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Kevin Moore took the country-sounding name Keb' Mo' before emerging as a singer-songwriter in 1994. His music and guitar style is rooted in folk and the blues, but his original songs are strictly California contemporary -- introspective with touches of tongue-in- cheek humor. The Door, produced by Russ Titleman, who has worked with Eric Clapton, James Taylor, and Paul Simon, has a polished sound unlike Mo's previous albums. There are tasteful orchestral fills, organ swells, and appropriate choral support throughout the set, all of it enhancing the core acoustic sound. The title cut describes the songwriter's spiritual renewal with a gospely chorus lifting the song out of the blues. "The Beginning" is an inspirational hymn complete with a weeping electric guitar, while the activist "Stand Up and Be Strong" has a churchy feel with a rockin' Pentacostal bed firing it up. When it comes to love, Mo's songs range from the toe-tappin' "Loola Loo," about a girlfriend who has strayed, to the sad longing of "Anyway," a story song about class barriers. The obligatory catchy sing along is a funky, funny lust number, "Gimme Whacha' Got." A new facet of Mo' is also revealed on this recording. Both "It's All Coming Back to Me Now" and "Change" have a soft jazz touch. Mo' scats on the organ-based blues of the former and comes off a bit like George Benson on the latter. But because he came to this career as a mature singer-songwriter, all of Mo's shadings of the blues are organic, au naturelle -- just what you'd expect from a California-bred artist.
Performance CreditsKeb' Mo' Primary Artist,Guitar,Harmonica,Vocals
Michael Davis Trombone
David Mann Tenor Saxophone
Rob Mounsey Conductor
Lew Soloff Trumpet
Marva Hicks Vocals,Background Vocals
Scarlet Rivera Violin
Jim Keltner Drums
James "D-Train" Williams Vocals,Background Vocals
Tommy Eyre Synthesizer Strings
Lawrence Feldman Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Greg Leisz Pedal Steel Guitar
Reggie McBride Bass
Greg Phillinganes Synthesizer,Pedal Steel Guitar,Keyboards,Synthesizer Guitar
Gerri Sutyak Cello
Thomas Tally Viola
Leon Ware Vocals,Background Vocals
"Ready" Freddie Washington Bass
Sergio González Percussion,Drums
Steve Jordan Percussion,Drums
Clayton Gibb Banjo
Dennis Collins Vocals,Background Vocals
Technical CreditsRob Mounsey Horn Arrangements,Horn Conductor
Jill Dell'Abate Producer,Additional Production
Tommy Eyre String Arrangements
Russ Titelman Producer
Keb' Mo' Producer
Art Smith Guitar Techician
Joel Zimmerman Art Direction
John Boncimino Management
Jill D. Abate Producer
Hans Leibert Engineer
David O'Donnell Engineer
Mark Johnson Engineer
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The Door based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Once again, another gem. This CD definitely has more layers than his others and at first it threw me a bit, but the more I listened to it the more I loved it. There is no one in my collectin of CD's that can evoke such a wide array of emotion when I listen to them as Keb'Mo'. He's in a class all of his own. Can you tell I think the guy is great??!!
Keb Mo is the most moving artist around! His music tells a story you do not want to end!
Keb Mo is probably one of the best, yet hidden, blues musicians on the market. His lyrics tell a story and his sound is unique. This is an artist that I didn't have a single album 12 months ago, got "Suitcase" as a gift. Saw him in concert, I have only one more album to complete the Keb Mo set.
This CD is not like Keb's others. It isn't as traditional as the others, in the blues sense, but it shows growth and his ability to take a chance. There are some incredible songs on this CD and the more i listen to it the more I love it.
the man is solid every song.