No Dark in America

No Dark in America

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by Rosco Gordon
     
 
Recorded over five years in no less than ten locations, ranging from decent studios to living rooms with dozens of musicians live and overdubbed, No Dark in America represents the last will and testament of one of this country's greatest if obscure songwriters. Issued by Dualtone for Skuntry and produced by Elijah "Lij" Shaw

Overview

Recorded over five years in no less than ten locations, ranging from decent studios to living rooms with dozens of musicians live and overdubbed, No Dark in America represents the last will and testament of one of this country's greatest if obscure songwriters. Issued by Dualtone for Skuntry and produced by Elijah "Lij" Shaw with support from his label partner, Chris King, these 15 songs represent the great Rosco Gordon at a creative peak. Along with Brad Jones and Audley Freed, Ken Coomer makes an appearance on these sides as well. Gordon is widely regarded as the true source of ska reggae's heartbeat, based on the unique rhythmic pattern of his R&B tunes in the 1950s, like "No More Doggin'." His tunes have been recorded by luminaries such as Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Little Richard, and Jimi Hendrix. The music here ranges form the startling brilliance of the title track -- a whomping R&B anthem written after the fall of the Twin Towers on 9/11 -- to a skittering, off-kilter version of "Night in Rio," the complex stroll and roll of "That's What You Do to Me," the off-key piano orgy of "You Look Bad When You're Naked," and the soul-busting ballad "One More Time."

Product Details

Release Date:
01/25/2005
Label:
Dualtone Music Group
UPC:
0803020115828
catalogNumber:
1158
Rank:
265950

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Rosco Gordon   Primary Artist,Guitar,Piano,Vocals
George Bradfute   Guitar
Jeff Coffin   Clarinet,Flute,Saxophone,Brass,Woodwind
Ken Coomer   Drums,Background Vocals
Audley Freed   Guitar
Brad Jones   Organ,Bass,Vibes
Sam Baker   Bass
Chris Carmichael   Strings,Violin,Cello,Viola
Mickey Grimm   Percussion,Drums,Marimbas
David Jacques   Bass
Joe Pisapia   Guitar,Background Vocals
Nate Shaw   Organ
Warren Pash   Bass,Background Vocals
Jacob Lawson   Strings,Violin
Lorraine Dobson   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Rosco Gordon   Composer
George Davidson   Cover Image
Chris King   Composer,Producer,Liner Notes

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Guest More than 1 year ago
Gordon never became a household name, even in the R&B and blues circles from which he sprang, so it's especially sad that he passed away before he could reap the notoriety that this exceptional album should have brought. Recorded in 10 locations over nearly a half-dozen years, it neatly sums up the off-center R&B that was his forte. There's humor not unlike Rufus Thomas', grooves that cut as deep and soulful as Ike Turner, Charles Brown or Specialty artists like Jesse Belvin and Percy Mayfield. Gordon's loping piano style, still in evidence throughout this album, is often credited as the primary rhythmic inspiration for Ska (and thus Reggae). ¶ This epitaph captures all that was great about Gordon. The title track responds to 9/11 with a celebratory, soulful love letter to the USA, and "Cheese & Crackers" showcases his performance tuned humor. Gordon's off-kilter delivery, whether on piano or in his vocals, adds a unique edge to everything he plays. The straight-ahead blues progression of "Early in the Morning" is taken for an original ride through Gordon's wailing, cantering vocal, and the horn-driven "That's What You Do To Me" has a wonderfully jumpy quality. Even the piano ballad "I Am the One" sparks an original mix of Lieber & Stoller 50s-isms and Stax-like soul.