Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues: Warming by the Devil's Fire

Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues: Warming by the Devil's Fire

     
 

Filmmaker Charles Burnett uses a blues soundtrack for Warming By the Devil’s Fire, the story of a boy's life in 1955 Mississippi. The set reaches back to pianist Jelly Roll Morton for the gentle instrumental “Turtle Twist.” Ma Rainey, the original Queen of the Blues, is joined by Louis Armstrong for “See See Rider.” Guitarist and singer Son House’s “DeathSee more details below

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Filmmaker Charles Burnett uses a blues soundtrack for Warming By the Devil’s Fire, the story of a boy's life in 1955 Mississippi. The set reaches back to pianist Jelly Roll Morton for the gentle instrumental “Turtle Twist.” Ma Rainey, the original Queen of the Blues, is joined by Louis Armstrong for “See See Rider.” Guitarist and singer Son House’s “Death Letter,” which terrifyingly stirs between the devil and salvation, is featured, as is Billie Holiday’s sad but sophisticated version of “I’m a Fool to Want You.” Many sides of the blues echo through this set. Mississippi John Hurt’s gentle picking on “Big League Blues” is nothing like the Mississippi blues; the Memphis Jug Band’s “K.C. Moan” features a kazoo, an instrument seldom found in the blues; and W. C. Handy, often called the father of the blues, sounds more like a theatrical singer than a bluesman on “Beale Street Blues.”

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Of all the directors who did films in the Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues series, Charles Burnett has the most direct connection to the music. Born in Mississippi in 1944, Burnett grew up listening to the Delta sounds as the came from the radio in his home, and the Chicago innovations of the music as it developed there by Delta artists. On the Warming by the Devil's Fire collection, Burnett creates an aural montage of the profane and spiritually haunted manifestations inside the music of the Mississippi Delta. These coincide with his cinematic narrative about a young boy who goes to Mississippi to be baptized in the mid-'50s and is exposed -- via a kidnapping by his uncle -- to the rough and rowdy sounds of the "devil's music." Sonically, this is one of the most consistent and satisfying of the series' volumes. From whorehouse anthems such as Jelly Roll Morton's "Turtle Twist" and Ma Rainey's "See See Rider," to the hunted, spiritual sickness of Son House's "Death Letter"; from the bawdy joy of Mississippi John Hurt's "Big Leg Blues," to the victorious gospel transcendence of Sister Rosetta Tharpe's "Up Above My Head," to the place where both sides of the equation come to break a man apart in John Lee Hooker's "I'll Never Get Out of These Blues Alive," Warming by the Devil's Fire exercises and exorcises demons and spirits with a rolling, pulsing, breathing soundtrack where room is made for all conflicting notions of blues and how they can both liberate and tear a person asunder.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/09/2003
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0827969049020
catalogNumber:
90490
Rank:
120748

Tracks

  1. Turtle Twist  - Jelly Roll Morton
  2. See See Rider  - Ma Rainey
  3. Death Letter
  4. I'm a Fool to Want You  - Billie Holiday
  5. Big Leg Blues
  6. K.C. Moan
  7. Sweet Home Chicago
  8. Deep Blue Sea Blues
  9. Muddy Water
  10. Cross My Heart
  11. Dust My Broom  - Elmore James
  12. You Can't Lose What You Ain't Never Had  - Muddy Waters
  13. Beale Street Blues  - W.C. Handy
  14. Hang It on the Wall
  15. Up Above My Head (I Hear Music in the Air)
  16. Give Me Freedom  - Steven James Taylor
  17. Mr. Thrill
  18. I'll Never Get Out of These Blues Alive  - John Lee Hooker

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

John Lee Hooker   Guitar,Vocals
Mississippi John Hurt   Guitar,Vocals
Tommy McClennan   Guitar,Vocals
Charley Patton   Guitar,Vocals
Bessie Smith   Vocals
Buster Bailey   Clarinet
Urbie Green   Trombone
Hank Jones   Piano
Jelly Roll Morton   Piano
Billy Butterfield   Trumpet
Gene Quill   Alto Saxophone
Zutty Singleton   Drums
Mel Davis   Trumpet
W.C. Handy   Vocals
Coleman Hawkins   Clarinet
Luther "Guitar Junior" Johnson   Guitar
Marie Knight   Vocals
Robert Lockwood   Guitar
Sammy Price   Piano
Ma Rainey   Vocals
Louis Armstrong   Trumpet
Mac Arnold   Bass
Duke Barker   Drums
Fred Below   Drums
Barney Bigard   Clarinet
Billie Holiday   Vocals
Wallace Bishop   Drums
Tewee Blackman   Guitar,Vocals
Charlie Burse   Vocals
Allen Clark   Baritone Saxophone
Francis Clay   Drums
Charles L. Cooke   Piano
Charlie Dixon   Banjo
Ray Ellis   Accompaniment
Fletcher Henderson   Piano
Pops Foster   Bass
Barry Galbraith   Guitar
Bernie Glow   Trumpet
Jimmy Harrison   Trombone
Milt Hinton   Bass
Son House   Guitar,Vocals
Elmore James   Guitar,Vocals
Oliver Johnson   Drums
Robert Johnson   Guitar,Vocals
Sammy Lawhorn   Guitar
Carl Lott   Bass
Muddy Waters   Guitar,Vocals
Frock O'Dell   Drums
Ben Ramey   Kazoo,Vocals
Otis Spann   Piano
Sister Rosetta Tharpe   Guitar,Vocals
Luther Tucker   Guitar
Carmen Twillie   Vocals,Background Vocals
Leonard Ware   Bass
James "Pee Wee" Madison   Guitar
Charlie Green   Trombone
Willie Dixon Band   Bass
Mildred Jones   Vocals
Steven James Taylor   Background Vocals
Sammy Price & His Texas Bluesicians   Accompaniment
Bert Kendrick   Piano
Jimmy Vincent   Trumpet

Technical Credits

John Lee Hooker   Composer
Mississippi John Hurt   Composer
Tommy McClennan   Composer
Charley Patton   Composer
Frank Sinatra   Composer
Jelly Roll Morton   Composer
W.C. Handy   Composer
Greg Guidry   Composer
Steven Berkowitz   Producer
Ma Rainey   Composer
Billy Altman   Liner Notes
Tewee Blackman   Composer
Peter DeRose   Composer
Ulrich Felsburg   Executive Producer
Son House   Composer
Elmore James   Composer,Adaptation
Robert Johnson   Composer
Andy McKaie   Producer
McKinley Morganfield   Composer
Muddy Waters   Composer
Sister Rosetta Tharpe   Composer
Jo Trent   Composer
Sonny Boy Williamson [II]   Composer
Richie Raposa   Engineer
Vartan   Art Direction
Harry Richman   Composer
Jack Wolf   Composer
Christopher Austopchuk   Art Direction
Howard Fritzson   Art Direction
Pluma Dabis   Contributor
Martin Scorsese   Liner Notes,Executive Producer
Margaret Bodde   Producer
Pat Lawrence   Executive Producer
Mildred Jones   Composer
Steven James Taylor   Producer
Joel Herron   Composer
Adam Owett   Art Direction
Mark Unterberger   Packaging Manager
Paul "PDA" Allen   Executive Producer
Richard Hutton   Producer
Ellen Nygaard   Icon
Charles Burnett   Liner Notes
Jody Patton   Executive Producer
Jeff Jones   Executive Producer
John S. Hurt   Composer

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