Standing Room Only

Standing Room Only

by Roomful of Blues


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Standing Room Only

With its second release for the Alligator label, the journeyman Rhode Island ensemble maintains its reputation as no-nonsense keepers of retro-flavored horn-based upbeat blues. The band's previous album was nominated for a Grammy and this one maintains the energy, taste, and passion it has always supplied in its cover choices, while delivering some excellent original material. Harpist/singer Mark DuFresne's booming, husky vocals are reminiscent of Big Joe Turner, one of the group's obvious influences, as he bellows and leads the charge through 14 more examples of why Roomful of Blues remain the finest jump blues outfit on the scene 35 years after their debut. Although the slightly deceptive album title indicates this might be a concert disc, it is all recorded in the studio, but retains a live feel that leaps out of the speakers. Hearing the eight-piece pounce on saxist Rich Lataille's instrumental tribute to Illinois Jacquet, "Straight Jaquette," it's obvious that these guys would also have the chops to pull off a straight jazz release if they put their minds to it. Rollicking versions of Roy Brown's "Up Jumped the Devil," Lowell Fulson's "Love Grown Cold," and a pair of obscurities from Little Milton sit comfortably next to likeminded originals. One of those, guitarist/bandleader Chris Vachon's "Boomerang," has a catchy singalong chorus strong enough to be a radio hit, if contemporary radio played this style of music. But that minor detail has never prevented Roomful of Blues from adding a slight contemporary spin to a sound that was popular before these guys -- and most of their fans -- were born. And it doesn't stop the band from delivering wildly successful albums like this, albeit to an ever-dwindling core demographic. Standing Room Only doesn't expand the group's reach, but it maintains and even solidifies the position of Roomful of Blues as the most accomplished horn-dominated jump blues/R&B band on the scene.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/11/2005
Label: Alligator Records
UPC: 0014551490029
catalogNumber: 514900
Rank: 145574

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Roomful of Blues   Primary Artist
Bob Enos   Trumpet
Brad Hallen   Bass,Bass Guitar
Rich Lataille   Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Chris Vachon   Guitar,Vocals
Mark DuFresne   Harmonica,Vocals,Background Vocals
Mark Earley   Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Jason Corbiere   Drums
Travis Colby   Piano,Hammond Organ,Hammond B3
Jason Corbiere   Drums

Technical Credits

Lowell Fulson   Composer
Milton Campbell   Composer
Rich Lataille   Composer
Chris Vachon   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Mark DuFresne   Composer
Teddy "Cherokee" Conyers   Composer
Mark Earley   Composer
Travis Colby   Composer
Ian Schreier   Engineer
Lloyd Pemberton   Composer

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