Presumed Innocent

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All Music Guide - Hal Horowitz
Those looking for blues, R&B, rootsy rock & roll, gospel-tinged ballads, loungy supper club jazz, and boogie-woogie piano pounding all led by an instantly recognizable powerhouse voice infused with gritty soul will rejoice with Marcia Ball. Although this is only her sixth album since her career shifted into high gear with 1984's Soulful Dress, Ball hits all those bases and more on her debut for Alligator. She's as comfortable with heart-wrenching lost-love songs like this album's touching "Let the Tears Roll Down" as with loose-limbed swampy piano/accordion-powered rockers such as "Louella." Her show-stopping piano virtuosity takes a back seat for the majority of ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Hal Horowitz
Those looking for blues, R&B, rootsy rock & roll, gospel-tinged ballads, loungy supper club jazz, and boogie-woogie piano pounding all led by an instantly recognizable powerhouse voice infused with gritty soul will rejoice with Marcia Ball. Although this is only her sixth album since her career shifted into high gear with 1984's Soulful Dress, Ball hits all those bases and more on her debut for Alligator. She's as comfortable with heart-wrenching lost-love songs like this album's touching "Let the Tears Roll Down" as with loose-limbed swampy piano/accordion-powered rockers such as "Louella." Her show-stopping piano virtuosity takes a back seat for the majority of this release, as Ball turns up the tough R&B heat on a cover of "Fly on the Wall" with guests Sonny Landreth on slide guitar and backing singers right out of Aretha Franklin's '60s heyday. Horns also play a large part, underpinning the Bobby "Blue" Bland-styled Crescent City soul-blues and rolling Fats Domino piano of Don Covay's "I'm Coming Down With the Blues." The opening "Scene of the Crime," powered by Gary Primich's plucky harmonica, is one of Ball's best tracks, with a snappy melody, gutsy singing, and Southern-fried R&B attack. Allen Toussaint's "You Make It Hard" finds fellow Texan Delbert McClinton on duet vocals highlighting the track's urging slow groove. Classy and subdued yet bubbling with passion, emotion, and a love of Southern-style music that explodes out of every track, with Presumed Innocent Marcia Ball has released what is arguably the finest and most inspired album of her career.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/24/2001
  • Label: Alligator Records
  • UPC: 014551487920
  • Catalog Number: 514879
  • Sales rank: 113,042

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Marcia Ball Primary Artist, Piano, Vocals
Chris Hunter Drums
Keith Robinson Drums, Background Vocals
Sonny Landreth Slide Guitar
C.C. Adcock Rhythm Guitar
Roscoe Beck Bass
Doyle Bramhall Drums, Background Vocals
Pat Breaux Accordion, Tenor Saxophone
Wayne Jackson Trumpet
Mark "Kaz" Kazanoff Baritone Saxophone
Paul Klemperer Tenor Saxophone
Derek O'Brien Guitar
Riley Osbourne Hammond Organ
Gary Primich Harmonica
Pat Boyack Guitar
Casper Rawls Acoustic Guitar
Gary Slechta Trumpet
Susan Abbott Background Vocals
Dan Torosian Tenor Saxophone
Bonnie Bishop Background Vocals
Don Bennett Bass, Background Vocals
Brad Andrew Tenor Saxophone
Technical Credits
Marcia Ball Producer
Doyle Bramhall Producer
Jared Tuten Engineer
Brenda Burns Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Presumed Innocent

    After seeing Marcia Ball in New Orleans during Jazz Fest, I decided to purchase this CD. I have never listened to blues or jazz and none of my friends (mid-20's age range) had until I introduced them to this CD. I am not well educated in this genre of music, but this CD has such an awesome sound and I haven't found anyone that hasn't loved it yet. She has such a distinct voice and it's powerful just to listen to how beautifully she sings- especially in the song Innocent.

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