Vu-Du Menz

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Barnes & Noble - Roberta Penn
The concept is awesome in itself: one of New Orleans finest traditional pianists, Henry Butler, paired with guitarist/singer/songwriter Corey Harris, the most musically progressive and socially conscious artist to come out of the blues bag in the past decade. The two met when Harris was living in New Orleans and immediately took a liking to each other, and the love fest continues through this set of down-home roots originals and gospel covers. The two are blatantly sexual on "If I Was Your Man," with piano and guitar grinding and churning 'til the buttermilk flows. "Sugar Daddy" is a fluffy rag featuring Harris on husky vocals while Butler shouts and seduces on "Voodoo ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Roberta Penn
The concept is awesome in itself: one of New Orleans finest traditional pianists, Henry Butler, paired with guitarist/singer/songwriter Corey Harris, the most musically progressive and socially conscious artist to come out of the blues bag in the past decade. The two met when Harris was living in New Orleans and immediately took a liking to each other, and the love fest continues through this set of down-home roots originals and gospel covers. The two are blatantly sexual on "If I Was Your Man," with piano and guitar grinding and churning 'til the buttermilk flows. "Sugar Daddy" is a fluffy rag featuring Harris on husky vocals while Butler shouts and seduces on "Voodoo Man." Harris's "King Cotton" as captivating a story about the old, rural South as the folk song "Boll Weavil" -- is a grim reminder of the times when African-Americans were seen as commodities to be bought and sold on a slave master's economic whim. "Mulberry Row," about Jefferson's slave and mistress Sally Hemings, also recalls days of indenture, while the up-tempo "If You Let a man Kick You Once" is a surly response to oppression. All of this sex and social history is set to boogie, blues, and old-timey riffs with both players sounding as if they had simply sat down to jam. And it would have had to have been a Sunday afternoon session because the duo end with three hymns; two traditional gospel numbers -- "Didn't My Lord Deliver Daniel?" and "Why Don't You Live So God Can Use You?" -- and the original "What Man Have Done." They are balm to the suffering and sexual tension in other songs, making VU-DU MENZ as satisfying to the soul as it is to the more earthly sensibilities.
All Music Guide - Campbell
This collaboration is the first full-length release from like-minded bluesmen guitarist Corey Harris and pianist Henry Butler. Although they had previously played together on live dates, the only other time they appear on CD is on Harris' Greens From the Garden. These 15 tracks cover more ground than the mere term "blues" implies. The duo recalls not only the best of traditional piano/guitar music of the '20s and '30s, but also New Orleans soul, barrelhouse, ragtime, and Delta blues. To their credit, Harris and Butler have the ability to bring these traditions into a modern context while retaining the soul that some modern blues recordings lack. Not only are duet settings heard but a few solo spots are featured. The playing is phenomenal, which shouldn't overshadow the emotional vocal performances, including the a cappella gospel on "Why Don't You Live So God Can Use You?" that closes out this highly recommended disc.
Southwest Blues
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/4/2000
  • Label: Alligator Records
  • UPC: 014551487227
  • Catalog Number: 514872
  • Sales rank: 93,258

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Corey Harris Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals
Henry Butler Piano, Vocals
Henry Butler Track Performer
Technical Credits
Henry Butler Producer
Tony Daigle Engineer
Bruce Iglauer Producer
Corey Harris Producer
Jeff Hillman Mastering
Laurie Hager Art Direction
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