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Got You On My Mind
Review Date: Nov, 2008
by Tom Hamilton
This album was originaly recorded, as a proposed demo, before Peyroux's rise to international stardom and only available through Galison's web site. With a few added tracks by Galison, who is a new name to me, he has produced and arranged a great, organic feel, collection of songs. For those of you not aware of Miss Peyroux she has been thought of as a Billie Holiday for the 1990s. She was marketed as a jazz singer, in the Norah Jones mould, which I don't hear, when what she seems to do best is sing blues music. She is joined here by William Galison, internationally acclaimed jazz harmonica innovator and on this showing fine guitarist and vocalist. My frame of references is limited when it comes to jazz harmonica players. On listening to Gallison here the two refrence pionts I have are, in tone, the finest works of Stevie wonder and in over all talent the technically briliant Larry Adler.
It may be hard to find this in your local store as I would not know whether to catalogue this under jazz, blues or american folk. It is though a fine addition to Miss Peyroux's catalogue as her voice I think is sounding at its natural best . The highlight tracks here are the duet, showing the real chemistry between the two, on "Heaven Help Us All" with Galison's guitar work at it's absolute understated finest. Followed all to closely by the fantastic blues guitar playing on the title track "Got You on My Mind" , to great effect against Miss peyroux's fine voice. I was slightly worried when I saw on the track list another cover of John Lennon's "Jealous Guy" but on hearing this partial instrumental, with great combination of harmonica and guitar work, this is a fine soothing version. This album is not all covers and the quality of the originals is an indication of the talents here, as they do not sound out of place or time. On "Playin" a great, country blues feel song about playing for tips on the street which both artists have a mutual history of. Whereas "Shouda Known" is the most commercial style song and shows the strength of Gallison's voice, with spoken a line guest appearance from Carly Simon.
A number of litigations between the artsists tied up the distibution of this album but thankfully, things seem to have been settled and I hope that both musicians have the time and willingness to get back into a studio and record another CD full of fine genre spanning tunes.
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