Cryin' and Singin' the Blues

Cryin' and Singin' the Blues

by Gatemouth Moore


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Cryin' and Singin' the Blues

Gatemouth Moore (Arnold Dwight Moore) has been called the last of the blues shouters, a title that isn't entirely accurate. His forte, at least prior to turning to gospel late in his career, was in midtempo bluesy ballads that really fall a lot closer to jazz than they do to gutbucket blues. He was also a strong and gifted songwriter, and at least one of his songs, the articulate "Did You Ever Love a Woman," is an absolute lost classic. This compilation pulls together all his work for National Records between 1945 and 1946, and includes "Did You Ever Love a Woman" as well as the stately and haunting "Christmas Blues" and two takes of the clever "I Ain't Mad at You Pretty Baby," which features a lead horn riff drawn from Count Basie's "Jumpin' at the Woodside." Singing in front of such stellar jazz players as Budd Johnson, Jimmy Hamilton, Harry Carney, Dick Vance, and John Hardee, Moore's voice moves from soft to gritty and back again as each song demands, always with an affecting and intangible feeling of joy, even as the lyrics hint at romantic desolation. Moore moved on to King Records following these sessions, and re-recorded many of the titles found here, before leaving secular music behind in 1949.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/13/2004
Label: Savoy Jazz
UPC: 0795041732729
catalogNumber: 17327

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Gatemouth Moore   Primary Artist
Tiny Grimes   Guitar
Budd Johnson   Tenor Saxophone
Peter Johnson   Piano
John Hardee   Tenor Saxophone
Dallas Bartley   Bass,Vocals
Harry Carney   Alto Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone
Hall   Bass
Jimmy Hamilton   Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone
J.C. Heard   Drums
Josh Jackson   Tenor Saxophone
Ed Nicholson   Drums
Dick Vance   Trumpet
Sammy Benskin   Piano
Alvin Raglin   Bass
Flaps Dungee   Alto Saxophone
Herman Flintall   Alto Saxophone
Russell Royster   Trumpet
Dallas Bartley & His Smalltown Boys   Track Performer
Bill Martin   Trumpet

Technical Credits

Herb Abramson   Producer
Steve Backer   Executive Producer
Dallas Bartley   Composer
B.B. King   Composer
Billy Vera   Annotation
Jules Taub   Composer
D. Moore   Composer

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