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Soul and Blues
     

Soul and Blues

by Willie Clayton
 
Willie Clayton's smoke and whiskey-tinged tenor is a throwback to the days when R&B meant deep, deep soul. Woefully underappreciated, Clayton should appeal to fans of Al Green, the singer he most resembles (Clayton has worked with Green's producer Willie Mitchell in the past), although there's a trace of

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Willie Clayton's smoke and whiskey-tinged tenor is a throwback to the days when R&B meant deep, deep soul. Woefully underappreciated, Clayton should appeal to fans of Al Green, the singer he most resembles (Clayton has worked with Green's producer Willie Mitchell in the past), although there's a trace of Curtis Mayfield in there, too. He's just one of those vocalists who could sing the phone book and the result would sound perfectly phrased and memorable. This set from Malaco Records is nicely varied, running from uptempo tracks to urbane blues pieces, but it hardly seems disjointed, due, in large part, to Clayton's voice, which makes it all feel seamlessly connected. The opener, "I Feel a Cheatin' Coming On," is a delight, as is his cover of "I Can't Stand the Rain" and the stomping "Triple Diamond Slot Machine." Clayton visits the blues on the uptown and velvet smooth "All Day Blues," which doesn't exactly set the world on fire, but it balances things in the sequence, and if this is hardly the album that will push Clayton into the front line and bring him the attention he deserves, it's never less than pleasant and then there's that voice, which can't help but make any day better.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/04/2008
Label:
Malaco Records
UPC:
0048021753420
catalogNumber:
7534
Rank:
108333

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Willie Clayton   Primary Artist,Background Vocals
Jim Horn   Baritone Saxophone
Steve Patrick   Trumpet
Charles Rose   Trombone
Harvey Thompson   Tenor Saxophone
Angela Gray   Background Vocals
S. Joan Reid   Background Vocals
Vick Allen   Track Performer
Mike Snoddy   Track Performer
Omar Cunningham   Track Performer
Showcase Horns   Track Performer
Donnell Taylor   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Willie Clayton   Composer,Producer
George Jackson   Composer
John Bradshaw   Composer
Harrison Calloway   Horn Arrangements
Mark Capps   Engineer
Danny Leake   Engineer
Bernard Miller   Composer
Ann Peebles   Composer
P.R. Allen   Graphic Design
Vick Allen   Programming,Producer
Mike Snoddy   Composer,Programming,Producer
Ramont Bell   Composer
Donnell Taylor   Programming,Producer
Kortez Harris   Composer

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