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Paris 1957
     

Paris 1957

by Brother John Sellers
 
Out of the Louis Jordan/Wynonie Harris/Joe Williams schools of blues and jazz singing, Clarksdale, MS-born Brother John Sellers was unfortunately no more than a footnote in American roots music up until his death in 1999. Sackville Records has unearthed two of his albums (Brother John' Sellers, and

Overview

Out of the Louis Jordan/Wynonie Harris/Joe Williams schools of blues and jazz singing, Clarksdale, MS-born Brother John Sellers was unfortunately no more than a footnote in American roots music up until his death in 1999. Sackville Records has unearthed two of his albums (Brother John' Sellers, and Sings Blues & Folk Songs) done originally for the French division of Columbia Records in 1957, showcasing what a vibrant, exciting, deeply soulful performer Sellers was. With tenor saxophonist Guy Lafitte, pianist Georges Arvanites, drummer Kenny Clarke, trumpeter Bill Coleman, and bassist Pierre Michelot among the famous names backing Sellers, the singer struts and swings through some classic material that he manages to make all his own. From the boogie-woogie of "Lucy Mae Blues" or the choogling, lighthearted, gospel-like "He Came All the Way Down," to the straight-ahead, upbeat swinger "I Cried for You," it's clear Sellers is on his game and doing his very best. Lafitte's Texas-style blues sax, coming through and out of Lester Young or Arnett Cobb, is deliciously rendered on many levels, where Arvanites can do any style of music well, and Coleman's formidable trumpet is heard in generous portions, especially during the easy swinger "You've Been Gone Five Years." The most unusual arrangement during "Hands Off" combines a zany Raymond Scott chart from the horns with deep blues from Sellers, off-putting until you hear it a second or third time. The love for Williams comes out in the end of the album, as Sellers covers classics the singer did with the Count Basie Orchestra, with barely a trace of being a copycat. As there are only a handful of recordings from Sellers available, this is a precious issue, showing the vocalist could match up with anyone, and he was inspired by Lafitte's band to the base of his being. It's highly recommended, not just for fans of jazz or blues singers, but for anyone in general who appreciates good music.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/18/2009
Label:
Sackville Records
UPC:
0778132207429
catalogNumber:
2074

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Performance Credits

Brother John Sellers   Primary Artist,Vocals
Bill Coleman   Trumpet
Pierre Michelot   Bass
Guy Lafitte   Tenor Saxophone
Georges Arvanitas   Piano
Christian Garros   Drums
Claude Gousset   Trombone
Michel de Villers   Alto Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone
Pierre Sim   Bass
Paul Rovere   Bass

Technical Credits

Leroy Carr   Composer
Jay McShann   Composer
Abe Lyman   Composer
Casey Bill Weldon   Composer
Gus Arnheim   Composer
Priscilla Bowman   Composer
Arthur Freed   Composer
B.B. King   Composer
Cole Porter   Composer
Brother John Sellers   Composer
Will Weldon   Composer
Jacques Demetre   Liner Notes

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