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Spark
     

The Spark

by Chris Daniels
 
Chris Daniels has been leading his band the Kings in Colorado for close to two decades, and he has made a series of albums over the years, of which this is the ninth (counting the 2000 best-of Choice Cuts). Daniels takes an eclectic, crowd-pleasing approach to his music, which mixes rock with elements of jazz, jump blues, folk, Cajun, and, well, you name it.

Overview

Chris Daniels has been leading his band the Kings in Colorado for close to two decades, and he has made a series of albums over the years, of which this is the ninth (counting the 2000 best-of Choice Cuts). Daniels takes an eclectic, crowd-pleasing approach to his music, which mixes rock with elements of jazz, jump blues, folk, Cajun, and, well, you name it. The Kings, which includes a trumpeter (Darryl Abrahamson) and saxophonist (Jim Waddell) in the lineup, are versatile enough to follow their leader's forays into various styles, none of which extend so far to overcome his essentially personable songs. By now, Daniels is trying for different effects when he makes albums; last time out, on 1998's Louie Louie, he covered songs by Louis Jordan, Louis Prima, and Louis Armstrong. This time, he straps on a National steel guitar or other acoustic in place of his usual electric for something of an unplugged feel, and he invites along a passel of friends who include bluegrass wizard Sam Bush, ex-Buffalo Springfield and Poco member Richie Furay, and Bill Payne of Little Feat. None of the guests overwhelm the leader, however. As he moves from a funky tune to a folky one and from a Cajun rhythm to a rinky-tink 1920s sound, Daniels remains a likeable frontman whether he is singing to a woman who tried unsuccessfully to domesticate him ("Biggest Heartache on the Block") or praising one who did succeed ("She's the Reason"). Either way, his music brings a smile to the listener, in a club in Colorado, on tour in the Netherlands, or on this CD.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/05/2003
Label:
Moon Voyage Records
UPC:
0669517762629
catalogNumber:
77626

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Chris Daniels   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Steel Guitar,Vocals,national steel guitar,Guitar (Nylon String),Group Member
Tony Furtado   Electric Guitar,Slide Guitar
Sam Bush   Fiddle,Mandolin
Richie Furay   Vocals,Background Vocals
Sonny Landreth   Electric Guitar,Slide Guitar
Sam Broussard   Slide Guitar
Steve Conn   Piano,Accordion,Hammond Organ,Wurlitzer
Nelson Hinds   Trombone
Tony Klatka   Trumpet
Kip Kuepper   Upright Bass
Dean LeDoux   Piano,Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals,Group Member
Hazel Miller   Vocals,Background Vocals
Mollie O'Brien   Vocals
Mark Oblinger   Vocals,Background Vocals
Bill Payne   Piano,Keyboards
Christian Teele   Percussion
Jim Waddell   Saxophone,Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Vocals,Group Member
Colin Jones   Electric Guitar,Group Member
Randy Amen   Drums,Vocals,Group Member
Darryl "Doody" Abrahamson   Trumpet,Vocals
Clay Kirkland   Harmonica

Technical Credits

Chris Daniels   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Kip Kuepper   Producer
Gary Nicholson   Composer
Mark Oblinger   Vocal Arrangements
Dave Steen   Composer
Jim Waddell   Horn Arrangements
Ed Kaufman   Producer,Engineer
Henry Roeland Byrd   Composer

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