In the Here and Now

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All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
Tracy Nelson has always brought a wealth of blues feeling to her work, but being bluesy doesn't necessarily mean that one is actually singing the blues -- one can certainly bring the feeling of the blues to rock, R&B, reggae, country, bluegrass, zydeco, or jazz all of which have been affected by the blues. In fact, Nelson has often showed listeners just how blues-minded rock, soul, or country can be. In the Here and Now, however, isn't just bluesy -- it is blues-oriented, and this time, there are plenty of tracks that actually have 12 bars. Nelson, who was 45 when this album came out in 1993, really soars on passionate performances of "Motherless Child Blues" and "Go...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
Tracy Nelson has always brought a wealth of blues feeling to her work, but being bluesy doesn't necessarily mean that one is actually singing the blues -- one can certainly bring the feeling of the blues to rock, R&B, reggae, country, bluegrass, zydeco, or jazz all of which have been affected by the blues. In fact, Nelson has often showed listeners just how blues-minded rock, soul, or country can be. In the Here and Now, however, isn't just bluesy -- it is blues-oriented, and this time, there are plenty of tracks that actually have 12 bars. Nelson, who was 45 when this album came out in 1993, really soars on passionate performances of "Motherless Child Blues" and "Go Down Sunshine" as well as Chicago blues gems like Elmore James' "It Hurts Me Too" and Willie Dixon's "Whatever I Am, You Made Me." And Nelson never sounded more confident than she does on "Please Send Me Someone to Love," which finds her performing a duet with veteran New Orleans soul great Irma Thomas. This Percy Mayfield classic, which was first recorded in 1950, is one of those standards that has been beaten to death over the years -- as great as the song is, there is such a thing as overkill. But Nelson and Thomas manage to make the tune sound fresh and vital, which is impressive because their 1993 version was recorded 43 years after the original version. Nelson, in fact, was only two years old when Mayfield first recorded "Please Send Me Someone to Love." In the Here and Now is hardly the only Nelson CD that is worth owning, but it is safe to say that it is among the strongest albums that she provided in the '90s.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/19/1993
  • Label: Rounder / Umgd
  • UPC: 011661312326
  • Catalog Number: 613123
  • Sales rank: 248,705

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Tracy Nelson Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Vocals, Background Vocals
Charlie Musselwhite Harp
Irma Thomas Vocals
Mike Henderson Guitar, Harp
Bill Allen Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part
Nanette Britt Background Vocals
Crispin Cioe Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone
Pebble Daniel Background Vocals
Mike Doster Bass
Ron Eoff Bass
Laurence Etkin Trumpet
Bob Funk Trombone
John Gardner Drums
Jonell Mosser Background Vocals
Gary Nicholson Guitar
Toni Sehulster Bass
Uptown Horns Group
Greg Wetzel Piano
Reese Wynans Organ, Piano
Arno Hecht Tenor Saxophone
Technical Credits
Scott Billington Engineer
David Farrell Engineer
Thomas Goldsmith Producer
Tommy Goldsmith Producer
Gary Laney Engineer
Nick Prout Engineer
Denny Purcell Mastering
Derek Richardson Liner Notes
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