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Trudy Lynn with The Calvin Owens Blues Orchestra |
I'm Still Here
(Sawdust Alley Records 52334)
Review Date: Oct, 2009
by Dave Thomas
I have been a long time admirer of Trudy, so it gives me great pleasure to review this album.
Trudy has joined forces with Calvin Owens and his Blues Orchestrato to create a slighty old
feel to this 14 track album, which features 8 songs written by Trudy's long time friend Rue Davis
and 3 written by Trudy. The album was produced by Calvin and his production team of Marvin Sparks and Andy Bradley. Harrison Calloway the legendary arranger also was involved in this
project along with Calvin's horn arranger Nelson Mills. The album is a kind of throwback to
the sixties and that is exactly why this project works so well, the orchestra and Trudy gel together
to produce a well crafted set of songs. One thing I must add, this is not, despite the title, a Trudy
Lynn album, it is more a Calvin Owens album with Trudy as the featured singer on 10 tracks and
Nelson Mills on 1 track and 3 instrumentals.
The album starts with the snappy "Swing Boogie", the first of Rue Davis's songs, Trudy's vocal
gets into full flight from the start and full marks to the crisp horn section lead by Nelson Mills.
Nelson is the featured vocalist on "Hands Off My Woman" and on "Starry Eyes" an instrumental which he wrote, his trumpet skills are to the fore. Trudy wrote the album's title song "I'm Still Here", it's a slow big ballard type song, lamenting that whilst Trudy has been around the world and done so much, she is still here, unlike some of her fellow performers who have passed away, Trudy name checks some of them. Trudy also wrote "Everybody's Got A Blues Song To Sing" which is a nice mid-paced song with Nelson Mills playing a scorching trumpet solo and with Trudy's strong vocal, this is a winner.
I particularly liked the instrumental "Boogie Woogie Gumbo" with it's nod to Zydeco music, which features the late guitar supremeo Clarence Holliman and his wonderful playing which as always, is a delight. Jabo "The Texas Prince of Zydeco" is also featured on accordion. The almost pop sounding Rue Davis song "You're The Only One" is Trudy at her best. "Welcome Home Baby" another of Rue's songs is my favourite and it has class stamped on it, Trudy is so silky smooth on it.
The orchestra throughout are in tip top form, with great arrangements and some great soloists. The icing on the cake, is Trudy with her strong soulful delivery, which makes this, a great album.
I would not hesitate to recomend this album.
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