Ernestine ANDERSON – When the Sun Goes Down 1984

Ernestine ANDERSON – When the Sun Goes Down 1984

Jazz

Few things are cooler than a handful of jazz musicians getting together with the intention of really playing some blues. This album has something of an all-star lineup, and yet the fact that it’s not billed as such is a good indication of what’s going on in the grooves. Ray Brown is considered by many to be one of the best-sounding and best-feeling jazz bassist ever; Gene Harris (who was one of the Three Sounds) has never been as well known as, say, Horace Silver or Wynton Kelly, but he’s a ferociously groovy, downhome stylist who speaks jazz with as much clarity as anyone.

Together with honkin’ tenorist Red Holloway and drummer Gerryck King, Harris and Brown coast, stutter, percolate and shout under and around Anderson, who sings with a fine, articulate conviction (and clearly has a sense of humor). Holloway and Harris’s riffing gives the twelve-bar tunes plenty of shape and personality, and the band conducts that essential alchemy of drawing out the bluesiest elements inherent in tunes like Ellington’s “I’m Just A Lucky So-And-So.”
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On one of her best Concord recordings, Ernestine Anderson (who is joined by tenor man Red Holloway, pianist Gene Harris, bassist Ray Brown, and drummer Gerryck King) is quite soulful and bluesy throughout this strong program. She makes such tunes as “Someone Else Is Steppin’ In,” “In the Evening (When the Sun Goes Down),” and “I Love Being Here with You” sound as if they were written for her, while “Mercy, Mercy, Mercy” is heard in a very rare vocal version. Actually, all eight songs (which also include “Goin’ to Chicago Blues” and “Down Home Blues”) are well worth hearing. Recommended.
By Scott Yanow, All Music Guide.
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Ernestine Anderson- (Vocals);
Red Holloway- (Tenor Sax);
Gene Harris- (Piano);
Ray Brown- (Bass);
Gerryck King- (Drums).
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01. Goin’ To Chicago Blues 4:49
02. Someone Else Is Steppin’ In 4:45
03. In The Evening When The Sun Goes Down 7:21
04. I Love Being Here With You 4:59
05. Down Home Blues 6:04
06. I’m Just A Lucky So And So 6:21
07. Alone On My Own 3:18
08. Mercy, Mercy, Mercy
**


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