Down Beat - 12/97, p.923.5 stars (out of 5)
- "...she gives her all....Brown's keen on having fun, trading quips with Bonnie Raitt or Johnny Adams on a couple tunes..."
Personnel: Ruth Brown (vocals); Bonnie Raitt (vocals, slide guitar); Johnny Adams (vocals); Duke Robillard, Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown, Rodney Jones (guitar); Wessel Anderson (alto saxophone); Ed Petersen (tenor saxophone); Victor Goines (baritone saxophone); Barney Floyd, Charlie Miller (trumpet); Delfeayo Marsalis (trombone); Bobby Forrester (piano, Hammond B-3 organ); James Singleton, Rufus Reid (bass); Herlin Riley, Akira Tana (drums).
Recorded at Ultrasonic Studios, New Orleans, Louisiana from January 20-24, 1997; The Magic Shop, New York, New York on February 28, 1997. Includes liner notes by Chip Deffaa.
R+B = RUTH BROWN was nominated for a 1998 Grammy Award for Best Traditional Blues Album.
Personnel: Ruth Brown (vocals); Bonnie Raitt (vocals, slide guitar); Johnny Adams (vocals); Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown, Duke Robillard, Rodney Jones (guitar); Wessell Anderson (alto saxophone); Ed Petersen, Ed Peterson (tenor saxophone); Victor Goines (baritone saxophone); Barney Floyd, Charles Miller, Charlie Miller (trumpet); Delfeayo Marsalis (trombone); Dave Keyes, Bobby Forrester (piano); Herlin Riley, Akira Tana (drums).
Audio Mixer: David Farrell .
Liner Note Author: Chip Deffaa.
Recording information: Magic Shop, New York, NY (01/20/1997-02/28/1997); Ultrasonic Studios, New Orleans, LA (01/20/1997-02/28/1997); Ultrasound Studios, New Orleans, LA (01/20/1997-02/28/1997).
Editor: David Farrell .
Photographers: Jeff Dunas; Jean Hangarter; Shonna Valeska.
Arrangers: Victor Goines; Wardell Quezergue.
Ruth Brown is a genuine American treasure, as evidenced by this fine collection of rhythm and blues. The fact that a lot of her own countrymen still aren't familiar with Ruth Brown, while she carries virtual legend status throughout much of the rest of the world, says a lot more about native musical ignorance than it does about European taste. Well, not to worry, Brown has re-emerged, to remind us all of what a great R&B singer she is.
Plain and simple, the lady can sing, as she proves on tunes like "That Train Don't Stop Here," a swinging jam from a woman who's plain fed up with her man, and "Destination Heartbreak," a song that recalls, in its style and structure, her earlier Atlantic records. This disc features tunes both old and new, and the tasteful arrangements do all of them justice. If you aren't familiar with Ruth Brown's work, take this opportunity to get acquainted!