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Fine and Mellow [Ruth Brown]

  • 1. Fine and Mellow
    2. I Ain't Got Nothin' But the Blues
    3. World I Never Made, A
    4. Salty Papa Blues
    5. I'll Drown in My Own Tears
    6. Knock Me a Kiss
    7. It's Just a Matter of Time
    8. Don't Get Around Much Anymore
    9. Nothing Takes the Place of You
    10. I'll Be Satisfied
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): FCD-9663-2

  • Credits
    ProducerRalph Jungheim
    EngineerJay Newland

    Personnel: Ruth Brown (vocals); Rodney Jones (guitar); Bill Easley, Jeff Clayton (alto saxophone); Herman Riley, Victor Goynes (tenor saxophone); Jack Nimitz (baritone saxophone); Virgil Jones (trumpet); Bill Berry (cornet); Buster Cooper (trombone); Frank Owens (piano); Bobby Forrester (Hammond B-3 organ); Bob Cranshaw (acoustic & electric basses); Al McKibbon (bass); Sherman Ferguson (drums).
    Recorded at Sage & Sound Studio, Hollywood, California on April 1 & 2, 1991; BMG Studio B, New York, New York on August 13, 1991. Includes liner notes by Kirk Silsbee.
    Personnel: Ruth Brown (vocals); Rodney Jones (guitar); Jeff Clayton , Bill Easley (alto saxophone); Herman Riley, Victor Goines (tenor saxophone); Jack Nimitz (baritone saxophone); Virgil Jones (trumpet); Bill Berry (cornet); Buster Cooper (trombone); Frank Owens (piano); Bob Cranshaw (electric bass); Akira Tana, Sherman Ferguson (drums).
    Recording information: BMG Studio B, New York, NY (04/01/1991-08/13/1991); Sage & Sound Studio, Hollywood, CA (04/01/1991-08/13/1991).
    Editor: Bill Lightner.
    Unknown Contributor Roles: Herman Riley; Jack Nimitz; Jeff Clayton ; Akira Tana; Al McKibbon; Rodney Jones; Ruth Brown; Sherman Ferguson; Victor Goines; Bill Easley; Bill Berry; Virgil Jones; Bob Cranshaw; Bobby Forrester; Frank Owens ; Buster Cooper.
    Arranger: Frank Owens .
    Nice contemporary effort with a strongly swinging R&B flavor running throughout. Ruth Brown goes back to the '40s (Louis Jordan's "Knock Me a Kiss," Dinah Washington's "Salty Papa Blues") and '50s (Brook Benton's "It's Just a Matter of Time," Jackie Wilson's "I'll Be Satisfied," the Lula Reed/Ray Charles dirge "Drown in My Own Tears") for much of the disc, paying loving tribute to her main lady Billie Holiday with the tasty title cut and delivering a pair of Duke Ellington numbers along the way. ~ Bill Dahl

  • Critic Reviews
    Living Blues (Sept.-Oct./92, p.57) - "..Brown rolls through the 10 tracks on FINE AND MELLOW with an effortless elan...[her] rich delivery is matched by a deliciously swinging horn-powered band.."
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