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Tore Down House
Scott Henderson (Guitar)
2. Tore Down House
4. I Hate You
5. Gittar School
8. You Get off on Me
11. Same as You
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 92722
Scott Henderson; Scott Kinsey
Personnel: Scott Henderson (guitar); Thelma Houston, Masta Edwards (vocals); Albert Wing (alto & tenor saxophones, horns, flute); Mike Nelson (tenor & baritone saxophones); Walt Fowler, Dan Fornero (trumpet, flugelhorn); Eric Jorgenson (trombone); Pat O'Brien (harmonica); Scott Kinsey (keyboards); Dave Carpenter (bass); Kirk Covington (drums); T.J. Helmerich, Mark Nonisa (background vocals).
Recorded at HAM Studios and Musicians Institute, Hollywood, California in August 1996.
All tracks have been digitally mastered using HDCD technology.
Personnel: Scott Henderson (guitar); Thelma Houston, Masta Edwards (vocals); Albert Wing (flute, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, horns); Pat O'Brien (harmonica); Michael Nelson (tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone); Dan Fornero, Walt Fowler (trumpet, flugelhorn); Eric Jorgensen (trombone); Scott Kinsey (keyboards); Kirk Covington (drums); T.J. Helmerich (background vocals).
Audio Mixer: T.J. Helmerich.
Recording information: HAM Studios, Musicians Institute, Hollywood, CA (08/1996).
Photographer: Daniel Ray.
Unknown Contributor Role: Albert Wing.
This album resonates with sheer power. Like a steamroller tearing down a house, Scott Henderson and company comes shining through with Tore Down House, a gripping list of songs that beg the listener to truly appreciate the blues. Throughout the compilation, Henderson explores his diverse range of blues improvisation, using a plethora of pedals and effects, but not as so to diminish the full strength of the classic Fender Strat sound. "Dolemite" gets the jam going with a spontaneous free-for-all blues session. "I Hate You" is a romantic, witty ballad seemingly coming from the lost decade of the '50s. "Darling you ruined my life/so I hate you and I always will," sings guest Thelma Houston with chants of "You suck" in the background, granting a message of what one would feel about those who can't stand to be around that certain someone that's destroying their life. "Take this job and shove it./I'm going to guitar school," shouts the fiery Henderson in the rocking blues breaker, "Gittar School." With six other surprises featured on Tore Down House, it's a sure bet the first time listener of this artist's art will become a longtime fan. His band features a splendid group of experienced blues rockers, such as the likes of Pat O'Brien on harmonica, Dave Carpenter on bass, Kirk Covington on drums, Scott Kinsley on keyboards, and a host of sax, trumpet, and other brass players. This is a hands down classic blues album and a must for those who are crazy for the genre. ~ Shawn Haney
Down Beat (9/97, p.52) - 3 1/2 stars (out of 5) - "...Henderson's fretboard firepower aggressively reconfigures the blues with an assortment of lightning licks and sizzling solos....Henderson's guitar work is unquestionably exciting..."
JazzTimes (9/97, p.67) - "the jazz-trained guitarist unleashes with a fretboard frenzy that goes beyond Stevie Ray Vaughan's technique while summoning up his soulful spirit....From start to finish, this disc is inventive, witty and killing."
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