My Life, My Friends, My Music

My Life, My Friends, My Music

by Sugar Ray & the Bluetones
     
 

Sugar Ray Norcia is well respected on the blues circuit for his contributions to electric Chicago blues, but he has had a fondness for jump blues for some time -- and on My Life, My Friends, My Music, the singer/harmonica player pleasantly surprises us by making jump blues and early R&B (of the jazz-influenced, pre-soul, pre-James BrownSee more details below

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Sugar Ray Norcia is well respected on the blues circuit for his contributions to electric Chicago blues, but he has had a fondness for jump blues for some time -- and on My Life, My Friends, My Music, the singer/harmonica player pleasantly surprises us by making jump blues and early R&B (of the jazz-influenced, pre-soul, pre-James Brown variety) the main course. Norcia doesn't stay away from Chicago blues altogether on this 60-minute CD; he is in fine form on Big Maceo Merriweather's "Do You Remember?" and Sonny Boy Williamson's "I Don't Know," both of which were written by singers who epitomized blues in the Windy City. Nonetheless, jump blues and early R&B certainly dominate the album. Norcia and his skillful Bluetones open My Life, My Friends, My Music with a passionate, hard-swinging performance of Louis Prima's "Oh, Babe," which sets the tone of the disc -- and Norcia's celebration of jump blues and early R&B continues with inspired originals such as "The Last Words of a Fool," "Shut Your Face," the Charles Brown-ish "Think It Over Again," and the goofy "Little Green Talking Frog." Another memorable, jazz-influenced highlight of My Life, My Friends, My Music is Norcia's version of "Until the Real Thing Comes Along"; the expressive Norcia has no problem giving this well-known standard the type of earnestness it needs, and his obvious awareness of the influence that jazz (especially swing) had on early R&B in the mid- to late '40s and early '50s (just before the dawn of rock & roll) is a definite plus. My Life, My Friends, My Music is an excellent addition to Norcia's catalog and is among his best releases.

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Product Details

Release Date:
06/19/2007
Label:
Severn
UPC:
0649435004223
catalogNumber:
42
Rank:
83229

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Sugar Ray & the Bluetones   Primary Artist
Sugar Ray Norcia   Indexed Contributor,Harmonica,Vocals
Duke Robillard   Guitar,Guest Appearance
Bob Enos   Trumpet
Anthony Geraci   Piano
Neil Gouvin   Drums
Greg Piccolo   Tenor Saxophone
Carl Querfurth   Trombone
Monster Mike Welch   Guitar
Mudcat Ward   Acoustic Bass
Sugar Ray   Vocals
Carl Quefurth   Trombone
Doug 'Mr. Low' James   Baritone Saxophone

Technical Credits

Sugar Ray Norcia   Producer,Author
Carl Querfurth   Horn Arrangements
Jack Gauthier   Engineer
Mudcat Ward   Liner Notes
Robert Corwin   Cover Photo
Haven Johnson   Composer

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