Blues 'N' Jazz

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Blues 'N' Jazz
Blues 'N' Jazz.jpg
Studio album by
Released1983
RecordedM. & I. Recording, New York City and Rivendale Recorders, Pasadena, Texas
GenreBlues
LabelMCA
ProducerSidney A. Seidenberg
B.B. King chronology
Love Me Tender
(1982)
Blues 'N' Jazz
(1983)
Better Than Ever
(1984)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3/5 stars[1]

Blues 'N' Jazz is the twenty-eighth studio blues album by B.B. King released in 1983. It was recorded on his 57th birthday, September 16, 1983.

Background[edit]

Writing in the album sleeve-notes, producer Sid Seidenberg says: "Recording his forty-first album on his birthday in New York was a highlight of B.B.'s career. Returning from one of his most successful tours, in Europe where he played at most of the continent's jazz festivals. B.B. King went into the studio with "his friends" from Blues and Jazz and began to express himself."[2]

Reception[edit]

Reviewing the album for AllMusic, Eugene Chadbourne writes:

Blues 'N' Jazz is a terrific documentation of King's big band during the '80s, sexed up just perfectly with choice guest stars. Tenor saxophonist Arnett Cobb's presence was duly noted by hipsters one and all in a decade when soulful saxophonists once taken for granted began to be feted, even lauded with documentary films. Shorted on appreciation as always, although some of the Grammy glory must have rubbed off, the journeymen of the King road band enterprise give off a huge part of this project's glow. Damning with faint praise, critics approaching the album from retrospect admit that it is a different stew entirely then later King hits sarcastically dubbed "blues lite." Sure it is, since King's touring ensemble always plays with a lot more heart than that.[1]

The album won a Grammy Award for best blues album of 1983.[1]

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No.TitleLength
1."Inflation Blues" (L.Jordan, A. Alexander, T. Southern)4.12
2."Broken Heart" (B.B. King)2.43
3."Sell My Monkey" (B.B. King)3.02
4."Heed My Warning" (L.Jordan, H. Bowman)5:05
5."Teardrops from My Eyes" (Rudolph Toombs)4.59
Side two
No.TitleLength
6."Rainbow Riot" (Andy Gibson, Angelyn Carlington)3.37
7."Darlin' You Know I Love You" (Jules Bihari, Riley B. King)4.44
8."Make Love to Me" (Bill Norvas, Alan Copeland, Paul Mares, Ben Pollack, Mel Stitzel, Walter Melrose)4:27
9."I Can't Let You Go" (B.B. King)3.48

Personnel[edit]

Musicians[edit]

Technical[edit]

  • Sidney A. Seidenberg – producer
  • Calvin Owens – arranger
  • Peter Darmi – engineer
  • Doug Grama – assistant engineer
  • Bill Kipper – mastering
  • Kathe Schreyer – art director and designer
  • Timothy Eames – birthday cake
  • Larry DuPont – photographer

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Blues 'n' Jazz - B.B. King - Songs, Reviews, Credits - AllMusic". AllMusaic. Retrieved 5 September 2016.
  2. ^ Sid Seidenberg (1983), sleeve-notes, Blues 'N' Jazz, MCA Records: MCF 3170, MCA-5413

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