The Global Blues

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All Music Guide - Jeff Schwachter
The Global Blues was Danny O'Keefe's last record for Warner Brothers and his last until 1984's The Day to Day. The song content foreshadows the environmental activism that O'Keefe would dedicate himself to in the following decades. Musically, the album is a collage of various styles popular in the late '70s including jazz fusion, pop
ock, and even new age. O'Keefe's poignant lyrics and dynamic vocal range hold the pieces together, but occasionally the shifts in musical styles tend to clutter the listening experience. This is especially noticeable when the shifts appear within a single song. However, this sense of deconstruction seems ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jeff Schwachter
The Global Blues was Danny O'Keefe's last record for Warner Brothers and his last until 1984's The Day to Day. The song content foreshadows the environmental activism that O'Keefe would dedicate himself to in the following decades. Musically, the album is a collage of various styles popular in the late '70s including jazz fusion, pop
ock, and even new age. O'Keefe's poignant lyrics and dynamic vocal range hold the pieces together, but occasionally the shifts in musical styles tend to clutter the listening experience. This is especially noticeable when the shifts appear within a single song. However, this sense of deconstruction seems to be what O'Keefe is after in setting the stage for his "Global Blues." There's a generous dose of jazz fusion and '80s pop
ock, particularly on the title track, which features the great jazz drummer Tony Williams. There's a new age feel on the poetic "Square Sun," which also features Williams on drums, as well as Kazu Matsui on bamboo flute. One of the most enduring songs on the album, "Falsetto Goodbye," is a highlight of O'Keefe's entire songwriting career, but as with any O'Keefe record, there's plenty of excellent songwriting throughout. One of the most notable lines comes from the jazz-tinged "Livin' in the Modern Age," which features a six-piece horn section. O'Keefe sings "Ain't it hard to paint your picture when your colors bleed and run," and in a way, it sums up both the beauty and lack of continuity inherit in The Global Blues.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/11/2006
  • Label: Wounded Bird Records
  • UPC: 664140331426
  • Catalog Number: 3314
  • Sales rank: 66,861

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Danny O'Keefe Primary Artist, Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Vocals
Bobby King Vocals
Roger Kellaway Piano, Keyboards
Tony Williams Drums
Frank Marocco Accordion
Ronnie Barron Vocals
Jim Keltner Drums
Jim Gordon Drums
Michael Baird Drums
Mike Baird Clarinet
Michael Boddicker Synthesizer
Bill Braun Percussion
Rusty Buchanan Vocals
John Coan Cornet
Bill Cuomo Piano
Steve Foreman Percussion
Steve Forman Percussion
Venette Gloud Vocals
Veyler Hildebrand Bass
Chuck "Fingers" Irwin Keyboards
Lynda Lawley Vocals
Jay Lewis Guitar, Pedal Steel Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Steel Guitar, Tambourine
Kazu Matsui Percussion, Shakuhachi
George McFadden Vocals
Vince Melamed Organ, Piano, Keyboards
Thom Mooney Drums
Larry Muhoberac Piano
Dick Nash Trombone
Sue Richman Vocals
John Rotella Clarinet
Scott Strong Guitar
Joel Tepp Guitar
Carmen Twillie Vocals
Paul Woltz Tuba
Jerry Yester Conductor
Mike Boddiker Synthesizer
Beyler Hildebrand Bass
Biggy McFadden Vocals
John Ewing Trombone
Tony Ruption Williams Drums
Bobby "Blanco" King Vocals
Charles Irwin Synthesizer
Sharon Robinson Vocals
Technical Credits
Jay Lewis Producer
Danny O'Keefe Composer, Producer
Jerry Yester Horn Arrangements
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