Hands Across the Table

Hands Across the Table

by Sugar Ray & the Bluetones
     
 

Ray Norcia is known as a blues harmonica ace, but when all is said and done, his greatest strength may well be his voice, and when he sings at his best, he brings a touch of country and a little bit of jazz swing to the blues. Hands Across the Table, his third release on David Earl's SevernSee more details below

Overview

Ray Norcia is known as a blues harmonica ace, but when all is said and done, his greatest strength may well be his voice, and when he sings at his best, he brings a touch of country and a little bit of jazz swing to the blues. Hands Across the Table, his third release on David Earl's Severn Records, and the first to feature new guitarist Paul Size, doesn't push for too much. There's plenty of harp soloing here, naturally, and things are helped out immensely by the presence of the Providence Horns on several tracks, which adds a solid punch to the rhythm section, but things don't really rise much above journeyman blues until halfway through the album when Norcia decides to let in the country R&B on the Fats Domino-styled reworking of Frankie Laine's "That's My Desire." A case could be made that Norcia is the Charlie Rich of East Coast blues, and on "I Wanna Marry You Girl" his vocal strikes close to the spot where country and the blues still have a shared agenda. His voice even sounds a little bit like the great Jack Teagarden on the two best tracks here, the jazzy "River Stay 'Way from My Door" and the magnificent "The Last Blues Song," which features the subtle and perfectly nuanced phrasing of a master vocalist. No one is suggesting that Norcia toss away his harps -- his driving (but not overdriven) tone on harmonica is always a plus -- but this man can sing, and not just the blues.

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Product Details

Release Date:
03/22/2005
Label:
Severn
UPC:
0649435003325
catalogNumber:
33
Rank:
234785

Tracks

  1. Hands Across the Table  -  Sugar Ray & the Bluetones
  2. I Done Got Wise  -  Sugar Ray & the Bluetones
  3. Dark Roads Calling  -  Sugar Ray & the Bluetones
  4. Livin' a Lie  -  Sugar Ray & the Bluetones
  5. Cloud Cover  -  Sugar Ray & the Bluetones
  6. Say You Love Me (Before I Hang Up)  -  Sugar Ray & the Bluetones
  7. That's My Desire  -  Sugar Ray & the Bluetones
  8. (I'm Gonna Break Into) Folsom Prison  -  Sugar Ray & the Bluetones
  9. I Wanna Marry You Girl  -  Sugar Ray & the Bluetones
  10. I Won't Leave Home No More  -  Sugar Ray & the Bluetones
  11. River Stay 'Way from My Door  -  Sugar Ray & the Bluetones
  12. The Last Blues Song  -  Sugar Ray & the Bluetones
  13. End Time  -  Sugar Ray & the Bluetones

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Sugar Ray & the Bluetones   Primary Artist
Sugar Ray Norcia   Indexed Contributor,Harmonica,Vocals
Anthony Geraci   Piano
Neil Gouvin   Drums
Doug James   Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Carl Querfurth   Trombone,Guest Appearance
Mudcat Ward   Electric Bass,Acoustic Bass
Paul "The Kid" Size   Guitar
Providence Horns   Ensemble
Paul Size   Guitar

Technical Credits

Sugar Ray Norcia   Composer
Charlie Pilzer   Mastering
Sugar Ray & the Bluetones   Audio Production
David Earl   Producer,Audio Production
Jack Gauthier   Engineer
Mudcat Ward   Liner Notes
Mort Dixon   Composer
Harry Woods   Composer
J. Edward Hoy   Composer
M. Ward   Composer

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