The Global Blues

The Global Blues

by Danny O'KeefeDanny O'Keefe


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The Global Blues was Danny O'Keefe's last record for Warner Brothers and his last until 1984's The Day to Day. The song content foreshadows the environmental activism that O'Keefe would dedicate himself to in the following decades. Musically, the album is a collage of various styles popular in the late '70s including jazz fusion, pop
ock, and even new age. O'Keefe's poignant lyrics and dynamic vocal range hold the pieces together, but occasionally the shifts in musical styles tend to clutter the listening experience. This is especially noticeable when the shifts appear within a single song. However, this sense of deconstruction seems to be what O'Keefe is after in setting the stage for his "Global Blues." There's a generous dose of jazz fusion and '80s pop
ock, particularly on the title track, which features the great jazz drummer Tony Williams. There's a new age feel on the poetic "Square Sun," which also features Williams on drums, as well as Kazu Matsui on bamboo flute. One of the most enduring songs on the album, "Falsetto Goodbye," is a highlight of O'Keefe's entire songwriting career, but as with any O'Keefe record, there's plenty of excellent songwriting throughout. One of the most notable lines comes from the jazz-tinged "Livin' in the Modern Age," which features a six-piece horn section. O'Keefe sings "Ain't it hard to paint your picture when your colors bleed and run," and in a way, it sums up both the beauty and lack of continuity inherit in The Global Blues.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/11/2006
Label: Wounded Bird Records
UPC: 0664140331426
catalogNumber: 3314
Rank: 34768

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Danny O'Keefe   Primary Artist,Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Vocals
Bobby King   Vocals
Roger Kellaway   Piano,Keyboards
Tony Williams   Drums
Frank Marocco   Accordion
Ronnie Barron   Vocals
Jim Keltner   Drums
Jim Gordon   Drums
Michael Baird   Drums
Mike Baird   Clarinet
Michael Boddicker   Synthesizer
Bill Braun   Percussion
Rusty Buchanan   Vocals
John Coan   Cornet
Bill Cuomo   Piano
Steve Foreman   Percussion
Steve Forman   Percussion
Venette Gloud   Vocals
Veyler Hildebrand   Bass
Chuck "Fingers" Irwin   Keyboards
Lynda Lawley   Vocals
Jay Lewis   Guitar,Pedal Steel Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Tambourine
Kazu Matsui   Percussion,Shakuhachi
George McFadden   Vocals
Vince Melamed   Organ,Piano,Keyboards
Thom Mooney   Drums
Larry Muhoberac   Piano
Dick Nash   Trombone
Sue Richman   Vocals
John Rotella   Clarinet
Scott Strong   Guitar
Joel Tepp   Guitar
Carmen Twillie   Vocals
Paul Woltz   Tuba
Jerry Yester   Conductor
Mike Boddiker   Synthesizer
Beyler Hildebrand   Bass
Biggy McFadden   Vocals
John Ewing   Trombone
Tony Ruption Williams   Drums
Bobby "Blanco" King   Vocals
Charles Irwin   Synthesizer
Sharon Robinson   Vocals

Technical Credits

Jay Lewis   Producer
Danny O'Keefe   Composer,Producer
Jerry Yester   Horn Arrangements

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