Genuine Negro Jig

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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
The problem with flirting with old music styles in the digital speedway of the 21st century is the curse of revivalism, a tendency to reduce contemporary stresses and pressures to a perceived better time in the safe and distant past when things were simpler, clearer, and, well, more pure. But of course it's always now -- it's never then or when -- and musical revivalism can suffer from a kind of strictly enforced and ultimately empty artifice. A facsimile is still a facsimile -- it can never, by definition, be the thing itself. This is the dilemma for the Carolina Chocolate Drops, a contemporary string band trio who, under the watchful eye of mentor Joe Thompson, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
The problem with flirting with old music styles in the digital speedway of the 21st century is the curse of revivalism, a tendency to reduce contemporary stresses and pressures to a perceived better time in the safe and distant past when things were simpler, clearer, and, well, more pure. But of course it's always now -- it's never then or when -- and musical revivalism can suffer from a kind of strictly enforced and ultimately empty artifice. A facsimile is still a facsimile -- it can never, by definition, be the thing itself. This is the dilemma for the Carolina Chocolate Drops, a contemporary string band trio who, under the watchful eye of mentor Joe Thompson, re-create the look, feel, and sound of a 19th century black North Carolina fiddle and banjo band. Oh, and they do it well, with passion and integrity. But the problem is that it's not that hard to find the original recordings of the old black string bands, so why re-create them? There's the crack in the ice of music revivals. The original stuff -- this is the 21st century, after all, and the whole history of recorded music is readily available -- is still out there. Genuine Negro Jig doesn't rise above this conundrum, but with Joe Henry's clear, open-spaced and sparse production, it has a wonderful warmth and immediacy. The classic "Trouble in Your Mind," even with the flashback approach and instrumentation, sounds relevant to today's troubles. The gentle street ragtime of "Your Baby Ain't Sweet Like Mine" would sound just fine in any era, as would the delightful romp of "Cindy Gal," or the easy, natural blues of "Why Don't You Do Right?" Genuine Negro Jig is perfectly recorded, balanced between the best sound this century can deliver and the rustic, throwback feel of an old-time string band in action at a picnic, dance or rent party in the '30s. That's the accomplishment here. The next step, if the Carolina Chocolate Drops are willing to go there, is to stretch things from being a great facsimile to being a natural extension of an ongoing tradition. That's when revival changes into evolution.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/16/2010
  • Label: Nonesuch
  • UPC: 075597983982
  • Catalog Number: 516995
  • Sales rank: 48

Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Carolina Chocolate Drops Primary Artist
Rhiannon Giddens Fiddle, Kazoo, Vocals, 5-string Banjo
Dom Flemons Guitar, Bass Drums, Vocals, Jug, Foot Percussion, Throat Singing, 4-String Banjo
Sule Greg Wilson Percussion, Tambourine, Frame Drum
Justin Robinson Fiddle, Autoharp, Vocals, Hand Clapping, Beat Box, Foot Percussion
Technical Credits
Etta Baker Composer
Tom Waits Composer
Joe Henry Producer
Dallas Austin Composer
David Bither Executive Producer
Bob Ludwig Mastering
Joe McCoy Composer
Chris Colbourn Booking
Ryan Freeland Engineer
Timothy Duffy Management
Traditional Composer
Jules Arthur Paintings
Charlie Jackson Composer
Ronen Givony Editorial Coordinator
Rhiannon Giddens Arranger
Dom Flemons Arranger, Composer
Justin Robinson Arranger, Composer
Dolphus Ramseur Management
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Genuine toe tappin, knee knockin, rollickin fun!

    The CCDs are grand purveyors of music, history, inventiveness and boisterous fun! This CD is a celebration old timey African American jug and string band music through both traditional and unexpected new methods - banjo, bones and... R&B and tuvan throat singing? It works - they can even get sexy over cornbread and beans. Three dynamic, instrument-swapping virtuosos seek out and explore the original authors and soul behind old creations like Snowden's Jig (Genuine Negro Jig)- turning us on to haunting renditions of a musical era that has almost been lost, while building their own kind of folk expression.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 31, 2010

    Genuine talent and genuine heart!

    As good as these talented musicians are on this wonderful CD, they're even better in live performance. Do not miss the Carolina Chocolate Drops if you ever have a chance to see them perform.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    parody?

    I did not like this. Because of the way it was done, was it a parody or was the music these people liked to play. There was definitely some good parts and music is very good at spots, just could not tell if it was from the Heart.

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    Posted March 29, 2010

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