jueves, 14 de octubre de 2010

Ruth Brown - A Godd Day For The Blues

RUTH BRWON
A Good Day For The Blues


At age 70, Ruth Brown was still in full command of her powers when she cut this beaut of an album in 1998. Fueled by an all-star band featuring Duke Robillard on guitar and New Orleans session stalwarts like James Singleton on bass, keyboardist Davell Crawford, alto saxophonist Ray Moore, and a core group that also serves as her touring outfit, this record was cut live with all the musicians (including a full horn section) playing at once with no overdubs, a throwback to her recording modus operandi at Atlantic back in the 1950s. The songs are first-rate, featuring new compositions from soul tunesmith Dan Penn ("Can't Stand a Broke Man," "Be Good to Me Tonight"), torchy ballads ("Never Let Me Go," "A Lover Is Forever," "The Richest One," "I Believe I Can Fly," and "True"), riotous spoken word fables ("Cabbage Head" and "H.B.'s Funky Fable"), and solid rhythm numbers ("Hangin' by a Shoestring," "Ice Water in Your Veins"), all expertly played and sung. Far from being on the downhill side of things, Brown demonstrated that there was still plenty of gas left in the tank when she cut this one.



Tracks
1 Good Day for the Blues Lindsey, Rector
2 Can't Stand a Broke Man Lindsey, Penn, Whitsett
3 Never Let Me Go Scott, Scott
4 Hangin' by a Shoestring Barnett, Street
5 H.B.'s Funky Fable Brown
6 A Lover Is Forever Goodman, Knobloch
7 Ice Water in Your Veins Otis
8 True Gayten
9 Cabbage Head Traditional
10 The Richest One Carter
11 Be Good to Me Tonight Lindsey, Penn, Whitsett
12 I Believe I Can Fly Kelly







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