Ruth Brown Blues on Broadway
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- Released: October 1, 1989
- Originally Released: 1989
- Label: Fantasy
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Personnel: Ruth Brown (vocals); Rodney Jones (guitar, banjo); Hank Crawford (alto saxophone); Red Holloway (tenor saxophone); Spanky Davis (trumpet); Britt Woodman (trombone); Bobby Forrester (piano, Hammond B-3 organ); Al McKibbon (acoustic bass); Grady Tate (drums).
Recorded at RCA Studio C, New York, New York on June 12 & 13, 1989. Includes liner notes by Chip Deffaa.
Personnel: Ruth Brown (vocals); Rodney Jones (guitar, banjo); Hank Crawford (alto saxophone); Red Holloway (tenor saxophone); Spanky Davis (trumpet); Britt Woodman (trombone); Bobby Forrester (piano, organ); Al McKibbon (acoustic bass); Grady Tate (drums).
Liner Note Author: Chip Deffaa.
Recording information: RCA Studio, NY (06/12/1989-06/13/1989).
Photographer: Frank Lindner.
Unknown Contributor Roles: Grady Tate; Hank Crawford; Al McKibbon; Red Holloway; Rodney Jones; Ruth Brown; Spanky Davis; Bobby Forrester; Britt Woodman.
Arrangers: Ralph Jungheim; Rodney Jones.
BLUES ON BROADWAY was recorded in 1989, a mere week after Ruth Brown's triumphant comeback in the Broadway smash "Black and Blue" had netted her a Tony Award. The album features three songs from that show-"St. Louis Blues," the double entendre-laden "If I Can't Sell It," and "Tain't Nobody's Biz-ness"-and Brown sings the pants off each one. As usual, she's backed by a small but versatile Hammond organ-led combo.
The rest of BLUES ON BROADWAY is a mix of more familiar blues tunes ("Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out") and standards ("Duke Ellington's "Come Sunday"). The exception is "I Don't Breakdance," a new tune (written by Brown's guitarist Rodney Jones) in which Brown also informs us that she doesn't play Pac-Man very well.
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