by Howard Tate


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About a year after masterful soul singer Howard Tate returned to active duty with the album Rediscovered following nearly 30 years out of the music business, he was booked to play a major music festival in Denmark, and someone had the good sense to commit his set to tape. To listen to Live, an album drawn from that Denmark concert, you wouldn't guess this guy spent the better part of three decades between gigs -- Tate's voice is in great shape; his delivery is committed, passionate, and fully authoritative at all times; and the fact that he's one of the less celebrated figures in R&B history actually works in his favor on this album. While a handful of hardcore soul obsessives may have a working familiarity with the original studio takes of "Get It While You Can" and "Look at Granny Run Run," most folks will have to judge this disc without comparison to Tate's classic recordings, and on its own terms this is a great performance from a man who still carries the sweet fire of the golden age of soul and can sing with pure feeling without overplaying his hand. Tate's band, powered by a tight and sympathetic horn section and Austin DeLone's gospel-flavored organ, generates a deep and satisfying groove in the great tradition of Southern soul, and if this isn't the definitive Howard Tate album, it leaves no doubt that the man is still a force to be reckoned with, good news for soul fanatics and anyone else who loves good music from the heart and the gut. Someone get this man back in the studio again before he takes another 25-year break!

Product Details

Release Date: 02/21/2006
Label: Shout Factory
UPC: 0826663100457
catalogNumber: 531004

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Howard Tate   Primary Artist
Ernest Carter   Drums
Austin DeLone   Keyboards
Pete Sembler   Trumpet
Mike Schermer   Guitar
Tim Wagner   Bass
Scott Peterson   Alto Saxophone
Mike Rita   Trombone
Johnny Bamont   Baritone Saxophone

Technical Credits

Memphis Slim   Composer
Howard Tate   Composer,Producer
Clay Hammond   Composer
Mort Shuman   Composer
Lee Curreri   Engineer
Michael Gayle   Composer
B.B. King   Composer
Jerry Ragovoy   Composer
Peter Udell   Composer
Austin DeLone   Introduction
Sam Bell   Composer
Joe Josea   Composer
John Roberts   Artwork
Jeff Palo   Producer
Kasper Vorbeck   Engineer

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