Friends

Friends

by Eric Bibb
     
 

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Friends is the accurate and revealing title for New York bluesman Eric Bibb's tenth album since 1997. There are 15 cuts here, each of them featuring rootsy folk and blues collaborations with different "friends" in differing small group settings. The set starts with a killer acoustic slide duet between Bibb and Guy Davis on the nugget "99 ½ Won't Do." TheSee more details below

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Friends is the accurate and revealing title for New York bluesman Eric Bibb's tenth album since 1997. There are 15 cuts here, each of them featuring rootsy folk and blues collaborations with different "friends" in differing small group settings. The set starts with a killer acoustic slide duet between Bibb and Guy Davis on the nugget "99 ½ Won't Do." The contrast between Davis' sweet and smoky delivery and Bibb's husky wail -- akin to Blind Willie Johnson's in places -- offers a double-sided dimension in interpretation for the listener, as well. Elsewhere, Charlie Musselwhite gives a killer snaky harmonica performance on "Six O' Clock Blues." Taj Mahal makes two appearances; one in a duet on "Goin' Down Slow," and one in a trio with Bibb and Malian guitarist Djelimady Tounkara on a medley of the traditional "Kulanjan" and Bibb's own "Sebastian's Tune." Speaking of Mali, and Mahal, Bibb also covers the elder bluesman's classic "Lovin' in My Baby's Eyes," with the great kora player Mamadou Diabate that rivals the original. There's also a gorgeous version of Guy and Susanna Clark's "The Cape," with guitarist Martin Simpson, Bibb's moving "For You" with Ruthie Foster, and "Tain't No Such Thing," a bright new folk song written and sung with legendary folksinger Odetta. Mohan Veena ace Harry Manx performs with Bibb on the high lonesome, droning blues of "Needed Time," and with Kristina Olsen on her "If I Stayed." The set closes with the tender "Dance Me to the End of Love," (an original, not the Leonard Cohen tune) with the Lovin' Spoonful's Jerry Yester playing piano. In addition to the many performers on this collection, there are 15 different engineers! Given that most records of this type are mixed bags at best, with "star-studded" collabs serving to muck up or water down rather than enhance performances, Friends is an anomaly. There is nothing that's obvious or overblown here, everything is subtly shaded, and the performers serve the songs and not themselves. The listener gets no sense of back-patting or self-congratulation, only the great pleasure of hearing this music in a revealing, emotionally honest way. Bravo.

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Product Details

Release Date:
11/09/2010
Label:
Imports
UPC:
5038787201520
catalogNumber:
924152
Rank:
66178

Tracks

  1. 99½ Won't Do  - Eric Bibb
  2. Six O'Clock Blues  - Eric Bibb
  3. Goin' Down Slow  - Eric Bibb
  4. Lovin' in My Baby's Eyes  - Mamadou Diabate
  5. For You  - Ruthie Foster
  6. The Cape  - Eric Bibb
  7. 'Tain't Such a Much  - Eric Bibb
  8. Needed Time  - Harry Manx
  9. If I Stayed  - Eric Bibb
  10. Connected  - Michael Jerome Browne
  11. Ribbons and Bows  - Byron Myhre
  12. Just Look Up  - Michael Jerome Browne
  13. Cowgirl Queen  - Eric Bibb
  14. Kulanjan/Sebastian's Tune  - Eric Bibb
  15. Dance Me to the End of Love  - Eric Bibb

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Eric Bibb   Primary Artist,Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals,12-string Guitar,Hi String,Guitar (Tenor)
Charlie Musselwhite   Harmonica,Amplified Harmonica
Odetta   Vocals
Taj Mahal   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals,Fretless Banjo
Martin Simpson   Guitar,Slide Guitar
Kristina Olsen   Concertina,Vocals
Casey Cassone   Percussion
Bill Lee   Double Bass,String Bass
Djelimady Tounkara   Guitar
Jerry Yester   Piano
Led Kaapana   Ukulele,Soloist
Guy Davis   Harmonica,Vocals,12-string Guitar,Guitar (12 String Acoustic)
Odetta Felious Gordon   Vocals
Kuljit Bhamra   Tabla
Leon C.   Bass,Percussion,Bass Drums
Pete Thompson   Drums,Snare Drums,Hi Hat
Mamadou Diabate   Kora
Harry Manx   Mohan Vina
Michael Jerome Browne   Fiddle,Vocals,12-string Guitar,Slide Guitar,Mandola
Ruthie Foster   Vocals
Janne Petersson   Piano,Accordion
Byron Myhre   Mandolin,Violin
Levi B. Saunders   Banjo,Loops,Drum Loop
Thomas Slaymaker   Slide Guitar
Janne Peterson   Piano,Accordion

Technical Credits

Taj Mahal   Composer
Guy Clark   Composer
Kristina Olsen   Composer,Engineer
Denis Blackham   Mastering
Susanna Clark   Composer
Tom Phillips   Composer
Jerry Yester   Engineer
Dan Lawrence   Engineer
Guy Davis   Arranger
Mark Tierney   Engineer
James Burke Oden   Composer
Eric Bibb   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Leon C.   Programming,Producer
Steve Lowe   Engineer
Traditional   Composer
Jim Rusby   Engineer
Bronze   Arranger
Ron Litschauer   Engineer
Mike Yoder   Graphic Design
Dylan Gallagher   Engineer
Ron Hatrick   Engineer
Rob Hewes   Engineer
Levi B. Saunders   Engineer,Percussion Programming
Will Russell   Engineer
Jim Janosky   Composer
Harry Gale   Engineer

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