Blues in My Heart

Blues in My Heart

by Chris Flory


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Celebrated jazz guitarist Chris Flory (formerly of the Scott Hamilton Quartet and longtime associate of pianist Judy Carmichael) is joined for his fifth album as a leader by members of the New England jump blues aristocracy: guitarist Duke Robillard (who produced the album and sings on its closing track), Roomful of Blues vocalist Sugar Ray Norcia, bassist Marty Ballou, and drummer Chuck Riggs. Flory's former boss, Scott Hamilton, sits in on two track as well. The result is a program of small-ensemble swing that comes across as genuinely joyful, but maybe just a bit too gentle. Flory's tone is warm and soft, and Robillard seems to be holding back just a bit in response. The rhythm section keeps things moving along nicely but doesn't drive the proceedings as hard as they perhaps should have. But that's not to say that the album isn't thoroughly lovely and genuinely enjoyable -- the group's rendition of "Shine" offers a perfect balance between light virtuosity and inexorable swing, Flory's graceful, tripping solos on "Bernie's Tune" are especially impressive, and Norcia's vocal appearances are all highlights on the program. It's just that if the players had let loose a bit more, this album could have been a real blast. As it is, it's just thoroughly lovely and genuinely enjoyable.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/01/2003
Label: Stony Plain Music
UPC: 0772532128827
catalogNumber: 1288
Rank: 274209

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Chris Flory   Primary Artist,Guitar
Duke Robillard   Guitar,Vocals
Scott Hamilton   Saxophone
Marty Ballou   Bass
Sugar Ray Norcia   Vocals
Chuck Riggs   Drums

Technical Credits

Percy Mayfield   Composer
Duke Robillard   Producer
Gene Ammons   Composer
Kenny Dorham   Composer
Irving Mills   Composer
Harold Arlen   Composer
Jerry Leiber   Composer
Benny Carter   Composer
Lew Brown   Composer
Bernard Miller   Composer
Holger Petersen   Executive Producer
Bob Porter   Liner Notes
Mike Stoller   Composer
Ann Ronell   Composer
Ted Koehler   Composer
Ford Dabney   Composer
Cecil Mack   Composer
Thom Hiller   Engineer

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