That's Right

That's Right

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by Roomful of Blues
     
 
In 1983 the jump band Roomful of Blues made a CD with Kansas City blues shouter Big Joe Turner. Though the legendary singer had lost his teeth and many of the lyrics were garbled, Turner’s big broad voice brought the music alive like none of the band’s inhouse singers had. Now, for Roomful’s 17th release, the horn-laden band has a mighty fine shouter of their own,

Overview

In 1983 the jump band Roomful of Blues made a CD with Kansas City blues shouter Big Joe Turner. Though the legendary singer had lost his teeth and many of the lyrics were garbled, Turner’s big broad voice brought the music alive like none of the band’s inhouse singers had. Now, for Roomful’s 17th release, the horn-laden band has a mighty fine shouter of their own, Mark DuFresne, who also plays harmonica. Right from the jump of the title cut DuFresne’s voice is as wide-open and as intense as the collective instrumentalists. But they can also swing into a gentler, cocktail mode for “You’re Driving Me Crazy.” And for the minor, Latinized blues “Ocean of Tears” DuFresne’s melodic singing takes gutbucket uptown. And his take on “I’ll Keep on Trying” is 50s R&B at its most heartbreaking. Guitarist Chris Vachon, who now leads Roomful, is also particularly tasty on this cut as well as the Post-War blues of T-Bone Walker’s “I Know Your Wig is Gone” and Jimmy McCracklin’s “I Want to Know.” As for the horn section – Roomful’s most enduring quality over the band’s 35 year career – they are bright without being brassy. They punch in precisely on a Turner classic, “Lipstick, Powder and Paint, hit a Memphis groove for “Tennessee Woman,” and give the instrumental “2 Point 8” a Louie Jordan feel. THAT’S RIGHT! Roomful of Blues is back in better shape than ever.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Hal Horowitz
Mentioning that little has changed for a band in nearly 35 years might sound like a criticism, but forRoomful of Blues, that's actually a compliment. After more personal shifting than Savoy Brown and with saxist Rich Lataille as the only remaining original member, the Rhode Island-based jump blues outfit still swings with the passion and precision they exhibited three decades ago. On their 17th album (but first for Alligator Records) they have swapped frontmen/singers yet again, with harmonica ace Mark DuFresne now ably filling that position. Still, the band retains and even enhances the buoyant, horn-injected sound that has always been their trademark. From the rollicking boogie-woogie of Smiley Lewis' "Shame, Shame, Shame" to the big-band attack of "You're Driving Me Crazy" made popular by Benny Goodman and Billie Holiday, to Big Joe Turner's "Lipstick, Powder & Paint," this version of the band hasn't lost an ounce of their drive. If anything, That's Right is quintessential Roomful of Blues, with zippy hipster jazz instrumentals like Arthur Prysock's "2 Point 8" -- a showcase for the horn section -- that are as lively and essential as anything they have waxed. Veteran guitarist Chris Vachon is attaining the chops, if not the reputation, of previous Roomful axemen such as Duke Robillard and Ronnie Earl. His short, succinct solos stab between the horns and DuFresne's husky vocals. Longtime fans will gobble this up, but even first timers interested in hearing a solid Roomful disc would do well to select That's Right as their primary Roomful of Blues purchase.
Billboard
ROB has tracked another winner.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/11/2003
Label:
Alligator Records
UPC:
0014551488927
catalogNumber:
514889
Rank:
128978

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Roomful of Blues   Primary Artist
Bob Enos   Trumpet
Brad Hallen   Bass
Rich Lataille   Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Mark Stevens   Piano,Hammond Organ,Hammond B3
Chris Vachon   Guitar
Mark DuFresne   Harmonica,Vocals
Mark Earley   Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Jason Corbiere   Percussion,Drums

Technical Credits

Jimmy McCracklin   Composer
Fenton Robinson   Composer
T-Bone Walker   Composer
Milton Campbell   Composer
Walter Donaldson   Composer
Ruby Fisher   Composer
Ken Hopkins   Composer
Elmore James   Composer
Riley King   Composer
Eddie Lambert   Composer
Mike LeBeau   Live Sound
Clarence Lewis   Composer
Chris Powell   Composer
Bob Robinson   Composer
Jesse Stone   Composer
Chris Vachon   Producer
Eddie Bocage   Composer
Bobby Robinson   Composer
Bob Bell   Liner Notes
Joe Josea   Composer
Sidney Wyche   Composer
Ian Schrier   Engineer
Lenny Terenzi   Cover Graphics
Jim Ferreria   Merchandising
Chris Allen   Cover Photo
Ian Schreier   Engineer

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