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Dalannah & Owen - Been Around A While (2015)

2-11-2015, 17:37
Music | Jazz | Vocal Jazz | Blues

Title: Been Around A While
Year Of Release: 2015
Label: Quest Records
Genre: Jazz/Blues Vocals
Quality: 320 kbps
Total Time: 41:10
Total Size: 106 MB

1. Been Around A While (3:04)
2. Early In The Morning (3:32)
3. That Ain't It (2:49)
4. Blues Mother Of Sin (3:36)
5. Already Gone (3:22)
6. Queen Bee (4:12)
7. Inner City Blues (4:18)
8. Heaven's Right Here (3:26)
9. Come On In My Kitchen (5:24)
10. Why I Sing The Blues (3:58)
11. Walkin' Blues (3:25)

It takes a lot of creative momentum to drive a bass/vocals duet for an entire collection of songs. It takes a lot of guts also. The duo Dalannah and Owen take a running stab at it...and mostly succeed. Been Around Awhile collects eleven originals and time-tested covers in the small space of their chosen performance format. Included here are interesting covers of Robert Johnson's "Come on in My Kitchen" and Eddie "Son" House's "Walkin' Blues." The sonic room is starkly furnished, allowing for vocalist Dalannah Bowen's full and expressive voice to fill the corners of songs, while bassist Owen Veber explores the nether regions of the electric six-string bass.

It is on a more contemporary cover that the pair destroys genre designations. Marvin Gaye's "Inner City Blues" provides the two a durable vehicle with which to demonstrate that the blues are never very far away from the center of things. Over Veber's most impressionistic playing, Bowen reaches deep for the Gaye's tired and angry message. Bowen does not sing this as a "soul" song, she reaches to the bottom of the gutbucket and pulls out the authentic real as Louis Armstrong and as pungent as delta dirt. ~by C. Michael Bailey

Personnel: Dalannah Bowen: vocals; Owen Veber: six-string bass.

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