Didn't It Rain

Didn't It Rain

by Hugh LaurieHugh Laurie


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His blues bona fides buttressed by his 2011 debut album Let Them Talk, Hugh Laurie returns with Didn't It Rain, another collection of jazz and blues standards, usually of the New Orleans variety but not always (his heart will sometimes stray to Kansas City), produced by Joe Henry. If Let Them Talk had a slightly burnished, rich veneer, Didn't It Rain is a bit lighter, with Laurie content to let himself slip into the background as both pianist and vocalist, which is odd as he has considerably fewer guests here than he did on his debut. Apart from Taj Mahal, this is pretty self-contained, Laurie playing the boogie with his band, sometimes lying back and letting his backing singers steal the spotlight, which they do with ease. Nobody is concerned with reinterpreting the songs or surprising a listener, they just want to enjoy re-creating sounds and tunes they've loved, an attitude that's rarely alienating although it's never quite infectious, either. All involved love the boogie and love the swing, happy to hit the accents hard and draw out the eighth notes, and if there's never a compelling reason to listen to Laurie and crew tackle these well-loved tunes, nobody involved embarrasses themselves, and it's a pretty enjoyable way to while away a lazy Sunday afternoon.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/06/2013
Label: Warner Bros / Wea
UPC: 0825646437610
catalogNumber: 535893
Rank: 37796

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Hugh Laurie   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Piano,Vocals,Wurlitzer
Taj Mahal   Vocals
Larry Goldings   Hammond B3
Vincent Henry   Clarinet,Harmonica,Bass Clarinet,Baritone Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Vocals
Greg Leisz   Acoustic Guitar,Dobro,Mandolin,Electric Guitar,Mandola,Lap Steel Guitar,Weissenborn
Jean McLain   Vocals,Background Vocals
Patrick Warren   Accordion,Keyboards,Pump Organ,Hammond B3
Kevin Breit   Acoustic Guitar,Mandolin,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals,Mandola,Mandocello,Lap Steel Guitar,Tenor Banjo
Jay Bellerose   Percussion,Drums
Elizabeth Lea   Trombone
Gaby Moreno   Vocals,Background Vocals
Robby Marshall   Clarinet,Bass Clarinet,Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
David Plitch   Electric Bass,Upright Bass

Technical Credits

Little Brother Montgomery   Composer
Roberta Martin   Composer
W.C. Handy   Composer
Harold Arlen   Composer
Joe Henry   Producer,Liner Notes
Alan Price   Composer
George Brooks   Composer
Joe McCoy   Composer
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Mitchell Parish   Composer
Spencer Williams   Composer
Dr. John   Composer
Anabel Sinn   Art Direction
Ryan Freeland   Engineer
Lester Allen   Composer
Jack William Dupree   Composer
Robert Charles Guidry   Composer
Robert Hill   Composer
Hugh Laurie   Liner Notes,Whistle
Harry A. White   Composer
Mary McCartney   Cover Photo
Martin E. Koenig   Composer
Joseph Ferdinand Morton   Composer

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