5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Great bluesy vocals and boogie piano = a wonderful record,
This review is from: Ain't Got No Troubles (Audio CD)
Singer and pianist Eden Brent (Little Boogaloo) from Greenville, Mississippi recorded this record in New Orleans with Canadian blues guitarist Colin Linden in the producer's chair. This isn't the smooth jazz of Norah Jones, Eden's voice is much raspier and the overall sound is rawer and more earthy, although the track "Leave me alone" does have the laid-back country groove that one associates with Norah. Eden writes eight of the songs here and her great boogie piano is very much to the fore - to the extent that New Orleans piano legend John Cleary is relegated to playing Hammond organ!
There is lots of variety here from the Dixieland of the title track, to the ragtime duet with Colin Linden on "If I can't", to the easy rolling New Orleans bounce of "Let's Boogie-Woogie". We also get a great version of Delbert McClinton's "Right To Be Wrong" and probably my favourite track the gospel ballad "Beyond My Broken Dreams" (with wonderful slide guitar from Linden). This is a very good, consitent collection of songs, right up to the final track "Goodnight moon" - a heart-wrenching, plaintive ballad with beautiful restrained brass.
I really like Colin's production which makes the sound nice and loose, as though everything was recorded live in one take. There is great playing from all the musicians, including bass player George Porter Jr, drummer Bryan Owings and the brass section of Tracy Griffin, Emile Hall and Jeff Albert. However, it is Eden Brent that is right at the centre of everything, with her fantastic bluesy vocals and her downhome piano she has delivered a great record here.