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Durand Jones & the Indications

Durand Jones & the Indications

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Durand Jones hadn't the intent to front a retro-soul band when he moved from the Deep South to the Midwest. Back home in Louisiana, he had wowed fellow parishioners with his voice, but he had become an accomplished saxophonist and enrolled in a postgraduate music program at Indiana University. While playing with a shorthanded I.U. Soul Revue, he sang again at the band director's urging and met the musicians with whom he formed Durand Jones & the Indications. They started at a basement gig with Otis Redding covers, opted to forge ahead with original material, and found a home with Columbus, Ohio's Colemine label. Their recorded debut was made with a 7" single consisting of the despairing belter "Smile" and the plump, somewhat Meters-like instrumental "Tuck 'n' Roll." Those two sides make up one quarter of the quintet's self-titled album. Hard grooves and aching ballads are handled in similarly precise and scholarly fashion, like the musicians are familiar with all tiers of mid- to late-'60s R&B, from the hits to the obscurities, whether they were released by Stax or unearthed by Numero. There's an appealing everyman quality to Jones, a skilled and poised vocalist who can project an extreme emotion without overexertion. Falsetto-equipped drummer Aaron Frazer takes a turn on the second side with "Is It Any Wonder," a ballad angling for placement on a Lowrider Oldies compilation. That song provides a sweet contrast to the Jones showcases and pushes the band in a northerly direction with a sound closer to Smokey Robinson & the Miracles or the Whatnauts. They've got this stuff down. On to the psychedelic phase, right?

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Product Details

Release Date: 03/16/2018
Label: Dead Oceans
UPC: 0656605145723
catalogNumber: 157
Rank: 5289


  1. Make a Change
  2. Smile
  3. Can't Keep My Cool
  4. Groovy Babe
  5. Giving Up
  6. Is It Any Wonder?
  7. Now I'm Gone
  8. Tuck 'N' Roll

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Durand Jones & the Indications   Primary Artist
Alexander Young   Tenor Saxophone
Steven Banks   Baritone Saxophone
Alex Geddes   Tenor Saxophone
Blake Rhein   Guitar
Durand Jones   Vocals
Justin Hubler   Organ,Electric Piano
Aaron Frazer   Drums,Vocals
Anastasia Talley   Background Vocals
Kyle Houpt   Bass
Christian Allmendinger   Trumpet

Technical Credits

Curtis Mayfield   Composer
Blake Rhein   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Durand Jones   Composer,Producer
Aaron Frazer   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Kayla Schmidt   Inside Photo

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