Blues Beyond Borders: Live In Istanbul

Blues Beyond Borders: Live In Istanbul

by Mitch Woods

CD(Bonus DVD)

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Blues Beyond Borders: Live In Istanbul

This live CD/DVD combo was recorded at the Efes Blues Festival in Turkey in 2010 and shows Mitch Woods and his band in top form. This time the Rocket 88s include sax man Amadee Castenell from Allen Toussaint's band, John Cleary associate Cornell Williams on bass, Rhythmtown Jive guitarist Adam Gabriel, and legendary Oakland drummer Larry Vann (Elvin Bishop, Charles Brown, Merl Saunders). The band roars through a collection of Woods classics and carefully selected covers, many of them with a New Orleans flavor. Woods gives every member of his team a chance to shine, and keeps things moving along at a brisk pace. The jumpin' jive of "Down Boy Down" suggests a late-night juke joint with its exuberant energy. "Long, Lean & Lanky" brings to mind an unheard track from a Specialty Records session in the '50s, and allows Woods to show off his improvisational chops and Elvis imitation. "Mojo Mambo" dips beep into New Orleans funk and features Vann's syncopated second-line timekeeping. The keystone track is a medley that combines the Professor Longhair standard "In the Night" with "Lambaya Puf De," a hit by the late Baris Manço, Turkey's biggest rock star. Woods opens with a straightforward reading of the Longhair tune featuring Castenell's lyrical improvisations, bluesy guitar from Gabriel, a funky bass solo from Williams, and Vann's extended drum solo. When they shift into "Lambaya Puf De" the crowd goes wild. Gabriel sings the lyric in his best Turkish and adds some tasty Turkish-influenced fills to the arrangement. The DVD shows footage of the same set that's on the CD, interspersed with scenes of the band on the road. Woods narrates and marvels about the warmth and hospitality of the Turkish people. It's interesting to see the crowd's reaction to the band's version of "Lambaya Puf De" and to note how young and Western the crowd is. The extras include more home movie-style footage of the band visiting the sights, eating in restaurants, and folk dancing with other customers. There's a profile of the Turkish road crew and a slide show of photos taken by bandmembers. It's all pleasantly interesting, but the real attraction is the music Woods and the band lay down and the living proof of the old cliché that music really is a universal language.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/30/2012
Label: Vizz Tone
UPC: 0634457574229
catalogNumber: 8812
Rank: 190779


Album Credits

Performance Credits

Mitch Woods   Primary Artist,Piano,Vocals
Amadee Castenell   Saxophone,Background Vocals,Group Member
Larry Vann   Drums,Group Member
Cornell Williams   Bass,Vocals,Group Member
Adam Gabriel   Guitar,Background Vocals,Group Member

Technical Credits

Eddie Boyd   Composer
Willie Dixon   Composer
Roy Milton   Composer
Mitch Woods   Composer,Producer,Videography
Freddie Slack   Composer
Jackie Brenston   Composer
Roy Byrd   Composer
Henry Glover   Composer
Don Raye   Composer
René Leon   Composer
Baris Manço   Composer
Rocket 88s   Instrumentation
Lou Fuiano   Artwork
Fred Weismentel   Composer
Canan Zehir   Tour Manager
Uluc Dundar   Production Director
Jeff Roth   Producer
Ghokan Kali   Videography
Esra Ocak   Videography
Erin "Big Boy" Groves   Composer

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