Looks Like Up

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All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
Some people have a hard time appreciating subtlety, restraint, and understatement -- that's why many New York jazz critics of the 1950s didn't understand cool school greats like Chet Baker, Stan Getz, Gerry Mulligan, and Lee Konitz. Those guys didn't shout to get your attention, and the journalists who dismissed them expected shouting. John Train doesn't shout either; if Looks Like Up was a jazz release, it would probably be labeled cool jazz. But this Philadelphia band doesn't provide jazz; its forte is a twangy, country-influenced style of folk-rock, and the Pennsylvanians use subtlety to their creative advantage throughout this appealing CD. Because the songs tend to ...
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All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
Some people have a hard time appreciating subtlety, restraint, and understatement -- that's why many New York jazz critics of the 1950s didn't understand cool school greats like Chet Baker, Stan Getz, Gerry Mulligan, and Lee Konitz. Those guys didn't shout to get your attention, and the journalists who dismissed them expected shouting. John Train doesn't shout either; if Looks Like Up was a jazz release, it would probably be labeled cool jazz. But this Philadelphia band doesn't provide jazz; its forte is a twangy, country-influenced style of folk-rock, and the Pennsylvanians use subtlety to their creative advantage throughout this appealing CD. Because the songs tend to be understated and unassuming, those who expect music to shout at them might fail to realize how meaty and substantial Looks Like Up is. But make no mistake: Singer Jon Houlon (who wrote all of the material) brings a lot of depth and vulnerability to his songs -- many of which have a world-weary, cynical outlook. Tunes like "Did You Come By Your Bitterness Honestly?," "Misery Loves Company," and "If I'm Gonna Get Blamed" don't sugarcoat things; Houlon takes an honest, realistic look at relationships, and he doesn't pretend that happiness is always going to prevail. Houlon never gets in your face, but that doesn't mean that he isn't expressive -- and it doesn't mean that he doesn't get his points across on this memorable, heartfelt CD.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/23/2001
  • Label: RECORD CELLAR PROD.
  • UPC: 729785007027
  • Catalog Number: 70

Album Credits

Performance Credits
John Train Primary Artist
Jay Ansill Fiddle, Violin
Mark Tucker Guitar, Steel Guitar, Rhythm
Bill Fergusson Bouzouki, Mandolin
Jim Boggia Guitar, Background Vocals
Mark Schreiber Drums
Mike Brenner Dobro, Electric Guitar, Keyboards, Background Vocals, Vibes, Lap Steel Guitar, Slide Bass
Mike Frank Piano, fender rhodes
Nancy Falkow Background Vocals
Brad Hutchinson Banjo
Matt Cappy Trumpet
Steve Demarest Bass
Mike Hood Trombone
Luigi Mazzocchi Violin
Technical Credits
Jay Ansill String Arrangements
Peter Humphreys Mastering
Steve Wellner Engineer
Mike Brenner Producer
Mike Hood Horn Arrangements
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