Storyville

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All Music Guide - Mark Deming
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...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Mark Deming
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: 9/28/2004
  • Label: Geffen Import
  • UPC: 720642430323
  • Catalog Number: 24303
  • Sales rank: 50,225

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Robbie Robertson Primary Artist, Organ, Acoustic Guitar, 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
The 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 Jr. 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 Jr. 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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Forgotten Gem

    What a shame this album has gone out of print! It's a beautiful, haunting collection of songs full of the romance of New Orleans. Robbie Robertson's smoky voice has always given me chills, he is an amazing storyteller. Everyone I played this for has fallen in love with it, it's well worth tracking down. I just wish he would come out with something new.

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