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Roots, Blues & Jazz
1. Love the One You're With
2. I Can Laugh About It Now
3. No Particular Place to Go
4. I'm Confessin'
6. That Lucky Old Sun
7. Mercy, Mercy, Mercy
8. Change Is Gonna Come, A
10. Work Song
11. Love Hurts
12. Harlem Nocturne
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 200604
Bonnie Bramlett; Bonnie Bramlett; Tim Smith
Tim Smith; Roddy Smith; Mark Stallings; Tim Gordon; Glenn Tabor III; Jimmy Dulin
Personnel: Bonnie Bramlett (vocals, background vocals); Bonnie Bramlett; Mark Stallings (Hammond b-3 organ); Tim Smith (bass instrument); Jessie Lucas (background vocals); Roddy Smith (guitar); Tim Gordon (flute, saxophone); Steve Willets (piano, background vocals); Donnie Marshall (drums, percussion); Chip Davis, Bekka Bramlett, Margie Cates, Robbie Montgomery (background vocals).
Additional personnel: Bobby Ogdin (keyboards); Dann Sherrill (percussion).
Audio Mixers: Kevin Ward; Phil Magnotti.
Liner Note Author: Ken Micallef.
Recording information: GAT 3 Recording, Charlotte, NC (01/2005-09/2005); Saxworks, Charlotte, NC (01/2005-09/2005); Studioeast, Charlotte, NC (01/2005-09/2005); The Groovehouse, Nashville, TN (01/2005-09/2005).
Authors: Ike Turner; Charlie Daniels.
Photographer: Thom Bresh.
No less than Ike Turner and Charlie Daniels have raving quotes in the packaging of the famed R&B/soul/jazz belter's rip-roaring, funky, and swinging mix of originals and standards from the worlds of rock and jazz -- but the former Ikette could have had numerous other legends chime in. She's worked with 'em all, singing with Eric Clapton, Joe Cocker, George Harrison, Leon Russell, and Carly Simon and having tunes recorded by everyone from the Staple Singers to Hank Williams, Jr. Although she returned from a long musical hiatus with 2002's Nashville date I'm Still the Same, this collection signals her full-scale return to the soul sounds that inspired her jazz fame in St. Louis and rock notoriety in L.A. The way she bursts from the gate, rockin' on "Love the One You're With" and jamming on her edgy original blues number "I Can Laugh About It Now," the listener is prepared for a fiery party -- but then she pulls a low-key seductive jazz rabbit out of her hat. And not just on standards, either, though she pays homage to greats like Cannonball Adderley and classic dates like "Harlem Nocturne." She cleverly turns Chuck Berry's "No Particular Place to Go" into a cool, organic meditation, and lets "I'm Confessin'" simmer in a dreamy jazz blues stew. There's a sweet balance throughout between graceful reflections like "That Lucky Old Sun" and swinging barnburners like her own "Gotcha," with blistering twists on Sam Cooke and "Love Hurts" thrown in for good measure. Providing full support is her Nashville-based ensemble, Mr. Groove, which is more than up to every rhythmic and harmonic task her stylistic diversity demands. It's almost like she can't decide if she wants to be a jazz singer or a blues-rocker who loves R&B. So she does it all. ~ Jonathan Widran
JazzTimes (p.137) - "Through it all, particularly on a flawless 'Work Song' that alone stands as testament to Bramlett's august skill, she's provided accompaniment as intelligent as it is robust by a six-man collective known, appropriately, as Mr. Groove."
No Depression (p.136) - "Bramlett's version of 'That Lucky Old Sun', savvy and poignant, goes a long way toward making up for any missteps. It's a roll around heaven, ad a soulful one at that."
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