Keb' Mo' Big Wide Grin
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- Released: June 5, 2001
- Originally Released: 2001
- Label: Sony Mod - Afw Line
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Personnel includes: Keb' Mo' (vocals, guitar, banjo); Brenda Russell, Barbara Morrison (vocals); Leo Nocentelli (guitar); Greg Leisz (pedal steel guitar, mandola); Clayton Gibb (banjo); Gerald Albright (saxophone); Jeff Young (piano, organ); "Ready" Freddie Washington (bass); Sergio Gonzalez, Laval Belle (drums); Luis Conte (percussion); The Family, Alex Brown, Bobette Harrison-Jamison, Randy Phillips (background vocals).
Recorded at Groove Masters Studio and Sony Studios, Santa Monica, California; A Cut Above Studio, Ventura, California; House Of Blues Studio, Encino, California.
BIG WIDE GRIN was nominated for the 2002 Grammy Award for Best Musical Album For Children.
Personnel: Keb' Mo' (vocals, guitar, banjo, harmonica, keyboards, background vocals); Barbara Morrison (vocals); Leo Nocentelli (guitar); Greg Leisz (mandola); Danilo Lozano (flute); Gerald Albright (alto saxophone); Robert Hurst (upright bass); Laval Belle, Roy McCurdy, Sergio Gonz lez (drums); Luis Conte (percussion); Bobette Harrison-Jamison, Alex Brown, Perla Batalla, Phillip Ingram, Randy Phillips (background vocals).
Audio Mixer: Ed Cherney .
Photographer: Carl Studna.
With baby boomers and many members of Generation X having grown up with rock & roll as their music of choice, it stands to reason the idea of a "children's album" needs to be redefined. Contemporary blues guitarist Keb' Mo' keeps this concept at the forefront of BIG WIDE GRIN, a collection of songs suitable for sharing with the whole family as opposed to being tailored solely for the little ones.
Blessed with a rich singing voice, fleet fingers, and a laid-back delivery, Mo' delivers clever arrangements of R&B favorites by The O'Jays (a twangy "Love Train"), Sly & The Family Stone (a casually swinging "Family Affair"), and Bill Withers (a loping "Grandma's Hands"). In keeping with the familial theme, the Compton native addresses topics including adoption (the heartfelt Brenda Russell duet "I Am Your Mother Too"), love for a step-parent ("Color Him Father"), and thankfulness for a blessed life (a Bonnie Raitt-like "Infinite Eyes"). Goosing along this occasionally weighty collection are a few instances of Keb' Mo' loosening up, particularly on a jumping version of Slim Gaillard's jive classic "The Flat Foot Floogie" and a playful duet with son Kevin Jr. on Joni Mitchell's "Big Yellow Taxi."
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