Duke Robillard’s Jumpin’ Blues Revue – Stomp! The Blues Tonight



“This project is a true trip back in time for me. Many of the tunes in this CD go back to my earliest day as the leader of Roomful of Blues. It was this music that inspired me to add horns to the band and try and reproduce the authentic sound of the early Rhythm and Blues of the mid to late 1940s and 50s. Musicians and singers like Louis Jordan, T-Bone Walker, Big Joe Turner, Roy Milton and Charles Brown were at the forefront of a new music that fused the blues with the rhythm and horn sound of the swing era with the infectious beat of boogie woogie. It is this decade, 1945 to 1955 that made such an impression on me as a young man and inspired me to form the horn driven version of Roomful of Blues in the early 1970s. A group that is still touring and recording today after 40 some years! I have been fortunate to have a wealth of great players over the years in my bands and on my recordings. Some Duke Robillard Band alumni and some Roomful alumni also. So this CD is really a reunion of sorts between players and tunes.” DUKE ROBILLARD

Track Listing:
1. Stomp The Blues Tonight - 3:22   2. Do Me Right - 3:31   3. Three Hours Past Midnight - 4:38   4. Baby You Don’t Know - 2:53   5. I Wanna Hug You, Kiss You, Squeeze You - 4:59   6. Frankie And Johnny - 3:11   7. Look But Don’t Touch - 3:47   8. Playful Baby - 3:32   9. Million Dollar Secret - 7:47   10. Jumpin' The Bone - 5:36   11. Hands Off! - 4:17   12. Money's Gettin' Cheaper - 3:48   13. For You My Love - 2:18   14. Tore Up - 3:59   15. Ain't Nobody’s Business - 3:23   16. Early In The Morning - 4:36


1. AllMusic - by Rick Anderson
Since joining the Stony Plain roster in 1993, Duke Robillard has released an average of one album per year with the Canadian roots and blues label, and his sixteenth is a little bit of a departure: where his previous efforts have focused mainly on jazz and blues, this one is a celebration of the jump blues and R&B of the '40s and '50s, and Robillard sounds just as natural and is clearly having just as good a time with this repertoire as he always has on his previous projects. Highlights include a wonderful jump blues instrumental arrangement of the traditional song "Frankie and Johnny," an equally great vocal duet between Robillard and Sunny Crownover on "I Wanna Hug You, Kiss You, Squeeze You" and an absolutely brilliant rendition of the Ike Turner R&B classic "Tore Up." Slightly less essential is a rather mannered take on the old Wynonie Harris song "Playful Baby," on which Robillard sounds like he's trying to channel Harris rather than interpret the song on his own, but everything else here is really top-notch -- and part of what makes it great is that Robillard (an excellent guitarist but only a good singer) has the good sense to step aside several times to make room for the much more exciting vocals of Sunny Crownover. And on several of the album's best tracks, no one is singing at all. 
Reviews: 1. 

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