Indigo Blue

Indigo Blue

by Hank Crawford
     
 
Hank Crawford's Indigo Blue was released in August of 1983, less than a year after his excellent comeback set, Midnight Ramble, and proves that his renewed sense of creativity was no fluke. Here he teams once more with Dr. John on piano and organ and drummer Bernard Purdie. Melvin Sparks took over

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Hank Crawford's Indigo Blue was released in August of 1983, less than a year after his excellent comeback set, Midnight Ramble, and proves that his renewed sense of creativity was no fluke. Here he teams once more with Dr. John on piano and organ and drummer Bernard Purdie. Melvin Sparks took over the guitar chair from Calvin Newborn, and Wilber Bascombe, Jr. holds down the rhythm section on bass. In addition, a horn section that includes David "Fathead" Newman, Danny Moore, Howard Johnson, and Martin Banks, arranged by Crawford, follows the same recipe as Midnight Ramble. The performances here are solid, truly impressive. Crawford plays sweet and slow as well as honking mean in getting at the root source of straight-ahead jazz and soul-jazz: the blues. And speaking of blues, the opener, "All Alone and Blue," is a barrelhouse of nasty guitar and organ work with Crawford's alto walking the bar while playing a mean solo. It's quite a changeup to open a set with -- but the only other thing you could do is close with it. This is followed by a gorgeous reading of Ray Noble's "The Very Thought of You," all slow, deep, and refined with only Crawford's alto allowed to bring in the edges. But there are more surprises as Crawford and band tackle Willie Nelson's "Funny" and reveal both the blues and jazz roots in the tune. The swing between Dr. John and Sparks in the title track is truly canny, and Crawford's response in blowing shows it. This one is in the cut, and the groove is everywhere. The bittersweet ballad "Just for a Thrill" ends the set, with some of the sweetest and most lyrical piano and alto playing either man had done on a record until that time. Indigo Blue is a winner; it's hungry and elegant, sophisticated and swaggering. It's a trademark recording by Hank Crawford.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/11/1991
Label:
Milestone
UPC:
0025218911924
catalogNumber:
9119

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Performance Credits

Hank Crawford   Primary Artist,Conductor,Electric Piano,Saxophone,Alto Saxophone
Dr. John   Organ,Piano
Howard Johnson   Tuba,Baritone Saxophone
Danny Moore   Trumpet
Melvin Sparks   Guitar
Martin Banks   Trumpet
David "Fathead" Newman   Tenor Saxophone
Bernard "Pretty" Purdie   Drums
Danny Moore   Trumpet
Wilbur Bascomb   Bass

Technical Credits

Hank Crawford   Arranger
Mercer Ellington   Composer
Malcolm Addey   Engineer
Bob Porter   Producer
Don Raye   Composer
Phil Carroll   Art Direction
Fred Goodman   Liner Notes
Lil Hardin Armstrong   Composer

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