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The Big Squeeze

by C.J. Chenier
 
C.J. Chenier carries on the blues-drenched zydeco tradition of his father Clifton Chenier, but this effort, while competent, is just not as fun to listen to as a zydeco record ought to be. The arrangements by Vasti Jackson seem overwrought at times, as though the players (and there is no shortage here of

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C.J. Chenier carries on the blues-drenched zydeco tradition of his father Clifton Chenier, but this effort, while competent, is just not as fun to listen to as a zydeco record ought to be. The arrangements by Vasti Jackson seem overwrought at times, as though the players (and there is no shortage here of guitarists, horns, or percussionists) are trying too hard. Bright highs and thick lows dominate the sound; one longs for more mid-range. C.J.'s voice sounds gruff, perhaps showing signs of wear and tear from ten years fronting the band he inherited from his father. Still, there are some fine cuts, like "Cheatin' on the Man You're Cheatin' With," "Lion's Den," and his dad's "No Shoes Zydeco," and C.J. remains one of the top talents on the zydeco circuit.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/20/1996
Label:
Ada Mod Afw
UPC:
0014551484424
catalogNumber:
514844
Rank:
285790

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Performance Credits

C.J. Chenier   Primary Artist,Flute,Accordion,Alto Saxophone,Vocals
Sam Fishkin   Percussion
Steve Howard   Trumpet
Harry Hypolite   Guitar,Bass (Vocal),Triangle
Vasti Jackson   Bass,Guitar,Percussion
Jerry Jumonville   Baritone Saxophone
Jon Smith   Tenor Saxophone
Clifford Alexander   Percussion,Rubboard
Mark Major   Guitar,Percussion
Brian Jensen   Percussion

Technical Credits

C.J. Chenier   Producer
Sam Fishkin   Engineer
Bruce Iglauer   Producer
Vasti Jackson   Arranger
White Trash Horns   Contributor

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