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All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
When keyboardist Kenny Werner and vocalist Roseanne Vitro formed the Delirium Blues Project, their idea was to reshape songs from a wide variety of musical styles into bluesy settings. With Werner's inspired charts and Vitro's expressive vocals, plus a superb horn section including trumpeter Randy Brecker, trombonist Ray Anderson, tenor saxophonist James Carter, and baritone saxophonist Geoff Countryman, they prove themselves again and again. What is surprising as the group delivers a feverish, tense rendition of Tower of Power's "What Is Hip" as its opener is the realization that this is a live recording. Vitro's moving vocal in the moody"Blue" first recorded by Lambert, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
When keyboardist Kenny Werner and vocalist Roseanne Vitro formed the Delirium Blues Project, their idea was to reshape songs from a wide variety of musical styles into bluesy settings. With Werner's inspired charts and Vitro's expressive vocals, plus a superb horn section including trumpeter Randy Brecker, trombonist Ray Anderson, tenor saxophonist James Carter, and baritone saxophonist Geoff Countryman, they prove themselves again and again. What is surprising as the group delivers a feverish, tense rendition of Tower of Power's "What Is Hip" as its opener is the realization that this is a live recording. Vitro's moving vocal in the moody"Blue" first recorded by Lambert, Hendricks & Ross with Annie Ross singing lead, backed by the dramatic horns, is breathtaking; her blues-drenched take of Mose Allison's "Everybody's Crying Mercy" is pure fun. Bassist John Patitucci provides Vitro's sole backing for the simmering take of "In the Dark" in honor of Nina Simone. Folk-rocker Joni Mitchell's "Be Cool" helps to lighten the mood a bit, while Vitro conjures a number of soul singers with her hip take of "Cheater Man." This CD is sure to revive interest in many of these long-overlooked songs from earlier eras.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/25/2008
  • Label: Halfnote Records
  • UPC: 616892453420
  • Catalog Number: 4534
  • Sales rank: 351,510

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 What Is Hip - Delirium Blues Project (5:59)
  2. 2 Goodnight Nelda Grebe, The Telephone Company Has Cut Us Off - Delirium Blues Project (9:05)
  3. 3 Blue - Delirium Blues Project (7:40)
  4. 4 Be Cool - Delirium Blues Project (4:24)
  5. 5 Half Moon - Delirium Blues Project (8:07)
  6. 6 In the Dark - Delirium Blues Project (5:13)
  7. 7 Cheater Man - Delirium Blues Project (4:45)
  8. 8 Everybody's Cryin' Mercy - Delirium Blues Project (6:42)
  9. 9 Don't Ever Let Nobody Drag Your Spirit Down - Delirium Blues Project (8:26)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Kenny Werner Primary Artist, Piano, Keyboards, Soloist, Group Member
Roseanna Vitro Primary Artist, Vocals, Soloist, Group Member
Ray Anderson Trombone, Soloist, Group Member
John Patitucci Electric Bass, Acoustic Bass, Soloist, Group Member
Randy Brecker Trumpet, Soloist, Group Member
Rocky Bryant Drums, Group Member
James Carter Tenor Saxophone
Adam Rogers Guitar, Soloist, Group Member
Geoff Countryman Baritone Saxophone, Group Member
Technical Credits
Joni Mitchell Composer
Mose Allison Composer
Maria Muldaur Composer
Dan Penn Composer
Greg Calbi Mastering
Sylvia Caldwell Composer
Jon Hendricks Composer
Gildo Mahones Composer
Spooner Oldham Composer
Kenny Werner Arranger
Paul Wickliffe Engineer
Jeff Levenson Director, Producer, Liner Notes, Audio Production
Lillian "Lil" Green Composer
Eric Bibb Composer
Steven Bensusan Executive Producer
Sarah Wickliffe Cover Illustration
Jon D'Uva Engineer
Molly Gobel Art Direction
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Fun New Direction for these two Jazzers!

    Roseanna Vitro & Kenny Werner Downbeat April 2008 The Delirium Blues Project Half Note Records 4534 *** If standards are songs with a lasting connection to the greater jazz and pop consciousness, then multiple candidates are offered to Roseanna Vitro and Kenny Werner's The Delirium Blues Project. Surrounding themselves with players able to transform country into blues, slick funk into sharper reggae, and pop classics into big-bellied New Orleans grooves, this unassuming duo commands the stage at the Blue Note in New York. With her silken yet powerful pipes, Vitro ignites titles such as " Half Moon, " Joni Mitchell's " Blue" and Mose Allison's "Everybody's Cryin' Mercy." Not only do Werner's arrangements dramatically alter and maximize the songs' traditional atmospheres, but heightened by Vitro's scorched- earth readings, they rise to the level of widescreen classics. In another era, the Werner/Vitro team would've taken their show to Broadway, wowing the crowds with high flying, small ensemble productions of Mitchell's "Be Cool" (a la Steely Dan), a reggae-infused "What is Hip?" and Esther Phillips "Cheater Man." The musicians bring burn and boil to Werner's arrangements, Vitro wails and works it. Ken Micallef

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