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Down in the Mood Room *


  • 1. Doodlin'
    2. So Slow
    3. You Rascal You
    4. Canadian Sunset
    5. Lullaby of Birdland
    6. Lazy
    7. Jug Band Waltz
    8. Once Too Often
    9. Sentimental Journey
    10. Money
    11. Stormy Weather
    12. Mood Room Boogie
    13. Endless Road
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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 2011

  • Credits
    ProducerDuke Robillard
    EngineerTom Hiller; Thom Hiller

    Personnel: Jerry Portnoy (vocals, harmonica); Duke Robillard (vocals, guitar); Bob Malone (vocals); Troy Gonyea (guitar); Mark Davis (fiddle, mandolin, Mandocello); Doug James (bass clarinet, baritone saxophone); Gordon Beadle (tenor saxophone); Marty Ballou (bass); Steve Ramsey (drums).
    Recorded at Duke's Mood Room, Pawtucket, Rhode Island. Includes liner notes by Tom Ellis.
    Personnel: Jerry Portnoy (vocals, harmonica); Duke Robillard (vocals, guitar); Bob Malone (vocals); Troy Gonyea (guitar); Mark Davis , Mark Davis (mandocello, mandolin, fiddle); Doug James (bass clarinet, baritone saxophone); Gordon "Sax" Beadle (tenor saxophone); Steve Ramsay (drums).
    Audio Mixer: Thom Hiller.
    Liner Note Author: Tom Ellis III.
    Recording information: Duke's Mood Room, Pawtucket, RI (2001).
    Photographer: Duke Robillard.
    Harp master Jerry Portnoy give his blues a vintage swing on Down in the Mood Room, transporting listeners to the smoky jazz joints of a bygone era. This concept album is rewarding from start to finish, if you appreciate sultry jazz and blues played on the harp. Its classy retro tones will be a welcome change of pace for blues harp enthusiasts who like to mellow down easy. Producer Duke Robillard gives the album a wonderful vintage sound. Portnoy also proves he's no jazz slouch. On standards like "Lullaby of Birdland," "Canadian Sunset," "Sentimental Journey," and "Stormy Weather," his clarity of tone and sense of melody are remarkable, rivaling the original jazz harp impresario, Toots Thielemans. He doesn't just honk, he truly sings on this record. His harmonic and tonal gymnastics will amaze as well, as he jumps from a whisper to a wail in a single breath. The record's material is refreshingly diverse, while still common in theme. Beyond nostalgic ballads and blues, Portnoy cuts it up on a swinging rendition of Horace Silver's "Doodlin'" and several raucous originals. Highlights include his "Mood Room Boogie" and "Once Too Often." His noir-ish "Endless Road" is also a bona fide classic. Another nice surprise: Portnoy and Robillard's campy yet cool vocals, reminiscent of Cab Calloway. Robillard's reading of "You Rascal You" is priceless. This is jazz and blues in their pure form from two greats. ~ William Meyer

  • Critic Reviews
    Down Beat (4/02, p.64) - 3.5 stars out of 5 - "...The Boston-based virtuoso radiates an insouciant charm..."
    Living Blues (5-6/02, pp.41-2) - "...Reaffirms his prodigious instrumental abilities on this well-produced and eclectic release..."
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