Essential Recordings: The Great Johnny Adams Jazz Album

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
If any label has the means to exploit its catalog, it's Rounder, and in its Perfect Ten series, the label picked ten of its best-known artists and chose representative selections from what they issued. Most of these artists -- Ruth Brown, Ted Hawkins, Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown, Loudon Wainwright III, Solomon Burke, Duke Robillard, Mississippi John Hurt, Johnny Copeland, Tracy Nelson, as well as the subject of this collection, the great Johnny Adams -- did record better material elsewhere, but the sides chosen do capture them at particular and sometimes poignant and important places in their careers. This set by Adams is unusual in that it covers not his signature rhythm ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
If any label has the means to exploit its catalog, it's Rounder, and in its Perfect Ten series, the label picked ten of its best-known artists and chose representative selections from what they issued. Most of these artists -- Ruth Brown, Ted Hawkins, Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown, Loudon Wainwright III, Solomon Burke, Duke Robillard, Mississippi John Hurt, Johnny Copeland, Tracy Nelson, as well as the subject of this collection, the great Johnny Adams -- did record better material elsewhere, but the sides chosen do capture them at particular and sometimes poignant and important places in their careers. This set by Adams is unusual in that it covers not his signature rhythm & blues and soul shouting styles -- those he is by far best known for -- but his wonderfully articulate dip into jazz in the mid-'90s. These cuts are culled from three albums cut between 1993 and 1996, all of which were recorded in New Orleans and feature many excellent studio sidemen, among them Dr. Lonnie Smith on the B-3, Donald Harrison on alto saxophone, the great soul-jazz guitarist Jimmy Ponder, tenor boss Houston Person, Harry Connick, Jr., and baritone saxophonist Kidd Jordan, to name a few. The arrangements on a pair of these cuts -- "Come Rain or Come Shine" and "Good Morning Heartache" -- were handled by Crescent City legend Wardell Quezergue. This set walks a beautiful line between blues, jazz, and a soulful kind of swing. While it may not be representative of the rest of Adams career, it is a wonderful departure and well worth checking out.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/28/2009
  • Label: Rounder / Umgd
  • UPC: 011661218420
  • Catalog Number: 612184
  • Sales rank: 131,414

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Johnny Adams Primary Artist, Vocals, Mouth Trombone
Walter "Wolfman" Washington Guitar
Harry Connick Jr. Piano
Tony Dagradi Tenor Saxophone
Steve Masakowski Guitar (7 String Acoustic)
Houston Person Tenor Saxophone
Jimmy Ponder Guitar
David Torkanowsky Piano, Keyboards
George Jackson Conga
Wilbert "Junkyard Dog" Arnold Drums
Maynard Chatters Trombone
Darrel Francis SR. Bass
Donald Harrison Alto Saxophone
Edward "Kidd" Jordan Baritone Saxophone
Clyde Kerr Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Shannon Powell Drums
Wardell Quezergue Conductor
Joe Saulsbury Jr. Alto Saxophone
Jamil Sharif Trumpet
James Singleton Bass, Bass Guitar
Dr. Lonnie Smith Hammond Organ, Hammond B3
Alvin "Red" Tyler Tenor Saxophone
Johnny Vidacovich Drums
Craig Wroten Piano
Ed Petersen Tenor Saxophone
Technical Credits
Percy Mayfield Composer
Harold Arlen Composer
Redd Evans Composer
David Farrell Engineer
Jay Gallagher Engineer
Johnny Green Composer
Edward Heyman Composer
Johnny Mercer Composer
Cole Porter Composer
Wardell Quezergue Arranger
Jonathan Wyner Mastering
Ted Koehler Composer
Dan Fisher Composer
Arthur Kent Composer
Sidney Keith Russell Composer
Roger Ebacher Composer
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