One Kind Favor

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
It's been so long since B.B. King stepped outside of his comfort zone that One Kind Favor comes as a bit of a shock. Unlike so many albums he's cut in the wake of the crossover success of The Thrill Is Gone way back in 1970, the sound is stripped-back, not splashy, there is not a reliance on guest stars, and the repertoire is pure blues -- and these are all songs that he's never recorded before, including three tunes by his longtime idol Lonnie Johnson. Credit for the concept must be given to producer T Bone Burnett, who applies a similar neo-rootsy aesthetic to One Kind Favor that he did to his production of Robert Plant and Alison Krauss' Raising Sand -- an ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
It's been so long since B.B. King stepped outside of his comfort zone that One Kind Favor comes as a bit of a shock. Unlike so many albums he's cut in the wake of the crossover success of The Thrill Is Gone way back in 1970, the sound is stripped-back, not splashy, there is not a reliance on guest stars, and the repertoire is pure blues -- and these are all songs that he's never recorded before, including three tunes by his longtime idol Lonnie Johnson. Credit for the concept must be given to producer T Bone Burnett, who applies a similar neo-rootsy aesthetic to One Kind Favor that he did to his production of Robert Plant and Alison Krauss' Raising Sand -- an approach that's grounded in tradition but has a smoky, smeary veneer that's thoroughly modern. One Kind Favor has a noir-ish flair but it doesn't dwell on darkness, even if it takes its title from a line in Blind Lemon Jefferson's "See That My Grave Is Kept Clean," a song that would seem to carry some import for the 82-year-old King. He may be approaching his twilight years but brooding has never been B.B.'s style -- he's too generous, too open-hearted in both love and loss, so he's naturally disinclined to turn this album into a meditation on morality. Instead, One Kind Favor is a celebration of life with all of its ups and downs, filled with heartbreak but also great joy, which is precisely what B.B. King's best music always has been. And this is indeed one of King's best latter-day albums, thanks to its sterling selection of 12 songs and the supple support of drummer Jim Keltner, pianist Dr. John, and bassist Nathan East, who give B.B. plenty of room for both his guitar and voice. Even if King winds up returning to his familiar slick, star-studded sound somewhere down the line, having an album as earthily elegant as One Kind Favor in his canon provides a fitting coda for one of the great musical careers of the 20th century.
New York Times - Jon Pareles
Mr. King isn’t gloomy about mortality. His voice reveals sorrow, then fights it off with raspy shouts, while his guitar is his modest but indomitable ally, with its finely focused tone and its terse, targeted phrases.
Rolling Stone - Mark Kemp
Here, King is front and center, with a killer backing band — Jim Keltner (John Lennon, Mick Jagger) on drums, Nathan East (Clapton) on stand-up bass and Dr. John on piano — that remains in the background.

Here, King is front and center, with a killer backing band — Jim Keltner (John Lennon, Mick Jagger) on drums, Nathan East (Clapton) on stand-up bass and Dr. John on piano — that remains in the background.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/26/2008
  • Label: Geffen Records
  • UPC: 602517812413
  • Catalog Number: 001179102
  • Sales rank: 54,607

Album Credits

Performance Credits
B.B. King Primary Artist, Guitar, Electric Guitar, Vocals, Lead
Dr. John Piano
Charles Owens Tenor Saxophone
Rickey Woodard Tenor Saxophone
Jim Keltner Percussion, Drums
Randall Aldcroft Euphonium
Nathan East Acoustic Bass
Keith Fiddmont Alto Saxophone
Ernie Fields Jr. Baritone Saxophone
Neil Larsen Hammond Organ, Hammond B3
Darrell Leonard Trumpet
Ira Nepus Trombone
Johnny Lee Schell Guitar
Snooky Young Trumpet
Jay Bellerose Percussion, Drums
Thomas R. Peterson Tenor Saxophone
Mike Elizondo Electric Bass, Acoustic Bass
Charles Owens II Tenor Saxophone
Jeffrey Clayton Alto Saxophone
Alex Iles Euphonium
Technical Credits
Lonnie Johnson Composer
Furry Lewis Composer
Mississippi Sheiks Composer
Geoff Muldaur Arranger, Horn Arrangements
T-Bone Walker Composer
T Bone Burnett Producer, Audio Production
Darrell Leonard Arranger, Horn Arrangements
Gavin Lurssen Mastering
Mike Piersante Engineer
Paul Ackling Guitar Techician
Floyd Lieberman Executive Producer
Chester Burnett Composer
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