Take Your Shoes Off

  • Kod: GRCD10479
  • Producent: Rykodisc (UK)
  • Kod producenta: 0014431047923
  • Wykonawca: Robert Cray
  • Nośnik: CD
  • Instrument lidera: guitar
  • Cena: 66,99 zł
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kontynent: Ameryka Północna
kraj: USA
opakowanie: digipackowe etui

TAKE YOUR SHOES OFF won the 2000 Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Blues Album

TAKE YOUR SHOES OFF finds Robert Cray picking up the Memphis soul thread that infused so much of 1997's SWEET POTATO PIE. Joined by the always-reliable Memphis Horns, Cray delivers another masterful batch of tunes that are as much a tip of the hat to Stax as they are to Chess. The bluesman's creamy vocals fall somewhere between Sam Cooke and Otis Redding and are particularly effective on the brassy "24-7 Man" and the pleading "Let Me Know." The R&B map is well traversed with Jim Pugh's flickering organ licks and Steve Jordan's solid playing (turning "It's All Gone" into a lost Hi track), while the strolling tempo on "There's Nothing Wrong" brings to mind Motown's finer moments.

As always, the talented guitarist's choice of covers is an interesting mix. Willie Dixon's "Tollin' Bells" is presented with brushed drums and a reverberating chord that eerily replicates the song's title. Most interesting is a reading of Solomon Burke's "Won't You Give Him (One More Chance)" that finds Cray being joined by Cajun accordionist Jo-El Sonnier on an arrangement that Taj Mahal might have suggested.

Rolling Stone (5/27/99, pp.63-64) - 3 1/2 Stars (out of 5) - "...this is a slow-burning soul record - and one of the most focused of Cray's twenty-five year career..."

Q (5/99, p.104) - 3 Stars (out of 5) - "...there are moments...incisive solo...punchy soul feel...cajun touches and funky riffs...which turn this into a thoroughly enjoyable album..."

Melody Maker (5/1/99, p.36) - 4 stars (out of 5) - "...Think Al Green, Stax and a time before machines ruled the world. Lovely."

Living Blues (7-8/99, p.52) - "...his strongest in ages....Robert Cray has long brought a rich, subtle strength to his innovative blues/soul hybrid....TAKE YOUR SHOES OFF is something special."

Entertainment Weekly (4/30/99, p.97) - "...Sure, Cray doesn't sound all that anguished on the heartache-got-me tracks, but overall his Southern soul is winning." - Rating: B

Recorded at Woodland Studios, Nashville, Tennessee and Knotek, New York, New York.

Engineers: Niko Bolas, Don Smith, Steve Jordan.

Personnel: Robert Cray (vocals, guitar, bajo sexto); Steve Jordan (guitar, bajo sexto, keyboards, bass, drums, snare drum, percussion, background vocals); Jo-El Sonnier (accordion); Jim Horn (tenor & baritone saxophones); Bobby Keys, Jim Spake, Doug Moffet (tenor saxophone); James Mitchell (baritone saxophone); Scott Thompson (trumpet); Jack Hale (trombone); Jim Pugh (keyboards); Karl Sevareid (bass); Kevin Hayes (drums); The Nashelles (background vocals).

The Memphis Horns: Andrew Love (tenor saxophone); Wayne Jackson (trumpet).

Jim Horn - tenor & baritone saxophones
Bobby Keys
Steve Jordan - guitar, bajo sexto, keyboards, bass, drums, snare drum, percussion, background vocals
Robert Cray - vocals, guitar, bajo sexto
Doug Moffet - tenor saxophone
Jack Hale - trombone
James Mitchell - baritone saxophone
Jim Pugh - keyboards
Kevin Hayes - drums
Jim Spake
Scott Thompson - trumpet
Karl Sevareid - bass

Memphis Horns
Jo-el Sonnier

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