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Down in the Mood Room
     

Down in the Mood Room

by Jerry Portnoy
 
Harp master Jerry Portnoy give his blues a vintage swing on Down in the Mood Room, transporting listeners to the smoky jazz joints of a bygone era. This concept album is rewarding from start to finish, if you appreciate sultry jazz and blues played on the harp. Its classy retro tones will be a welcome change of pace for

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Harp master Jerry Portnoy give his blues a vintage swing on Down in the Mood Room, transporting listeners to the smoky jazz joints of a bygone era. This concept album is rewarding from start to finish, if you appreciate sultry jazz and blues played on the harp. Its classy retro tones will be a welcome change of pace for blues harp enthusiasts who like to mellow down easy. Producer Duke Robillard gives the album a wonderful vintage sound. Portnoy also proves he's no jazz slouch. On standards like "Lullaby of Birdland," "Canadian Sunset," "Sentimental Journey," and "Stormy Weather," his clarity of tone and sense of melody are remarkable, rivaling the original jazz harp impresario, Toots Thielemans. He doesn't just honk, he truly sings on this record. His harmonic and tonal gymnastics will amaze as well, as he jumps from a whisper to a wail in a single breath. The record's material is refreshingly diverse, while still common in theme. Beyond nostalgic ballads and blues, Portnoy cuts it up on a swinging rendition of Horace Silver's "Doodlin'" and several raucous originals. Highlights include his "Mood Room Boogie" and "Once Too Often." His noir-ish "Endless Road" is also a bona fide classic. Another nice surprise: Portnoy and Robillard's campy yet cool vocals, reminiscent of Cab Calloway. Robillard's reading of "You Rascal You" is priceless. This is jazz and blues in their pure form from two greats.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/19/2002
Label:
Tiny Town
UPC:
0656613375525
catalogNumber:
2011
Rank:
91605

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jerry Portnoy   Primary Artist,Harmonica,Vocals
Duke Robillard   Guitar,Vocals
Mark Davis   Fiddle,Mandolin,Mandocello
Marty Ballou   Bass
Gordon "Sax" Beadle   Tenor Saxophone
Doug James   Bass Clarinet,Baritone Saxophone
Steve Ramsay   Drums
Troy Gonyea   Guitar
Bob Malone   Vocals
Mark Davis   Fiddle,Mandolin,Mandocello

Technical Credits

Duke Robillard   Producer,Cover Photo
Brown   Composer
Berry Gordy   Composer
Ben Homer   Composer
Janie Bradford   Composer
James V. Monaco   Composer
Tom Ellis   Liner Notes
Thom Hiller   Engineer
Tom Hiller   Engineer

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