Georgie FAME – Cool Cat Blues 1991

Georgie FAME – Cool Cat Blues 1991
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Blues

(2-LP set) A collection of Blues, Jazz and R&B standards mixed with some originals. This musicians’ musician is backed by a world class band including Steve Gadd, Robben Ford, Richard Tee, Will Lee, Ralph MacDonald, Hugh McCracken and an uber horn sectio

In the ’60s, keyboardist/vocalist Georgie Fame was the mod pop/R&B toast of Swinging London, subsequently dipping below the radar until reemerging as Van Morrison’s bandleader in the ’80s. All the while, though, the jazz side of Fame’s sound became more and more dominant. Emblematic of his latter-day releases, 1991’s COOL CAT BLUES mixes cool jazz, bluesy R&B, and a vocalese-influenced singing style. Fame’s past is represented with a version of Morrison’s “Moondance” and a laid-back remake of his ’60s hit “Yeh Yeh,” but elsewhere he lends his distinctively laconic tone to everything from “Georgia On My Mind” to the Willie Dixon-penned “I Love the Life I Live.”
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I was listening to a London jazz station on the internet and they played Georgie Fame’s version of MOONDANCE. It was just fabulous, so I emailed the DJ to find out more about the artist.
Come to find out, Georgie Fame’s been around longer than me..and that’s saying something. I never heard of him, but I ordered the album solely on the merits of MOONDANCE.
It’s terrific…His cut with Boz Scaggs IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN ME is super…and, of course, having Van Morrison jam on MOONDANCE is the icing on the cake. I also liked his cut YEAH, YEAH….I can’t remember who did it in the 60’s, but this is every bit as good.
This is happy music…and I listen to it every chance I get.
Enjoy!
By Terry Mathews.
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An anonymous donor sent me this album recently, its title having agonisingly lingered on my wish list for some time. I can only proffer my apologies to Mr Fame for having taken so long to discover this album’s excellence and to my generous benefactor a humble and most appreciative thank you.
Mr Fame is a legend in his own right, with a career spanning some forty years, he needs no introduction. Originally a blues aficionado his skills began to lend to the jazz genre in the early eighties. Mr Fame is indeed a talented man and has that rare pleasure of being not only a first class vocalist but a talented musician too. I’m blessed too have his title “Name Droppin” (Live) and I didn’t really think it could be beat. But of course Mr Fame pulls off excellence with frightening ease time and time again and this album exudes the essence of an album that was a joy to produce. A self-contained and extraordinary album, it flows effortlessly in its excellence from track one to track thirteen all too disappointingly soon.

I normally like to quote my favourite track but dam, aint it so hard to do. Maybe its Moondance but then maybe its Yeah, Yeah …. no its definitely It Should Have Been Me … no wait its Georgia ….. all wonderful classics in their own right and if my humble opinion is worth anything you should stop reading this and go press the purchase button.
By H.J. Standford.
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At last!…British blues legend Georgie Fame finally has his Magnum Opus committed to the stuff we all love. Contained within is a collection of Blues, Jazz and R&B standards mixed with some originals. This musicians’ musician is backed by a world class band including Steve Gadd, Robben Ford, Richard Tee, Will Lee, Ralph MacDonald, Hugh McCracken and an uber horn section.
Fame’s classy, economic Hammond and great voice inspires superb duets with Bozz Scaggs and Richard Tee. Van Morrison, Fame’s erstwhile boss, joins him on “Moondance” and one of his heroes, Jon Hendricks, aids him to fly through “Little Pony”. There is a slowed down, super sexy “Yeah,Yeah” and a blistering take on Willie Dixon’s “I Love The Life I Live”.
If you like Brother Ray, Mose Allison, Hoagy Carmichael, Van the Man, Peggy Lee and Lambert, Hendricks & Ross then you’ll love this. On an audiophile note, this studio album from 1990 was recorded “live” with most tracks done in one or two takes, no overdubs and entirely in the analogue domain. A great album, beautifully recorded, finally done justice on two slabs of 180g by Pure Pleasure.
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Side A
A1. Cool Cat Blues
Georgie Fame, vocal and piano; Richard Tee, organ; Steve Gadd, drums; Will Lee, bass; Ronnie Cuber, Lawrence Feldman & Bobby Malach, saxophones; horn arrangement by Georgie Fame
A2. Every Knock Is A Boost
Georgie Fame, vocal and organ; Richard Tee, piano; Steve Gadd, drums; Will Lee, bass; Hugh McCracken, guitar; Ben Sidran, additional vocal & tambourine
A3. Moondance
Georgie Fame, vocal and organ; Van Morrison, vocal; Jon Hendricks, vocal solo; Robben Ford, guitar; Richard Tee, piano; Steve Gadd, drums; Will Lee, bass; Ralph MacDonald, percussion

Side B:
B1. It Should Have Been Me
Georgie Fame, vocal and organ; Boz Scaggs, vocal; Richard Tee, piano; Robben Ford, guitar; Steve Gadd, drums; Will Lee, boss; Ronnie Cuber, Lawrence Feldman & Bobby Malach, saxophones; horn arrangement by Bob Malach
B2. Yeah Yeah
Georgie Fame, vocol and organ; Richard Tee, piano; Robben Ford, guitar; Steve Gadd, drums; Will Lee, bass; Ralph MacDonald, percussion
B3. I Love The Life I Live
Georgie Fame, vocal and organ; Richard Tee, piano; Robben Ford, guitar; Steve Gadd, drums; Will Lee, bass; Ronnie Cuber, Lawrence Feldman, Bob Malach, saxophones; horn arrangemeni by Bob Malach; song arrangement by Robben Ford

Side C:
C1. Big Brother
Georgie Fame, vocal and organ; Richard Tee, piano; Robben Ford, guitar; Steve Gadd, drums; Will Lee, bass;Bob Malach, sax solo; Ronnie Cuber, Lawrence Feldman, additional saxophones; horn arrangement by Bob Malach
C2. Georgia – Georgie Fame, vocal and organ; Robben Ford, guitar;Steve Gadd, drums; Will Lee, bass; Richard Tee, electric piano
C3. Catâ´s Eyes
Georgia Fame, vocal and organ; Richard Tee, piano; Robben Ford, guitar; Steve Gadd, drums; Will Lee, bass;Ralph MacDonald, percussion; Ronnie Cuber, Lawrence Feldman, Bob Malach, saxophones; horn arrangement by Bob Malach and Georgie Fame

Side D:
D1. You Came A Long Way From St. Louis
Georgie Fame, vocal and organ; Richard Tee, piano; Steve Gadd, drums; Will Lee, bass; Bob Malach, sax solo
D2. Survival
Georgie Fame, vocal and organ; Richard Tee, piano; Robben Ford, guitar; Bob Malach, saxophone;Steve Gadd, drums; Will Lee, bass
D3. Little Pony
Georgie Fame, vocal; Jon Hendricks, vocal; Michael Weiss, piano; Dennis Irwin, bass; Steve Gadd, drums
D4. Rocking Chair
Georgie Fame, vocal; Richard Tee, piano; Robben Ford, guitar; Steve Gadd, drums; Will Lee, bass
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