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Puttin' It Down

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All Music Guide - Hal Horowitz
Terry Evans' second solo release after a few with his singing partner Bobby King further explores his swampy gospel, rock, R&B, and blues roots. Backed by veteran musicians like former employer Ry Cooder, bassist/songwriter Jorge Calderon, and even legendary jazz/funk trombonist George Bohanon who tears it up with his solo on the album-closing slow groove of "Blues No More", Evans proves that he's one of the most underrated vocalists on the blues
oots scene. Growling, humming, and testifying through an album primarily comprised of originals, Evans is in terrific voice. Much of the material sounds like it could have been on a mid-'70s ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Hal Horowitz
Terry Evans' second solo release after a few with his singing partner Bobby King further explores his swampy gospel, rock, R&B, and blues roots. Backed by veteran musicians like former employer Ry Cooder, bassist/songwriter Jorge Calderon, and even legendary jazz/funk trombonist George Bohanon who tears it up with his solo on the album-closing slow groove of "Blues No More", Evans proves that he's one of the most underrated vocalists on the blues
oots scene. Growling, humming, and testifying through an album primarily comprised of originals, Evans is in terrific voice. Much of the material sounds like it could have been on a mid-'70s Cooder release, but the singer adds additional vocal bite to this rootsy material. He's as comfortable with the upbeat approach of the humorous leadoff track, "Put the Money in Your Pocket," as with the searing, almost frightening deep blues of "Down in Mississippi" reprised and rescued from obscurity on the Crossroads soundtrack, which at nearly eight minutes is the album's centerpiece and most intense piece. Here Evans uses his gruff voice to swoop and moan over eerie, snaking slide guitar and Jim Keltner's ominous, pounding drums. What's refreshing is how effectively Evans avoids typical blues clich├ęs, preferring a more rhythmic approach -- one that Cooder's quicksilver lines do much to enhance. Soulful and emotional, Puttin' It Down is a dusty gem of an album. Like Evans' entire catalog, it's well worth exploring for blues/gospel fans looking for music that effectively combines the urging truth of gospel with the sensual grit of Memphis R&B.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/17/1995
  • Label: Audioquest
  • UPC: 092592103825
  • Catalog Number: 1038
  • Sales rank: 101,837

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Terry Evans Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals
Ry Cooder Guitar
Jorge Calderon Acoustic Guitar, Bass
Jim Keltner Drums
Phil Bloch Drums
George Bohannon Trombone
Joachim Cooder Dumbek, Percussion
Hense Powell Organ, Piano, Keyboards, Hammond Organ, Wurlitzer
Ray Williams Vocals
Jeff Alviani Organ, Keyboards, Hammond Organ
Willy "One Lip Willy" Scandlyn Guitar, Harmonica
Jesse Samsel Acoustic Guitar, Guitar
George Bohanon Trombone
Technical Credits
Ry Cooder Liner Notes, Author
Jorge Calderon Producer
Terry Evans Producer, Liner Notes
Bernie Grundman Mastering
Joe Harley Producer
Akira Taguchi Producer
Alan Yoshida Mastering
Sam Gay Director
Marc Norberg Cover Photo
Michael C. Ross Engineer
Hillary Weiss Artwork, Art Direction, Direction
Joseph d'Alessio Liner Notes
Michael Ross Engineer
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