Personnel: Billy Hinds, Duncan Cameron, Michael Toles (guitar); Vickie Lancaster (strings, French horn, percussion); Jim Horn (alto saxophone, baritone saxophone); Harvey Thompson (tenor saxophone, synthesizer); Mike Haynes (trumpet, flugelhorn); Harrison Calloway (trumpet); Charles Rose (trombone); Marvell Thomas (Fender Rhodes piano); Carson Whitsett (keyboards); Ray Griffin (bass guitar); Roger Hawkins, James Robertson (drums); Dorothy Moore, George Jackson, John Whitaker, Jewel Bass, Thomisene Anderson, Tommy Tate, Catherine Henderson (background vocals).
Recording information: Malaco Studios, Jackson, MS; Muscle Shoals Sound Studios, Sheffield, AL.
Arranger: Harrison Calloway.
Still Trapped found Denise LaSalle entering the '90s without having changed her approach very much since the '70s. Rejecting slick, technology-driven urban contemporary music, the gritty singer continued to excel by pretty much sticking with the type of Southern-style soul and blues Stax Records was recording 20 and 25 years earlier. LaSalle had long since disappeared from black radio play lists, but still commanded a loyal following (especially in the Deep South). A welcome addition to her catalog, Still Trapped is state-of-the-art LaSalle -- earthy, humorous and sassy as hell. From an inspired cover of Al Green's "Love and Happiness" to such hard-edged LaSalle originals as "Chain Letter," "Drop That Zero" and "Wild Thing (All Night Long)," this CD makes listeners grateful that LaSalle has remained true to herself. ~ Alex Henderson