Essential Recordings: The Great Johnny Adams Jazz Album

Essential Recordings: The Great Johnny Adams Jazz Album

by Johnny AdamsJohnny Adams


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If any label has the means to exploit its catalog, it's Rounder, and in its Perfect Ten series, the label picked ten of its best-known artists and chose representative selections from what they issued. Most of these artists -- Ruth Brown, Ted Hawkins, Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown, Loudon Wainwright III, Solomon Burke, Duke Robillard, Mississippi John Hurt, Johnny Copeland, Tracy Nelson, as well as the subject of this collection, the great Johnny Adams -- did record better material elsewhere, but the sides chosen do capture them at particular and sometimes poignant and important places in their careers. This set by Adams is unusual in that it covers not his signature rhythm & blues and soul shouting styles -- those he is by far best known for -- but his wonderfully articulate dip into jazz in the mid-'90s. These cuts are culled from three albums cut between 1993 and 1996, all of which were recorded in New Orleans and feature many excellent studio sidemen, among them Dr. Lonnie Smith on the B-3, Donald Harrison on alto saxophone, the great soul-jazz guitarist Jimmy Ponder, tenor boss Houston Person, Harry Connick, Jr., and baritone saxophonist Kidd Jordan, to name a few. The arrangements on a pair of these cuts -- "Come Rain or Come Shine" and "Good Morning Heartache" -- were handled by Crescent City legend Wardell Quezergue. This set walks a beautiful line between blues, jazz, and a soulful kind of swing. While it may not be representative of the rest of Adams career, it is a wonderful departure and well worth checking out.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/28/2009
Label: Rounder / Umgd
UPC: 0011661218420
catalogNumber: 612184
Rank: 168612

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Johnny Adams   Primary Artist,Vocals,Mouth Trombone
Walter "Wolfman" Washington   Guitar
Harry Connick   Piano
Tony Dagradi   Tenor Saxophone
Steve Masakowski   Guitar (7 String Acoustic)
Houston Person   Tenor Saxophone
Jimmy Ponder   Guitar
David Torkanowsky   Piano,Keyboards
George Jackson   Conga
Wilbert "Junkyard Dog" Arnold   Drums
Maynard Chatters   Trombone
Darrel Francis   Bass
Donald Harrison   Alto Saxophone
Edward "Kidd" Jordan   Baritone Saxophone
Clyde Kerr   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Shannon Powell   Drums
Wardell Quezergue   Conductor
Joe Saulsbury   Alto Saxophone
Jamil Sharif   Trumpet
James Singleton   Bass,Bass Guitar
Lonnie Smith   Hammond Organ,Hammond B3
Alvin "Red" Tyler   Tenor Saxophone
Johnny Vidacovich   Drums
Craig Wroten   Piano
Ed Petersen   Tenor Saxophone

Technical Credits

Percy Mayfield   Composer
Harold Arlen   Composer
Redd Evans   Composer
David Farrell   Engineer
Jay Gallagher   Engineer
Johnny Green   Composer
Edward Heyman   Composer
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Cole Porter   Composer
Wardell Quezergue   Arranger
Ted Koehler   Composer
Dan Fisher   Composer
Arthur Kent   Composer
Sidney Keith Russell   Composer
Roger Ebacher   Composer

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