Tooth of Crime

Tooth of Crime

by T Bone Burnett
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Tooth of Crime

While his A-list work as a producer (Raising Sand, O Brother Where Art Thou?) has made T Bone Burnett a force to be reckoned with, it has also obscured his own formidable work as a singer-songwriter. Building on music that he first fashioned for playwright Sam Shepard’s 1972 production of his Tooth of Crime, (and returned to in 1996), Burnett has conjured up fully-formed, obsessively verbose songs that gain further impact from the texturally spooky sonic atmosphere he concocts. Calling on favored collaborators including drummer Jim Keltner, singer (and ex-wife) Sam Phillips, and guitarist Marc Ribot with his distinctive tremolo-driven twang, Burnett constructs an idiosyncratic wall of sound that makes use of such disparate elements as jazz orchestration, treated percussion, and off-kilter guitar and keyboard tones. Obviously inspired and influenced by the word-crazed playwright who first brought him onto the project, Burnett’s own verbal virtuosity transforms him into some sort of brilliantly twisted offspring of Bob Dylan, Tom Waits, and, well, Sam Shepard. With Tooth of Crime, Burnett alerts us that his personal muse hasn’t yet left the building.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/13/2008
Label: Nonesuch
UPC: 0075597993851
catalogNumber: 450300

Album Credits

Performance Credits

T Bone Burnett   Primary Artist,Guitar,Piano,Vocals,6-string bass
Marc Ribot   Banjo,Guitar
Jim Keltner   Percussion,Drums
John E. Abbey   Bass
Jon Brion   chamberlain,Guitar (Baritone)
Miguel Ferrer   Vocals,Background Vocals
J.D. Foster   Bass
Greg Leisz   Steel Guitar
Darrell Leonard   Pocket Trumpet,Trombonium
Lovitt   Flugelhorn
Suzette Moriarty   French Horn
Sam Phillips   Vocals,Background Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Greg "Frosty" Smith   Baritone Saxophone,Bass Saxophone
Kurt Snyder   French Horn
Joe Sublett   Tenor Saxophone
Sim Cain   Drums
David Poe   Background Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Jagoda   Drums
Leslie Kahn   Background Vocals
Dan Kelly   French Horn
Kenneth Kugler   Trombone,Tuba,Bass Trombone

Technical Credits

Roy Orbison   Composer
Bob Neuwirth   Composer
T Bone Burnett   Producer
Darrell Leonard   Horn Arrangements
Susan Rogers   Engineer
Sam Shepard   Composer
David Poe   Composer
Mike Piersante   Engineer
Paul Ackling   Guitar Techician
Richard Misrach   Cover Photo
Henry Burnett   Composer
Ronen Givony   Editorial Coordinator

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