You Left Me in the Dark

You Left Me in the Dark

by Jody Williams
     
 

Building on the 2002 disc Return of a Legend, his first recording in some 30 years, Jody Williams hits another home run with You Left Me in the Dark. The Chicago blues guitarist and singer still sounds tickled pink that he’s unexpectedly back on the scene. With strong original material from Williams, plenty of tasty…  See more details below

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Building on the 2002 disc Return of a Legend, his first recording in some 30 years, Jody Williams hits another home run with You Left Me in the Dark. The Chicago blues guitarist and singer still sounds tickled pink that he’s unexpectedly back on the scene. With strong original material from Williams, plenty of tasty guitar work, and guest appearances by Robert Lockwood Jr. and Lonnie Brooks, the album is a late-career triumph. It’s a pleasure -- make that an honor -- to have an authentic bluesman back on top where he belongs

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All Music Guide - Hal Horowitz
Proving that 2002's appropriately titled Return of a Legend was no one-off fluke, semi-legendary Chicago guitarist Jody Williams cements his comeback with this invigorating follow-up. Producer Dick Shurman, who worked on the previous disc, frames Williams' expressive voice and clean, jazzy guitar in a subtle, frills-free environment that brings out his best. The album's 13 originals (and one Sam Cooke cover) showcase Williams' talents as a fluid, understated, yet soulful guitarist; witty songwriter; and, more importantly, a singer of surprising passion. Esteemed horn arranger Willie Henderson also returns from the last album to add his arrangements to four tracks, highlighted by the simmering, staccato touches on a remake of Williams' "Hideout," originally recorded in 1962. Part Freddie King's "Hideaway," part Earl King's "Come On," it's an accurate, updated example of Williams' six-string prowess. Although the majority of the tracks are straightforward Chicago shuffles and slow blues, the guitarist infuses his upbeat personality to the proceedings, which makes the album so consistently refreshing. Stellar accompaniment by keyboardist Rob Walters and guest shots from Robert Jr. Lockwood and Lonnie Brooks certainly don't hurt (Brooks' vocals and guitar sizzle on "Someone Else," one of the album's highlights), but this remains Williams' show. Aggressive, supple, good-humored, and -- above all -- jubilant, this album finds Williams playing to his strengths. He's one of the blues' few come-from-behind success stories and, at nearly 70, an artist who returned from self-imposed retirement to release some of his best, most impassioned, and exciting music, albeit in his waning years.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/11/2004
Label:
Evidence
UPC:
0730182613025
catalogNumber:
26130
Rank:
247993

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jody Williams   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Lonnie Brooks   Guitar,Vocals,Guest Appearance
Robert Lockwood   Guitar,Vocals,Guest Appearance
Kenny Anderson   Trumpet,Horn
Willie Hayes   Percussion,Drums
Willie Henderson   Horn,Baritone Saxophone
Rob Waters   Organ,Piano
Hank Ford   Horn,Tenor Saxophone
Chris James   Guitar
Billy Flynn   Guitar
Patrick Rynn   Electric Bass

Technical Credits

Sam Cooke   Composer
Jody Williams   Composer
Roger Heiss   Engineer
Willie Henderson   Arranger
Dick Shurman   Producer
Ursini   Mastering
Dave Rubin   Liner Notes

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