Meet Me Where They Play the Bluesby Maria Muldaur
Although best known for kicking up a little dust with her cooing 1974 pop hit "Midnight at the Oasis," vocalist Maria Muldaur has settled comfortably into the blues over the past decade. On MEET ME WHERE THEY PLAY THE BLUES, Muldaur pays tribute to Charles Brown, the great West Coast crooner and pianist. Brown and Muldaur were supposed to do the entire album together but only made it to the studio for one duet, a late-night lounge version of "Gee Baby, Ain't I Good to You," which turned out to be the last recording Brown made before he died. Throughout this set Muldaur carries the hint of jazz that made Brown's style distinctive, and she includes a get-down gospel version of "He Don't Have the Blues Anymore" as a particularly fitting send-off. Brown would also doubtless smile upon her swinging rendition of "It Ain' the Meat, It's the Motion." Still, Muldaur is best when she eases into tunes, and her renditions of the slow, sultry "It Feels Like Rain" and the smoky "We Can Let It Happen Tonight" are the highlights of the set.
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some very good listening for muldaur fans