Johnny Adams Man of My Word
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- Released: August 18, 1998
- Originally Released: 1998
- Label: Rounder / Umgd
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Personnel: Johnny Adams, Aaron Neville, Nick Daniels, Charles Elam III, Earl J. Smith, Jr. (vocals); Walter "Wolfman" Washington, Michael Toles (guitar); Jim Spake (tenor & baritone saxophones); Scott Thompson (trumpet); Craig Klein (trombone); David Torkanowsky (keyboards); George Porter, Jr. (bass); Donnell Spencer, Jr. (drums); Elaine Foster (background vocals).
Recorded at Ultrasonic Studios, New Orleans, Louisiana from February-April 1998. Includes liner notes by Len Romano and Scott Billington.
Personnel: Johnny Adams (vocals); Charles Elam III (vocals, background vocals); Nick Daniels, Earl J. Smith, Jr., Aaron Neville (vocals); Michael Toles, Walter "Wolfman" Washington (guitar); Jim Spake (tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone); Scott Thompson (trumpet); Craig Klein (trombone); David Torkanowsky (keyboards); Donnell Spencer (drums); Elaine Foster (background vocals).
Audio Mixer: David Farrell .
Recording information: Ultrasonic Studios, New Orleans, LA (02/1998-04/1998).
Editor: David Farrell .
Photographers: Barbara Roberds; Rick Olivier.
Arrangers: Jim Spake; Scott Thompson.
Think soul music is a thing of the past? Or classic R&B, or whatever you'd call the genre that gave the world the music of Aretha Franklin, Otis Redding, Bobby "Blue" Bland and Al Green? Think again--think MAN OF MY WORD. Adams' powerful yet velvet-smooth voice is rich with the gospel and blues roots of soul/R&B. His singing recalls Solomon Burke, Walter Jackson and Jerry Butler, with a touch of early '60s Marvin Gaye. He's backed by a combo of New Orleans and Memphis players (featuring blues guitar ace Walter "Wolfman" Washington) who can make with restrained, old-style funk ("Bulldog Break His Chain,") put a country tinge in a wistful ballad ("I Don't Want to Know") and play the blues (the Robert Cray-like "This Time I'm Gone For Good"). Make no mistake--Johnny Adams has The Right Stuff, and he does the tradition proud.
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