Memphis... Yes, I'm Ready

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Memphis... Yes, I'm Ready
Memphis... Yes, I'm Ready - album cover.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedSeptember 15, 2017
RecordedSeptember 5–11, 2016
StudioRoyal Studios, Memphis, TN
GenreSoul, R&B
ProducerDee Dee Bridgewater, Tulani Bridgewater Kowalski, Kirk Whalum, Lawrence "Boo" Mitchell
Dee Dee Bridgewater chronology
Dee Dee's Feathers
Memphis... Yes, I'm Ready
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4/5 stars[1]
Record Collector3/5 stars[2]

Memphis... Yes, I'm Ready is a 2017 studio album by American jazz singer Dee Dee Bridgewater released via OKeh label.[3][4][5][6]


Returning to her birthtown, Memphis, Tennessee (her family moved to Flint, MI, when she was three years old), Dee Dee Bridgewater embraces the music she grew up with, R&B and soul. Her father was also "a young on-air DJ with the moniker ‘Matt the Platter Cat.’"[7] For the project she teamed up with Lawrence "Boo" Mitchell, owner of the Royal Studios in Memphis, where Mitchell's grandfather Willie already produced the music of Al Green, Ann Peebles, Quiet Elegance and others for his label Hi Records. The musicians were locals as well, such as saxophonist Kirk Whalum, guitarist Garry Goin, and Charles Hodges from The Hodges Brothers, the usual rhythm section of the Hi recordings. Featured as vocal backup were the Stax Music Academy. The repertoire was meant to be as southern as the interpretation, it reached from "The Thrill Is Gone" (B.B. King), "Hound Dog" (Big Mama Thornton), and the gospel song "Take My Hand, Precious Lord" (Mahalia Jackson) to "Why Am I Treated So Bad!" (The Staple Singers), "Try a Little Tenderness" (Otis Redding), and two songs by Isaac Hayes and David Porter.


Mark Deming of Allmusic noted that "with a top-shelf soul band cooking behind her, Dee Dee Bridgewater steps up as a top-shelf soul singer, smooth when she should be, good and gritty when she wants to be, and sounding tough, passionate, and firmly in command at all times... Dee Dee Bridgewater strips off some of the polish from her style on Memphis...Yes, I'm Ready without betraying her talent or best musical instincts, and this detour into Soul City is a treat that should please her fans, as well as anyone who digs Southern soul."[8]

Mark McKergow of London Jazz News wrote: "Much of the repertoire is instantly recognisable [...] being given the Dee Dee treatment. The band assembled for the sessions offers fine support, [...] the predominant sound is low-down, bassy and utterly solid."[9]

Track listing[edit]

1."Yes, I'm Ready"Barbara Mason4:57
2."Giving Up"Van McCoy4:55
3."I Can't Get Next to You"Barrett Strong, Norman Whitfield5:16
4."Going Down Slow"St. Louis Jimmy Oden4:45
5."Why (Am I Treated So Bad)"Roebuck Staples4:36
6."B-A-B-Y"Isaac Hayes, David Porter4:04
7."The Thrill Is Gone"Rick Ravon Darnell, Roy Hawkins5:38
8."The Sweeter He Is"Isaac Hayes, David Porter6:45
9."I Can't Stand the Rain"Donald Maurice Bryant, Bernard Miller, Ann Peebles3:06
10."Don't Be Cruel"Otis Blackwell, Elvis Presley4:40
11."Hound Dog"Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller3:38
12."Try a Little Tenderness"James Campbell, Reginald Connelly, Harry Woods5:25
13."Take My Hand, Precious Lord"Thomas A. Dorsey, Sobie Frank Frazier, Jeff Majors4:18
Total length:1:02:03



  • Dee Dee Bridgewater – vocals
  • Kirk Whalum – tenor and baritone saxophone
  • Lannie McMillan, Kirk Smothers – tenor saxophone
  • Marc Franklin – trumpet
  • Kameron Whalum – trombone
  • John Stoddart – keyboards, vocal arrangements
  • Charles Hodges – Hammond organ
  • Garry Goin – guitar
  • Jackie Clark – bass
  • James Sexton – drums
  • Lawrence "Boo" Mitchell – cymbals, electric bongos, tambourine
  • Sharisse Norman, Candise Rayborn-Marshall, Kevin Whalum – background vocals
  • Stax Music Academy – vocals (background)


  • Dee Dee Bridgewater, Kirk Whalum, Tulani Bridgewater Kowalski, Lawrence "Boo" Mitchell - producers
  • John Stoddart – associate producer
  • Ted Jensen – engineer
  • Tulani Bridgewater Kowalski – art direction, cover art, photography
  • Thomas Brodin – design
  • Rachel Ashley – photography
  • Dee Dee Bridgewater – liner notes


  1. ^ "Dee Dee Bridgewater: Memphis... Yes, I'm Ready". Allmusic. Retrieved 1 December 2017.
  2. ^ Waring, Charles. "Memphis…Yes, I'm Ready (*** OKeh)". Record Collector. Retrieved 15 June 2018.
  3. ^ "Dee Dee Bridgewater – Memphis... Yes, I'm Ready". Discogs. Retrieved 1 December 2017.
  4. ^ McKergow, Mark (November 23, 2017). "CD REVIEW: Dee Dee Bridgewater – Memphis… Yes, I'm Ready". London Jazz News. Retrieved 1 December 2017.
  5. ^ Harris, George W. (September 28, 2017). "Dee Dee Bridgewater: Memphis…Yes, I'm Ready". Jazz Weekly. Retrieved 1 December 2017.
  6. ^ Murph, John (22 August 2017). "Q&A with Dee Dee Bridgewater: Memories of Memphis". DownBeat. Retrieved 7 December 2017.
  7. ^ "Dee Dee Bridgewater: Memphis... Yes, I'm Ready". Dee Dee Bridgewater homepage. DDB Productions, Inc. Retrieved 14 January 2019.
  8. ^ "Dee Dee Bridgewater: Memphis... Yes, I'm Ready". Allmusic. Retrieved 1 December 2017.
  9. ^ McKergow, Mark (23 November 2017). "CD REVIEW: Dee Dee Bridgewater – Memphis… Yes, I'm Ready". London Jazz News. Retrieved 15 June 2018.

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