The Great Johnny Adams Blues Album

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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/11/2005
  • Label: Rounder / Umgd
  • UPC: 011661218222
  • Catalog Number: 612182
  • Sales rank: 71,307

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Johnny Adams Primary Artist, Vocals
Walter "Wolfman" Washington Guitar, Rhythm Guitar
Dr. John Piano, 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 III Drums
Darrel Francis SR. Bass
Ernie Gautreau Trombone
Donald Harrison Alto Saxophone
Craig Klein Trombone
George Porter Jr. Bass
Shannon Powell Drums
Elijah Rodgers Rhythm Guitar
Bill "Foots" Samuel Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
James Singleton Acoustic Bass
Dr. 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
Jonathan Wyner Remastering
Mac Rebennack Composer, Producer
Willie Hammond Composer
Oscar Perry Composer
Janis Tyrone Composer
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