Grapefruit Moon: The Songs of Tom Waits

Grapefruit Moon: The Songs of Tom Waits

by Southside Johnny
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Grapefruit Moon: The Songs of Tom Waits

Southside Johnny Lyon has been fronting one of America's most consistently hard-rocking R&B show bands, Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes, for well over 30 years, so this album should come as something of a surprise to longtime fans -- here Southside sings a dozen tunes from the songbook of Tom Waits alongside a jazzy, full-bodied big band led by Richie "LaBamba" Rosenberg, a longtime fixture in the Asbury Jukes horn section (and a member of Max Weinberg's band on Late Night with Conan O'Brien). While this is very much a change of pace, it's one that both Lyon and Rosenberg handle with confidence and aplomb; Lyon's voice shows a touch more grain than it did in his salad days with the Jukes, but his sense of phrasing and showman's touch is superb, and he brings swagger, heart, and sincerity to every performance here, and when Waits shows up for a duet on "Walk Away," the two trade lines as if they've been singing together for years. Lyon is also a shrewd judge of material, and the dozen numbers here fit his personality and vocal approach like a glove, especially "Please Call Me Baby," "New Coat of Paint," and "All the Time in the World." Rosenberg's charts are robust and imaginative, honoring the strength of Waits' melodies while giving the songs a chance to stretch out in new directions, and given that a majority of these songs came from the Beefheart-influenced period following Swordfishtrombones, these versions give them a new and very different musical personality steeped in big-band jazz, supper club blues, and classic pop. Is this rock & roll? Not quite, but it's got a beat, it swings hard, and it boasts a great singer and a great band working their way through a first-class set of songs; Grapefruit Moon is an experiment that succeeds, and hopefully it won't be too long before Lyon and Rosenberg try something like this again.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/02/2008
Label: Leroy Records
UPC: 0634457501324
catalogNumber: 2008

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Performance Credits

Southside Johnny   Primary Artist,Harmonica,Vocals
Tom Waits   Vocals
Glenn Alexander   Dobro,Guitar,Mandolin,Soloist,Rhythm Section
Howard Johnson   Tuba,Soloist,Musician
Vaneese Thomas   Choir, Chorus
Bobby Bandiera   Background Vocals,Soloist
Clarence Banks   Trombone
Art Baron   Trombone
Jack Bashkow   Flute,Bass Clarinet,Saxophone,Alto Saxophone
Dana Calitri   Choir, Chorus
Tim Cappello   Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Soloist
Frank Elmo   Flute,Saxophone,Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone,Soloist
Charlie Giordano   Accordion,Musician
Curtis King   Choir, Chorus
Michael Mancini   Piano,Rhythm Section
Ray Marchica   Drums,Rhythm Section
Michael Merritt   Bass,Rhythm Section
Shawn Pelton   Percussion,Drums,Rhythm Section
Mark Pender   Trumpet,Flugelhorn,Soloist
Marcus Rojas   Tuba
Fonzi Thornton   Choir, Chorus
John Ballesteros   Percussion,Musician
Jerry Vivino   Clarinet,Flute,Alto Flute,Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Soloist
Stu Satalof   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Scott Healy   Piano,Harpsichord,Rhythm Section
Brian Pastor   Trombone,Conductor
Ben Williams   Trombone
Baron Raymonde   Flute,Saxophone,Alto Saxophone,Soloist
Chris Anderson   Trumpet,Flugelhorn,Soloist
Carol Lee Goodgold   Choir, Chorus
Jeff Bush   Trombone
Jeff Kazee   Hammond Organ,Musician
Samuel Paul Bortka   Clarinet,Flute,Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Richard Rosenberg   Choir, Chorus
Erik Lawrence   Flute,Saxophone,Alto Saxophone
Richie "La Bamba" Rosenberg   Conductor
Ed Manion   Clarinet,Saxophone

Technical Credits

Tom Waits   Composer
Kathleen Brennan   Composer
Karl Derfler   Engineer
Obie O'Brien   Engineer
Matt Sietz   Engineer
Richie "La Bamba" Rosenberg   Arranger

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