Clarence Gatemouth Brown
Gates's On The Heat
SSC3052
2007-02-20
Gates's On The Heat by Clarence

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Gate's On The Heat - 5:10
Man And His Environment - 3:03
Funky Mama - 4:56
Jelly, Jelly - 4:58
St. Louis Blues - 2:49
Please Mr. Nixon - 4:59
The Drifter - 7:28
One Mint Julep - 3:24
River's Invitation - 4:44
Dollar's Got The Blues - 5:23
Traveling Mood - 7:53
Three Weeks And A Suitcase - 7:40

 

Musicians:
Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown - vocals, guitar, violin, harmonica
Joe Jammer - guitar
Andre Herve - organ
Michel Hervé - acoustic bass
Christian Devaux - drums
Canned Heat - guitar
Henry Vestine - guitar
James Shane - guitar
Ed Beyer - , tenor saxophone
Richard Hite - acoustic bass
Adolfo “Fito”de la Parra - drums
The Memphis Horns -
Wayne Jackson - trumpet
Andrew Love - tenor saxophone
Ed Logan - tenor saxophone
James Mitchell - baritone saxophone
The London Strings - violin

Clarence gained a large, new following through sides for Black and Blue Records in Paris, and concerts in Europe. This album features some of the first material recorded by him after a 6-year absence from the studio.
Clarence first tried electric violin on record in 1959, for the Peacock label, but occasional singles could not put across the extent of his talent; this album does, and it also showcases his command of electric-guitar and a familiarity with contemporary tastes in blues, funk and soul. Originally recorded in France with French sidemen or the Canned Heat, strings were added to some tracks in London and finally the Memphis Horns were overdubbed in Memphis. Clarence Brown is no longer the mean, boogie-rambler who first recorded 27 years ago, but he’s still Mr. Gatemouth, one of Texas’ finest.

Reviews:

Special for the casual excellence he presents his singing and playing of the guitar and fiddle on originals and quirky makeovers of " St Louis Blues" and "River's Invitation".

Frank-John Hadley, DOWNBEAT - June 2007
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[this] remains the most ambitious album of Brown's long career.

, LIVING BLUES MAGAZINE - June 2007
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It's a hard-grooving disc for the most part, and the seven-minutes-plus, improvised' The Drifter," is a showcase for Brown's electric violin worK.

Phil Freeman, JAZZIZ - May 2007
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