Blues The best music site on the web there is where you can read about and listen to blues, jazz, classical music and much more. This is your ultimate music resource. Tons of albums can be found within. http://theblues-thatjazz.com/pl/blues/6003.html Sun, 05 Dec 2021 14:46:14 +0000 Joomla! 1.5 - Open Source Content Management pl-pl Marva Wright - After The Levees Broke (2007) http://theblues-thatjazz.com/pl/blues/6003-marva-wright/22776-marva-wright-after-the-levees-broke-2007.html http://theblues-thatjazz.com/pl/blues/6003-marva-wright/22776-marva-wright-after-the-levees-broke-2007.html Marva Wright - After The Levees Broke (2007)

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01. The Levee Is Breaking Down
02. Katrina Blues
03. God's Good Hands [From Hurricane in the Bayou]
04. The That's the Way It Is
05. You Are My Sunshine
06. You Got a Hold of Me
07. Funny Not Sunny Kind of Love
08. Bluesiana Mama '07
09. Rock Me
10. I Have Had My Fun
11. Crazy
12. Change Is Gonna Come

Jeffrey "Jellybean" Alexander - Drums
Frank Cotinola - Drums
Davell Crawford - Organ, Piano, Producer
Eddie Christmas - Drums
Michael Goods - Keyboards, Main Personnel, Piano
Donald Harrison - Saxophone
Jefrey Alexander - Drums
Geechie Johnson - Vocals (Background)
Keiko Komaki - Organ
Jason Mingledorff - Saxophone
Brian Murray - Trumpet, Vocals (Background)
Donald Ramsey - Bass
Earl "Chinna" Smith - Vocals (Background)
Allen Toussaint - Main Personnel, Piano
Benny Turner - Guitar (Bass), Harmony, Producer, Vocals (Background)
Cornell Williams - Bass, Vocals (Background)
Steve Wood - Guitar, Organ, Producer
Marva Wright - Primary Artist, Vocals
June Yamagishi - Guitar, Producer 

 

There were so many blues and country songs written after the 1927 Mississippi River floods that there have been entire collections compiled of them. Nearly two years after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, stretching from Biloxi to western Louisiana and all but obliterating New Orleans through a combination of bad luck, poor design, and bureaucratic idiocy, the Crescent City was still only barely on its feet when local legend Marva Wright released After the Levees Broke. Likely the first album by a New Orleans artist to fully address the storm's aftermath, After the Levees Broke keeps the finger-pointing down to a minimum, preferring to make its case in more subtle fashion by including suddenly pertinent covers of classics like Willie Nelson's "Crazy" (transformed into a love affair with a tempestuous city) and a complete recasting of Sam Cooke's "A Change Is Gonna Come." In this context, Wright transforms Bruce Hornsby's "The Way It Is" from a well-meaning but somewhat facile take on racism from a middle-class white guy's perspective into a fiery, soulful refrain. More pointed original tunes, most written by producer and bassist Benny Turner, include the powerful "The Levee Is Breaking Down" and "Katrina Blues," so far the closest this disaster has come to the sort of first-person blues spawned by the 1927 floods. Far from the bon temps roulez vibe of Wright's earlier work, After the Levees Broke is both timely and deeply traditional. ---Stewart Mason, AllMusic Review

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administration@theblues-thatjazz.com (bluesever) Marva Wright Wed, 27 Dec 2017 14:17:37 +0000
Marva Wright - Bluesiana Mama. Queen Of The Blues (2002) http://theblues-thatjazz.com/pl/blues/6003-marva-wright/22683-marva-wright-bluesiana-mama-queen-of-the-blues-2002.html http://theblues-thatjazz.com/pl/blues/6003-marva-wright/22683-marva-wright-bluesiana-mama-queen-of-the-blues-2002.html Marva Wright - Bluesiana Mama. Queen Of The Blues (2002)

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01 - Bluesiana Mama 	03:47
02 - Mama He Treats Your Daughter Mean 	03:55
03 - I'd Rather Go Blind	 07:06
04 - Never Make Your Move To Soon 	03:19
05 - Let The Good Times Roll	 02:47
06 - Driving Wheel 		05:06
07 - Whole Lotta Shakin' Going On 	03:27
08 - See See Rider 		03:55
09 - Members Only 		03:37
10 - Little Red Rooster		 05:13
11 - Mojo Working 		03:07
12 - Go Tell It On The Mountain 	02:58
13 - Boogie		 04:38

Marva Wright - Vocals 
Tara Darnell - Vocals (Background)
Joe Krown - Keyboards 
Benny Turner - Bass 

 

Marva Wright sang traditional jazz and gospel standards but was better known for sultry, sometimes bawdy blues songs. Among her best known songs were "Heartbreakin' Woman" and "Mama, He Treats Your Daughter Mean."

She released a series of albums on local and international record labels, and frequently performed in Europe and at blues festivals around the country. With her band, the BMWs, she drew large crowds for performances at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.

As a child, Wright listened to her mother sing and play piano at church. Among her childhood memories were visits to Chicago, the adopted home of New Orleans gospel great Mahalia Jackson, who had grown up with Wright's mother.

"My mother would go to the national Baptist convention," Ms. Wright once said, according to an account in The Times-Picayune newspaper. "When it convened in Chicago, Mahalia would say, 'Girl, you don't need to get no hotel. Stay with me.' That's what my mother would do. I met Mahalia when I was 9 years old, but I never realized she was that popular until I got older."

But Wright didn't start singing professionally until she was almost 40, according to a biography on her Web site. ---legacy.com

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administration@theblues-thatjazz.com (bluesever) Marva Wright Thu, 07 Dec 2017 14:38:58 +0000
Marva Wright - Marvalous (1995) http://theblues-thatjazz.com/pl/blues/6003-marva-wright/22662-marva-wright-marvalous-1995.html http://theblues-thatjazz.com/pl/blues/6003-marva-wright/22662-marva-wright-marvalous-1995.html Marva Wright - Marvalous (1995)

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1 	Members Only 	
2 	I Had A Talk With My Man 	
3 	Shake A Hand 	
4 	Driving Wheel 	
5 	Further On Up The Road 	
6 	Mr. Big Stuff 	
7 	Built For Comfort 	
8 	Wang Dang Doodle 	
9 	You Can Have My Husband 	
10 	Down Home Blues 	
11 	Mama, He Treats Your Daughter Mean 	
12 	You Send Me 	
13 	It's Raining

Thomas Bingham 	Guitar
Bertram Brown 	Vocals (Background)
William Brown 	Vocals (Background)
William C. Brown 	Vocal Arrangement, Vocals (Background)
Mashaa 	Vocals (Background)
Lannie McMIllian 	Saxophone, Soloist
Lester Snell 	Arranger, Organ, Piano
Staff 	Bass, Drums
Marva Wright 	Primary Artist, Vocals 

 

Marva Wright, who sings in clubs in New Orleans, has previously released a cassette tape from Tipitina's (club), but this better-quality production shows what the lady can do. Big, belting gospel sound is burnished by wit and finesse. Her anthem "I Aint Built for Comfort, I'm Built for Speed" is here, along with some Irma Thomas and Koko Taylor covers ("It's Raining" might make you forget Miss Thomas's version) and more. "Members Only" (new to me) is great. Marva Wright deserves a national audience...she follows boldly in the footsteps of the queens of the blues, with her signature upbeat touch. Marvalous!!!!! ---amazon.com

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administration@theblues-thatjazz.com (bluesever) Marva Wright Sun, 03 Dec 2017 12:48:11 +0000
Marva Wright - Born With The Blues (1993) http://theblues-thatjazz.com/pl/blues/6003-marva-wright/22619-marva-wright-born-with-the-blues-1993.html http://theblues-thatjazz.com/pl/blues/6003-marva-wright/22619-marva-wright-born-with-the-blues-1993.html Marva Wright - Born With The Blues (1993)

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1 	The Glitter Queen 	4:10
2 	That's Wrong 	3:52
3 	Three Times 	3:32
4 	Before I Met You 	5:05
5 	Born With The Blues 	5:22
6 	It's Gonna Be Alright 	5:32
7 	Been & Gone 	3:01
8 	Pray 	5:01
9 	Hound Dog 	5:32
10 	It's So Nice 	5:47
11 	He's On The Way 	2:59
12 	Do Right Woman - Do Right Man 	5:35
13 	Can't Nobody Love You 	2:44

Marc Adams 	Piano
Theresa Andersson 	Violin
Wilbert "Junkyard Dog" Arnold 	Drums
Sammy Berfect 	Organ (Hammond)
Anthony Brown 	Guitar
Elam Charles III 	Vocals (Background)
Anthony Clarke 	Guitar (Rhythm)
Davell Crawford 	Piano
Carlo Ditta 	Tambourine
Charles Elam III 	Vocals (Background)
Herman V. Ernest III 	Drums
Andy J. Forest 	Harmonica
Tracy Griffin 	Horn Arrangements, Trumpet
Kenneth Jacobs 	Sax (Baritone)
Freddy Koella 	Guitar (Acoustic), Slide Guitar, Violin
Sonny Landreth 	Guitar (Acoustic), Slide Guitar
Pamela Landrum 	Vocals (Background)
Lenny McDaniel 	Piano, Vocals (Background)
James Rivers 	Saxophone
Mark Sterling 	Clapping, Vocals (Background)
Benny Turner 	Bass
Walter "Wolfman" Washington 	Guitar
Dave Woodward 	Sax (Baritone)
Marva Wright 	Vocals 

 

Marva Wright's albums might be filed more often under the blues section than any other, but in truth she's a versatile singer of all forms of New Orleans R&B, venturing into gospel and soul as well. There's no faulting her vocal performances on Born with the Blues; their powerful gutsiness marks her as one of the best blues/R&B singers to emerge in the final decades of the 20th century. It's the material that makes this an uneven record, though a worthwhile one on the whole. Some of the songs are quite good, the title track being a particular highlight for both its minor-keyed melody and vocals with a lived-in intensity that was a rare commodity indeed in '90s blues records. "Pray" is another peak, both for its moody gospel melody and stellar backup by Sonny Landreth on slithering slide guitar. Some of the other songs, however, are only average, so-so blues/R&B efforts, even if the manner in which Wright throws herself into them is never less than wholehearted. The covers of familiar R&B and soul tunes are also variable; it's real hard to do anything new with "Hound Dog," though "Can't Nobody Love You" (a '60s chart single for Solomon Burke) works well, in part because it strips down to just Wright's voice and Freddy Koella's slide guitar. Recorded in 1993 and originally released that year in France, Born with the Blues was issued in the U.S. on Virgin in 1996, and reissued in the U.K. by Shout! in 2006 under the title Do Right Woman, with historical liner notes and a resequenced track order. ---Richie Unterberger, AllMusic Review

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