Great Johnny Adams Blues Album

The Great Johnny Adams Blues Album

by Johnny Adams
     
 
New Orleans R&B crooner Johnny Adams wasn't a classic blues shouter, and when he tackled a blues arrangement, he took a relatively refined, jazz approach to it, which gives his scattered pure blues pieces a sophisticated, laid-back, and resigned feel, a bit like listening to a guy talk late at night in the bar when the lights have come on and there's nothing more to

Overview

New Orleans R&B crooner Johnny Adams wasn't a classic blues shouter, and when he tackled a blues arrangement, he took a relatively refined, jazz approach to it, which gives his scattered pure blues pieces a sophisticated, laid-back, and resigned feel, a bit like listening to a guy talk late at night in the bar when the lights have come on and there's nothing more to do about anything. This collection brings together a dozen of these bluesy songs drawn from Adams' lengthy tenure at Rounder Records, which began in 1984. The focus here is on Adams' calm, velvet vocals -- as it should be -- and even when he uses horns, the charts are subtle and non-intrusive. Everything goes to mood, with tracks like "Roadblock" coming across as more soul-jazz than anything else. Among the highlights are a fine cover of Sam Cooke's "Laughin' and Clownin'," the late-night chillout blues of Percy Mayfield's "Danger Zone," and the down-and-out bounce of Doc Pomus' "My Baby Quit Me," which features Dr. John on piano and Duke Robillard on guitar. Perhaps not the ideal introduction to Adams, since he wasn't primarily a blues singer in the classic sense, this remarkably cohesive set shows he knew what to do with the blues when he got his hands on it, but then Johnny Adams could sing a classified ad or a wine list and make those work, too.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/11/2005
Label:
Rounder / Umgd
UPC:
0011661218222
catalogNumber:
612182
Rank:
74539

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Johnny Adams   Primary Artist,Vocals
Walter "Wolfman" Washington   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
Dr. John   Piano
Duke Robillard   Guitar
Jimmy Ponder   Guitar
David Torkanowsky   Keyboards
George Jackson   Conga
Wilbert "Junkyard Dog" Arnold   Drums,Bass Drums
David Barard   Bass,Bass Guitar
Wayne Bennett   Guitar
Jon Cleary   Piano
Herman V. Ernest   Drums
Darrel Francis   Bass
Ernie Gautreau   Trombone
Donald Harrison   Alto Saxophone
Craig Klein   Trombone
George Porter   Bass
Shannon Powell   Drums
Elijah Rodgers   Rhythm Guitar
Bill "Foots" Samuel   Alto Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
James Singleton   Acoustic Bass
Lonnie Smith   Hammond Organ
Jim Spake   Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Scott Thompson   Trumpet
Michael Toles   Rhythm Guitar
Eric Traub   Tenor Saxophone
Terry Tullos   Trumpet
Alvin "Red" Tyler   Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Johnny Vidacovich   Drums
Craig Wroten   Organ,Piano
Charlie Miller   Trumpet
Ed Petersen   Tenor Saxophone
Darrel Francis   Bass Guitar
Craig Wroten   Organ,Piano
Terry Tullos   Trumpet
BIll Samuel   Baritone Saxophone

Technical Credits

Lowell Fulson   Composer
Percy Mayfield   Composer
Sam Cooke   Composer
Johnny Adams   Composer
Scott Billington   Producer,Audio Production
David Farrell   Engineer
Deadric Malone   Composer
Doc Pomus   Composer
Billy Vera   Composer
Dr. John   Composer,Producer
Willie Hammond   Composer
Oscar Perry   Composer
Janis Tyrone   Composer

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