My Life, My Friends, My Music

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All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
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: 6/19/2007
  • Label: Severn
  • UPC: 649435004223
  • Catalog Number: 42
  • Sales rank: 95,469

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
David Glasser Mastering
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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