Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues: Keb Mo

Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues: Keb Mo

by Keb' Mo'
     
 

This is contemporary singer-songwriter-guitarist Keb' 'Mo's first compilation of previously recorded material, a fine blend of interpretations of blues standards and songs from his own pen. One of the few artists with an audible blues connection to come into the mainstream in the past decade, 'Mo utilizes the strong folk element in his music to connect to a variety of… See more details below

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This is contemporary singer-songwriter-guitarist Keb' 'Mo's first compilation of previously recorded material, a fine blend of interpretations of blues standards and songs from his own pen. One of the few artists with an audible blues connection to come into the mainstream in the past decade, 'Mo utilizes the strong folk element in his music to connect to a variety of audiences. Three humorous originals that always prompt 'Mo's audiences to sing along are here; “Soon” as I Get Paid,” “Dangerous Mood,” and “Perpetual Blues Machine.” His evocative ballads “Don’t Try to Explain,” “Henry,” and “I’m on Your Side” are also included. Illustrating 'Mo's deep connection to the blues are his personal takes on the warhorses “Come On in My Kitchen,” “Love in Vain,” and “It Hurts Me Too.”

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
The occasion of the series of television films broadcast under the umbrella title The Blues in the fall of 2003 provided the opportunity to compile the highlights of Keb' Mo''s recording career thus far into a single-disc collection. One might argue that, with only four regular albums under his belt (there was also a children's album, Big Wide Grin), Keb' Mo' wasn't quite ready for a best-of, but those albums attracted a wide audience among blues fans; each one lodged in the Top Five of Billboard's Top Blues Albums chart, and the second and third, Just Like You and Slow Down, won Grammys for Best Contemporary Blues Album. Actually, it's the self-titled first album from 1994 that is the most impressive (as well as the least "contemporary"), and six tracks from it have been excerpted here, with three from Just Like You, four from Slow Down, and one from the fourth album, The Door. "Crapped Out Again" appeared on the Tin Cup soundtrack in 1996, and the final track, "Piece of Mind," is a new recording. While Keb' Mo' covers Robert Johnson twice here, he generally uses traditional blues only as a touchstone, preferring to write his own songs in a blues-influenced but essentially pop style, and play them in the same manner. The film series wasn't a chronological documentary in the manner of Ken Burns' Jazz, but if it were, Keb' Mo' would have come at the end as an example of the kind of music blues has evolved into, for better or worse. He is a part of the story, but, at least on the basis of this compilation, not a major figure in it as yet. (Happily, the compilation was not released at a major price. Like the other titles in the series, it was given a mid-line list price of only $11.98).

Product Details

Release Date:
09/09/2003
Label:
Sony Mod - Afw Line
UPC:
0827969049624
catalogNumber:
90496
Rank:
75508

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Keb' Mo'   Primary Artist,Banjo,Guitar,Harmonica,Vocals
Jim Keltner   Drums
Laval Belle   Drums
Nathan East   Bass
Tommy Eyre   Keyboards
James "Hutch" Hutchinson   Bass
Munyungo Jackson   Percussion
Ricky Lawson   Drums
Colin Linden   Guitar
Reggie McBride   Bass
Greg Phillinganes   Keyboards
Joellen R. Friedkin   Keyboards
Steve Jordan   Percussion,Drums
Tony Draunagel   Percussion

Technical Credits

Steven Berkowitz   Producer
Billy Altman   Liner Notes
Ulrich Felsburg   Executive Producer
Elmore James   Composer
Robert Johnson   Composer
Andy McKaie   Producer
Kevin Moore   Composer
Candy Parton   Composer
John Porter   Producer
Marshall Sehorn   Composer
Russ Titelman   Producer
Keb' Mo'   Composer,Producer,Quotes Researched & Compiled
E. James   Composer
John Lewis Parker   Composer,Producer
Vartan   Art Direction
Christopher Austopchuk   Art Direction
Howard Fritzson   Art Direction
Martin Scorsese   Liner Notes,Executive Producer
Margaret Bodde   Producer
Pat Lawrence   Executive Producer
E. Powell   Composer
Adam Owett   Art Direction
Paul "PDA" Allen   Executive Producer
Richard Hutton   Producer
Ellen Nygaard   Icon
Jody Patton   Executive Producer
Abe Vélez   Packaging Manager
Jeff Jones   Executive Producer
London   Composer
K. Moore   Composer
Payne   Composer

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