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Mary Jo
     

Mary Jo

by The Four Blazes
 
Considering the nostalgic significance now given to even the most obscure R&B acts of the '40s and '50s, it's surprising that the Four Blazes remain virtually unknown to modern listeners. Suave, danceable, and impeccably played, many of the songs on Mary Jo are on par with the best records of the day,

Overview

Considering the nostalgic significance now given to even the most obscure R&B acts of the '40s and '50s, it's surprising that the Four Blazes remain virtually unknown to modern listeners. Suave, danceable, and impeccably played, many of the songs on Mary Jo are on par with the best records of the day, and the stunning sound quality belies their early-'50s recording date. Lead singer Tommy Braden sounds like a tonier Wynonie Harris, able to perform racy R&B material and sympathetic ballads equally well. The only real argument that can be leveled against the group is that they rarely stray from the sensible bop of the title track, but since their sound owes as much to the Ink Spots as the Dominoes, this only makes sense, and the exotic cadence of "All Night Long" and the later cuts, with their snapping, T-Bone Walker-style lead guitar, manage to break the mold.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/10/1998
Label:
Delmark
UPC:
0038153070427
catalogNumber:
704
Rank:
156217

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Performance Credits

Four Blazes   Primary Artist,Vocals
Eddie Chamblee   Tenor Saxophone,Guest Appearance
William "Shorty" Hill   Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Paul Linsley "Jelly" Holt   Drums,Vocals,Group Member
Floyd McDaniel   Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Tommy Braden   Bass,Vocals,Group Member

Technical Credits

Clifton Chenier   Composer
Albert Collins   Composer
Jeff Cook   Composer
Scott Dirks   Producer
Duke Ellington   Composer
Robert G. Koester   Producer
Peter Grendysa   Liner Notes
Harry MacGregor Woods   Composer
Greg McDaniel   Cover Photo

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