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Vee Allen - Bluesin' In The Big Easy (Feat. Dr. John) (2015)

2-07-2015, 17:57
Music | Jazz | Blues

Vee Allen - Bluesin' In The Big Easy  (Feat. Dr. John) (2015)

Artist: Vee Allen
Title Of Album: Bluesin' In The Big Easy (Feat. Dr. John)
Year Of Release: 2015
Genre: New Orleans Blues, Blues Jazz
Label: Self Released
Format: MP3
Quality: 320 kbps, 44.1 Khz
Total Time: 40:19
Total Size: 100 MB
Covers: Front

01. Big Easy Blues, Pt. 1 (Feat. Dr. John & The Lower 911) (3:40)
02. Big Easy Blues, Pt. 2 (Feat. Dr. John & The Lower 911) (3:10)
03. Source Of Comfort (5:20)
04. Everything But What I Want (4:50)
05. Don't Ask Me To Let You Go (3:51)
06. Talk To Me (Feat. Dr. John & The Lower 911) (4:55)
07. Candy (Feat. Dr. John & The Lower 911) (5:07)
08. Sunday Kind Of Love (Feat. Dr. John & The Lower 911) (5:07)
09. Time After Time (Feat. Dr. John & The Lower 911) (4:22)

I began working on this CD several years ago in Seattle, Washington during a jam session with my friends Dr. John and the Lower 911 & Scott Ross of Elliott bay Studio. I had hoped to record a CD of my favorite songs -jazzier types of songs - as David Cole (UK) had suggested. However, Dr. John advised me to use my own songs . We recorded five tracks and I went back to the drawing board.

One of the songs we cut was really a blues jam with me singing lyrics to various blues songs while the band played whatever they felt - lead of course by Mac’s keyboard and David Barard’s funky bass. What I realized is that when Mac and the Lower 911 play, you get this distinctive New Orleans sound that permeates the music beautifully and unmistakably. Mac’s tickling the upper register keys make me think of water and inspired me to write to the well-known adage ”You don’t miss your water ‘til your well runs dry”. That song became my “Big Easy Blues” and the entire CD became “Bluesin’ in the Big Easy.”

I spent the next couple of years trying to decide which songs to add to the CD. Much to my surprise and disappointment, Mac and the 911 parted ways around that time, so I did not have access to them anymore to complete the CD with me. I decided to pull three songs from my previous album “Woman Enough” which featured the Lower 911 Band without Dr. John with lyrics by me (David Barard helped with the music on “Source of Comfort”). The CD was mixed by various engineers: Gene Fiero at Singlesound in Brighton, Michigan; Dennis Tousana at Soundmine in Chicago; Ben Lorio at the Music Shed in New Orleans, with the final touch provided by Kevin Nix of Larry Nix Mastering service at Ardent Studio in Memphis. I have to mention that the famous “Tom Tom” Washington offered considerable help with studio sessions in Chicago. He brought in Theresa Davis (formerly of the Emotions) to add her magic to the background vocals on “Big Easy Blues”(David Barard and Nathaniel Allen III joined in on this one, also in New Orleans). David Barard and Cossetta Taylor did the background work on “Everything But What I Want”, “Source of Comfort” and “Don’t Ask Me to Let Go.”

Dr. John played on five of the songs; David Barard played on all songs on this CD and did the background on 4 songs; the late Herman Ernest played on the three songs from “Woman Enough”; Herlan Riley played on five songs and John Fohl played on all songs. I am grateful to have had these Grammy winning artists play with me on this CD. I have the highest regard for their talent.

Notable horns were provided on several tracks by Mark Kieme of Michigan and the guitar solo on “Big Easy Blues“ was by Takashi Matsumura.

Special thanks to Dr. John and the Lower 911.

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