Bywater Dance

Bywater Dance

by Mary Flower
     
 

It's not just that Mary Flower fingerpicks an elegantly mean fingerstyle blues, ragtime, and jazz guitar. And it's not just the gentle, controlled warmth of her voice. There's something else special going on here, and it may have to do with the fact that she traveled from her home base of Portland to a studio on the south end of New…  See more details below

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It's not just that Mary Flower fingerpicks an elegantly mean fingerstyle blues, ragtime, and jazz guitar. And it's not just the gentle, controlled warmth of her voice. There's something else special going on here, and it may have to do with the fact that she traveled from her home base of Portland to a studio on the south end of New Orleans to make this record, and was joined in the process by such local A-listers as Henry Butler (piano), Jon Cleary (piano, organ), and Dr. Michael White (clarinet). The music that came out of these sessions is unfailingly sweet, hot, and sassy -- not a single track fails to impress and several are deeply moving. Her rendition of "Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?" is brilliant, and her original guitar composition "La Grippe" is both subtly complex and viscerally exciting. Check out the wonderful brass band accompaniment that fills up the space behind her guitar on "New Orleans Hop Scop Blues" and Cleary's spooky Hammond organ on the dark "Last Kind Word Blues." But every track on this album has something about it that will give you shivers, and taken as a whole this is one of the most satisfying albums of the year.

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Product Details

Release Date:
09/13/2005
Label:
Yellow Dog Records
UPC:
0823800124222
catalogNumber:
21242
Rank:
335280

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Mary Flower   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals,Slide Guitar
Henry Butler   Piano
Michael White   Clarinet
Tim Laughlin   Clarinet
Jon Cleary   Piano,Hammond Organ,Hammond B3
Kirk Joseph   Sousaphone
Woody Mann   Guitar
Amasa Miller   Piano,Accordion
Matt Perrine   Sousaphone,String Bass
Kerry Lewis   String Bass
Kevin O'Day   Snare Drums

Technical Credits

Mark Bingham   Producer,Engineer
Spencer Bohren   Liner Notes
Mary Flower   Producer,Liner Notes
John Fischbach   Engineer
E.Y. "Yip" Harburg   Composer
Don Sternecker   Engineer
Bruce Robertson   Engineer
Traditional   Composer
Brooke Barnett   Graphic Design
Drew Vonderhaar   Engineer

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