Article successfully added.
Gumbo Blues
This product is currently not available.
$18.09 *

Prices incl. VAT plus shipping costs

Item is temporarily out of stock.
Approx. delivery time: up to 3 weeks. (if available from supplier)

  • CDCLUB88
  • 0.1
The sub-title says it all: 'A tribute to Smiley Lewis and the pioneers Of New Orelans... more

Mitch Woods & His Rocket 88's: Gumbo Blues

The sub-title says it all: 'A tribute to Smiley Lewis and the pioneers Of New Orelans ryhthm'n'blues.' MITCH WOOD - pno/voc, HERB HARDESTY - sax, AMADEE CASTENELL -sax, BRIAN CAYOLLE - saxes, JOHN FOHL - gtr, CORNELL WILLIAMS - bass, ERIC BOLIVAR - drums.

Article properties: Mitch Woods & His Rocket 88's: Gumbo Blues

Woods, Mitch & His Rocket 88's - Gumbo Blues CD 1
01 Gumbo Blues
02 Ooh La La
03 Caledonia's Party
04 Ain't Gonna Do It
05 Big Mamou
06 Bumpity Bump
07 Too Many Drivers
08 Lil' Liza Jane
09 Blue Monday
10 Can't Stop Lovin' You
11 I Hear You Knockin'
12 Shame Shame Shame
Mitch Woods & His Rocket 88's Mitch Woods calls his music "Rock-a-Boogie," a personal... more
"Mitch Woods & His Rocket 88's"

Mitch Woods & His Rocket 88's

Mitch Woods calls his music "Rock-a-Boogie," a personal extension of the jump blues and boogie-woogie that rocked the roadhouses and jumped the juke joints of the late '40's and early '50s. It is a raucous sound currently gaining favor in blues and R&B circles. But Mitch is no latter-day dilettante sorting through old records to find himself a "new" sound; he has been playing this music for more than 20 years. After Mitch's arrival in the San Francisco Bay Area 20 years ago, Oakland blues guitarist HiTide Harris heard him play and was reminded of old Louis Jordan records, something Woods had never heard before. Encountering the jump band sound of Jordan was a major step in his quest.

"I am not a revivalist," cautions Woods. "I'm doing what I do. I have a love for the music and it's a style I want to carry into the '90s." His third Blind Pig album, Solid Gold Cadillac, is a typical mixed bag of material for Woods and his Rocket 88s; a few originals, a few old favorites finally commited to posterity, a few obscurities that found their way into his hands, all informed by the unique flair and distinctive character Woods brings to his music. Sources range from obvious quarters like Joe Liggins' "Pink Champagne" to forgotten nuggets like the early Leiber and Stoller "Got a New Car."

His own numbers like the title track or "Blues Hangover" feature the same irreverant bonhomie and jaunty ripostes as the vintage numbers. Clearly Woods has learned his lessons at the feets of the masters. Helping him and the regulation Rocket 88s on these sessions were an array of guests, including the Roomful of Blues reed section, saxmen from the East Coast allies in the same school of music; guitarist Ronnie Earl, a Roomful alumnus himself; and ace blues harpist Charlie Musselwhite, who put his inimitable touch on "Blues Hangover." Woods' own band includes veterans who have played with the likes of Commander Cody, Elvin Bishop, Marcia Ball and others.

The selections find Woods and the 88s giving the old Clarence Garlow number "Crawfishin'" a Professor Longhair New Orleans flavor; Woods trying his hand at the Hammond B-3 organ on an Albert Collins standard, "Frosty," that showcases guitaristics from both Kenny Ray of the 88s and Ronnie Earl, sitting in on the track. Mostly, however, the album rides down the middle of a honky-tonk groove that led Woods to labelling the sound "rock-a-boogie." Woods cites musicians like Jordan, Wynonie Harris, Roy Milton, Jimmy Liggins, and even Louis Prima as inspirations. Rippling brass and rolling keyboards meet a walloping backbeat and it's "let the good times roll."

This music has lain hidden under the floorboards, never unearthed by rock scholars or British revivalists, but may have formed the bedrock of uptown R&B music by Ray Charles, Joe Turner, even Chuck Berry and James Brown. For Woods, it has been the subject of fascination his entire adult life. He combed record stores for hints of the literature. He made his way into the heart of West Oakland, where Louis Jordan was playing the Showcase. He drove to see Mr. Honeydripper himself, Joe Liggins, play one of his last gigs. After meeting this giant of the music between sets, Woods was invited to join the festivities onstage. "He turned over the band to me," recalls Woods. "Would you welcome Mr. Rocket 88 himself," said Liggins. "He's a man with quite a left hand . . .

(Joel Selvin, San Francisco Chronicle)

Review 0
Read, write and discuss reviews... more
Customer evaluation for "Gumbo Blues"
Write an evaluation
Evaluations will be activated after verification.
Please enter the digits and letters in the following text field.

The fields marked with * are required.

Weitere Artikel von Mitch Woods & His Rocket 88's
Jammin' on the High Cs Mitch Woods & His Rocket 88's: Jammin' on the High Cs Art-Nr.: CDVIZT8815

Currently not available

$18.31 *
Friends Along The Way (CD) Mitch Woods & His Rocket 88's: Friends Along The Way (CD) Art-Nr.: CDEON8958

Ready to ship today,
Delivery time appr. 1-3 workdays

$17.23 *
Solid Gold Cadillac (CD) Mitch Woods & His Rocket 88's: Solid Gold Cadillac (CD) Art-Nr.: CDBP74191

Ready to ship today,
Delivery time appr. 1-3 workdays

$18.31 * $10.75 *
Richard Younger: Get A Shot Of...The Story Arthur Alexander: Richard Younger: Get A Shot Of...The Story Art-Nr.: 0001018

Currently not available

$27.00
Michael Streissgut:Pioneer Of Nashville Sound Eddy Arnold: Michael Streissgut:Pioneer Of Nashville Sound Art-Nr.: 0001029

Currently not available

$20.47
Abbi Hübner: Sein Leben Seine Musik Seine Sc Louis Armstrong: Abbi Hübner: Sein Leben Seine Musik Seine Sc Art-Nr.: 0001030

Currently not available

$26.78
Marc Boettcher: Legende einer Sängerin Alexandra: Marc Boettcher: Legende einer Sängerin Art-Nr.: 0001032

Currently not available

$32.35
As I Write A Letter The Beatles: As I Write A Letter Art-Nr.: 0002018

Currently not available

$16.20
Nothing Is Beatle Proof The Beatles: Nothing Is Beatle Proof Art-Nr.: 0002023

Currently not available

$48.60
D.Morton: A Black Star In Early Country Music BAILEY, Deford: D.Morton: A Black Star In Early Country Music Art-Nr.: 0002033

Currently not available

$32.35
Photobook & CD Bernardo Bertolucci: Photobook & CD Art-Nr.: 0002105

Currently not available

$10.75
Viewed