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Clarence "Gatemouth" BROWN – The Original Peacock Recordings 1990

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Clarence “Gatemouth” BROWN – The Original Peacock Recordings 1990
Recorded in Houston, Texas between 1952 & 1959


Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown’s 1950s recordings fuse the energy of big-band horns, the shuffles and boogies of R&B, and his own white-hot guitar leads. Greatly influenced by fellow Texans Blind Lemon Jefferson and T-Bone Walker, Brown absorbed their smooth, melodic, single-string solo technique, but added a rough-edged intensity to his explosive style. The slow blues “Dirty Work at the Crossroads” added Jimmy McCracklin’s rolling piano to Brown’s bold and brash guitar work, but it was the 1954 instrumental “Okie Dokie Stomp” that put Brown on the map. With blaring horns urging him on, Brown attacks the music with ferocity. “Ain’t That Dandy” is another instrumental guitar romp, while 1959’s “Just Before Dawn” features Brown’s swinging violin.
By Marc Greilsamer.
This 1984 Rounder reissue of Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown’s 1950s Peacock sides is a classic dose of Brown in his prime, and a blueprint for the fiery guitar style that would influence such fellow Texas axe-slingers as Albert Collins and Johnny …    Full Description”Guitar” Watson. Even on these early dates, Brown’s fluid, irrepressible six-string mastery and his penchant for genre blending, bridging rock & roll, jump blues, swing, and down-home gutbucket wailing are in ample evidence.

Diverse session musicians provide the driving rhythm back-up, striding piano and punchy horns, but it’s Brown’s guitar work, throaty, bluesy singing and impressive multi-instrumentalism-he’s also featured on harmonica on “Gate’s Salty Blues” and violin on “Just Before Dawn” that takes center stage. Whether on the steamy slow blues of “For Now So Long,” the walking groove of “Ain’t That Dandy,” or the scintillating rock-swing rave-up of “Okie Dokie Stomp,” where Brown’s guitar weaves wild, intricate webs around a horn-punctuated rhythm, this is no-nonsense, get-up-and-dance good time music of the highest order. THE ORIGINAL PEACOCK RECORDINGS is among the essential discs in this Texas legend’s extensive catalogue.
CD Universe.
Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown- Vocals, Guitar, Violin, Harmonica
Jimmy McCracklin- Piano
Henry Boozier- Trumpet
Bill Harvey- Tenor Sax
Ray Johnson- Bass
Nathaniel Douglas- Guitar
Fred Ford- Baritone Sax
Allen Clarke- Baritone Sax
Carl Lott- Bass
Carl Owens- Piano
Duke Barker- Drums
Emile Russell- Drums
Joe Toussaint- Bass
Johnny Parker- Alto Sax
Jual Curtis- Drums
Paul Monday- Piano
San Frisco Jeff- Drums.
01. Midnight Hour
02. Sad Hour
03. Ain’t That Dandy
04. That’s Your Daddy Yaddy Yo
05. Dirty Work at the Crossroads
06. Hurry Back Good News
07. Okie Dokie Stomp
08. Good Looking Woman
09. Gate’s Salty Blues
10. Just Before Dawn
11. Depression Blues
12. For Now So Long

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