have wanted to create. The tracks featuring Dr. John come off much better, examples of rollicking interplay that producer Beryl Handler, whose name even implies a hands-on touch, is wise to leave in a fairly spontaneous mode. While Redbone's performance of "My Blue Heaven" is fairly hack, a good rhythm section with bassist Bob Cranshaw and drummer Grady Tate certainly does a good job on the backup.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/25/1990
Label:
Atco
UPC:
0075679042521
catalogNumber:
38136
Rank:
19285

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Leon Redbone   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Dr. John   Piano,Drums,Hambone
Grady Tate   Drums
Vince Giordano   Drums,Bass Saxophone
Bob Cranshaw   Bass
Michael Braun   Drums
Jonathan Dorn   Tuba
Dick Halligan   Leader
Mitch Holder   Guitar
Ralph Humphrey   Drums
Jack Maheu   Clarinet
Timothy May   Banjo
Victor Morosco   Clarinet
Robert Payne   Trombone
Jim Rothermel   Clarinet,Saxophone
Jim Self   Tuba
Terry Waldo   Piano
Bobby Gordon   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Ed Polcer   Trumpet
Howard Pfeifer   Keyboards
Tom Artin   Trombone

Technical Credits

Leon Redbone   Arranger,Producer
Joel Dorn   Producer
William S. Fischer   String Arrangements
Dick Halligan   Arranger
Beryl Handler   Producer
Vince McGarry   Engineer
Fred Rose   Composer
Ed Sprigg   Engineer
Sandi Young   Art Direction
Michael Horen   Cover Art
George A. Little   Composer
Public Domain   Composer
Peter Frost   Composer
Mary L. Rodgers   Composer

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