Guitar Shorty Get Wise To Yourself
- Released: February 1, 1996
- Originally Released: 1996
- Label: Black Top
JazzTimes - 4/96, p.65"...Shorty stings with typically aggressive Albert King-inspired guitar work on a set of good humored, hard driving funk and shuffle blues numbers..."
Living Blues - 43-4/96, pp.63-64"...his Black Top encore is a largely satisfying affair..."
Sing Out! - 4-5-6/97, pp.146-147"...the best new, electric blues album I've heard this year. Guitar Shorty is doing all the old things, and he's showing that there's still value in doing them right: with vigor and sincerity, and with a killer band in back..."
- 1.I'm The Clean Up Man
- 2.You Better Get Wise To Yourself
- 3.I Don't Know Why
- 4.You Don't Treat Me Right
- 5.My Baby Loves To Do The Bump
- 6.Hard To Stay Above The Ground
- 7.You Left Me Dreaming
- 8.She's Built, She's Built To Kill
- 9.A Fool Who Wants To Stay
- 10.The Blues Done Got Me
- 11.Ways Of Man
- 12.Smells Good
Personnel: Guitar Shorty (guitar, vocals); Ward Smith (alto, tenor & baritone saxophones); Mark "Kaz" Kazanoff (tenor & baritone saxophones); Ernest Youngblood, Jr. (tenor saxophone); Steve Howard (trumpet, flugelhorn); Mark Mullins (trombone); Riley Osborne (organ, piano); Sammy Berfect (organ); Lee Allen Zeno (bass); Raymond Weber (drums, percussion); Phillip Manuel, Charles Elam (background vocals).
Recorded at Ultrasonic Studios, New Orleans, Louisiana in August and September 1995.
Personnel: Guitar Shorty (vocals, guitar); Ward Smith (alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone); Mark "Kaz" Kazanoff (tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone); Ernest Youngblood, Jr. (tenor saxophone); Steve Howard (trumpet, flugelhorn); Mark Mullins (trombone); Riley Osborne (piano, organ); Sammy Berfect (organ); Raymond Weber (drums, percussion); Charles Elam III, Phillip Manuel (background vocals).
Audio Mixers: David Farrell ; Hammond Scott; Steve Reynolds.
Recording information: Ultrasonic Studios, New Orleans, LA (08/1995/09/1995).
Editors: David Farrell ; Hammond Scott; Steve Reynolds.
Photographer: Rick Olivier.
This gem of a disc shows Guitar Shorty (David Kearney) off on one of the highlights of his too-limited recorded efforts. He is one of the most flamboyant guitar players you will ever have the chance to see. His stage act was inspired by Guitar Slim, and he in turn inspired and influenced his stepbrother-in-law, a fellow by the name of Jimi Hendrix. This disc is filled with his searing blues guitar work. The only exception is the bouncy Mark "Kaz" Kasanoff tune "A Fool Who Wants to Stay," though Kasanoff is an associate producer of this disc (maybe that says enough). The rest will give you more than your fill of Shorty's inflammatory and slashing style of guitar licks, the very tight horn section arranged by Kasanoff augmenting him, and the solid musicians who are in the band that backs him. The best way to experience Shorty is live, but this is one of his best recorded efforts with fine production and a good clean sound that shows his abilities off in the best light. But if you get a chance, don't miss his show. Although he is now moving up in years, he still makes sure you get a good show, because he is a showman as well as being one hell of a guitar player. ~ Bob Gottlieb
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