Storyville

Storyville

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by Robbie Robertson
     
 

Robbie Robertson's 1987 solo debut was an ambitious but only intermittently successful attempt to chart a new musical direction for himself 11 years after the Band had publicly called it quits. Four years later, Robertson's second solo set, Storyville, found him in much more familiar musical territory, as he steeped himself in both theSee more details below

Overview

Robbie Robertson's 1987 solo debut was an ambitious but only intermittently successful attempt to chart a new musical direction for himself 11 years after the Band had publicly called it quits. Four years later, Robertson's second solo set, Storyville, found him in much more familiar musical territory, as he steeped himself in both the music and the lore of New Orleans, the birthplace of jazz and home to many of the R&B masters who had been a primal influence on Robertson and the other members of the Band. Anyone hoping for a blowing session with Robbie Robertson leading a team of the Big Easy's finest through the Huey "Piano" Smith and Professor Longhair songbooks will have to keep on dreaming; noted perfectionist Robertson polished these sessions to a high gloss (with the help of co-producers Stephen Hague and Gary Gersh), and the funk and good humor of Crescent City R&B generally takes a back burner to more sophisticated lyrical conceits (moody character-based narratives and meditations on the hard edges of love dominate) and gracefully moody musical structures not entirely unlike the sophisticated melodies of his first album. But the material on Storyville does have a lighter step and a freer swing than the songs on Robertson's debut, and his vocals are in far better shape this time out, boasting a lot more body and nuance than the sometimes fragile rasp that dominated his first time at bat. And Robertson had the good sense to bring Art Neville, his brother Aaron, Ziggyboo Modeleste, and Chief Bo Dollis on board; if the New Orleans presence in these songs is more often felt than heard, it still snakes powerfully through the music and honors the spirits that helped influence this music. If Robbie Robertson was about taking his music to a new and different place, Storyville found him taking his music back home and still finding new room to move within it, and if it's a more subtle album, in many ways it's also more satisfying.

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Product Details

Release Date:
09/28/2004
Label:
Geffen Import
UPC:
0720642430323
catalogNumber:
24303
Rank:
42737

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Robbie Robertson   Primary Artist,Organ,Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals
Mark Isham   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
David Baerwald   Background Vocals
Ginger Baker   Percussion,Snare Drums
Bruce Hornsby   Keyboards,Background Vocals
Aaron Neville   Background Vocals
Art Neville   Organ,Background Vocals
Ivan Neville   Keyboards,Background Vocals
Neil Young   Background Vocals
Tony Dagradi   Soprano Saxophone
Ronnie Foster   Hammond Organ
Blue Mitchell   Tenor Saxophone
Code Blue   Background Vocals
Rick Danko   Background Vocals
Rebirth Brass Band   Percussion,Horn
Zion Harmonizers   Background Vocals
Martin Page   Piano,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Alex Acuña   Percussion
Robert "Kool" Bell   Bass
Warren Bell   Soprano Saxophone
Carl Blouin   Baritone Saxophone
Paul Buchanan   Guitar,Background Vocals
Amadee Castenell   Tenor Saxophone
Leon "Ndugu" Chancler   Percussion,Snare Drums
Stacey Cole   Trumpet
Bill Dillon   Guitar,Mandolin
Theodore "Bo" Dollis   Vocals,Background Vocals
Roy Galloway   Background Vocals
Brian Graber   Trumpet
Stephen Hague   Keyboards
Dan Higgins   Flute,Alto Flute,Alto Saxophone
Garth Hudson   Keyboards
Clydene Jackson   Background Vocals
Fred Kemp   Tenor Saxophone
Mark Leonard   Bass
Jared Levine   Percussion
Jerry Marotta   Drums
Mike Mills   Background Vocals
John Mitchell J.   Bass Clarinet
Ziggy Modeliste   Drums
Cyril Neville   Percussion
Leo Nocentelli   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
Charles Pollard   Keyboards
George Porter   Bass,Background Vocals
Guy Pratt   Bass
David Ricketts   Bass,Guitar,Keyboards
John "J.R." Robinson   Drums
Carmen Twillie   Background Vocals
Duane VanPaulin   Trombone
Billy Ward   Drums
Yvonne Williams   Background Vocals
Monk Boudreaux   Voices
Paul Joseph Moore   Keyboards
Ronald Jones   Bass,Drums
Kenneth Kugler   Trombone
Richard Mitchell   Tenor Saxophone

Technical Credits

Mark Isham   Arranger
Robbie Robertson   Producer
Martin Page   Programming,Producer
Gary Gersh   Producer
Stephen Hague   Producer
Steve Nye   Engineer
Charles Pollard   Programming
Wardell Quezergue   Arranger
David Ricketts   Programming

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