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Jerry Portnoy - Down In The Mood Room (2002)

26-12-2014, 10:52
Music | Blues

Jerry Portnoy - Down In The Mood Room (2002)

Artist: Jerry Portnoy
Title Of Album: Down In The Mood Room
Year Of Release: 2002
Label: Tiny Town
Genre: Blues, Harmonica Blues
Format: Mp3
Quality: 320 kbps
Total Time: 51:35 Min
Total Size: 127 Mb


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

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

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