Double Time

Double Time

by Leon Redbone


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Leon Redbone followed up his debut long-player On the Track (1975) with Double Time (1977), an equally enchanting, if not somewhat eclectic blend, of jazz, folk, blues and pop standards -- all in Redbone's undeniably distinct throaty baritone. While the tunes may be familiar, these renderings are steeped in the artist's unique sensibilities. The results are uniformly ingenious and commence with a New Orleans ragtime flavored interpretation of Blind Boy Blake's dirty "Diddy Wa Diddie" blues. Augmenting Redbone's acoustic guitar is an extended cast of session stalwarts and a host of other musical notables -- such as Milt Hinton (bass), Jonathan Dorn (tuba), Vic Dickenson (trombone) and Jo Jones (drums). Don McLean (banjo) sits in, supplying his criminally underutilized instrumental versatility on the endearing revamp of Jimmie Rodgers' "Mississippi Delta Blues." The decidedly demented reading of "Sheik of Araby" is nothing short of inspired insanity. Redbone incorporates a Screamin' Jay Hawkins-esque persona belting out a variety of hoots, snorts, howls and hob-gobbles set behind a hot-steppin' fret board flurry à la Django Reinhardt. Among the album's most affective numbers is a cover of a second Rodgers' penned and similarly titled "Mississippi River Blues." This is one of the more intimately emotive performances on the record and features another jazz legend, Yusef Lateef (soprano sax) -- who provides a sweet understated counterbalance to Redbone's dogged delivery. The track is likewise enhanced with the additional textures of the orally generated "throat tromnet" [read: a cross between a trombone and trumpet] contrasting his lyrical yodels and warbles. Also worthy of mention is the languid ragtime of the Jelly Roll Morton classic "Winin' Boy Blues." Bob Greene's ramblin' piano inflections aptly complement the vocals -- which have been electronically manipulated to reproduce a sound likened to that of a vintage victrola. Rounding out the stack is the sublimely reverent "If We Never Meet Again This Side of Heaven." The backing harmonies are courtesy of the incomparable Dixie Hummingbirds whose rich blend oozes from behind the minimalist lead and acoustic piano accompaniment. Potential enthusiasts are well served to begin their discovery of Leon Redbone here.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/25/1990
Label: Warner Bros / Wea
UPC: 0075992730624
catalogNumber: 2971
Rank: 16750

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Leon Redbone   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals,Human Whistle
James "Thunderbird" Davis   Background Vocals
Dixie Hummingbirds   Vocals,Background Vocals
Don McLean   Banjo
Jo Jones   Drums
Joe Venuti   Violin
Eddie Barefield   Clarinet
Joe Wilder   Trumpet
Eric Weissberg   Banjo
Dominic Cortese   Accordion
Yusef Lateef   Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone
Lewis Algee   Violin
Sanford Allen   Violin
Ed Bearfield   Clarinet
Dick Braff   Trombone
Seeward Clark   Violin
Selwart Clarke   Viola
Vic Dickenson   Trombone
Dick Dickinson   Bass
Jonathan Dorn   Horn
Milt Hinton   Bass
Bruce Jones   Drums
Kermit Moore   Cello
Ed Pulsar   Trumpet
Andrew Smith   Background Vocals
Jerry Teiffer   Human Whistle
Beachy Thompson   Background Vocals,Human Whistle
Ed Polcer   Trumpet
Mark S. Bentley   Background Vocals
Lewis Elgy   Violin
Frederick Mount   Background Vocals
James Walker   Background Vocals
Bob Greene   Piano

Technical Credits

Leon Redbone   Arranger,Artwork
Cohn   Horn Arrangements
Neil Brody   Engineer
Joel Dorn   Producer
Jonathan Dorn   Contributor
William S. Fischer   String Arrangements
Bob Liftin   Engineer,Remixing
Vince McGarry   Engineer
Albert E. Brumley   Composer
Michael Horen   Artwork
Ernie Burnett   Composer
George Norton   Composer

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Double Time 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
More melancoly than "On the Track" it's still well worth adding to your collection. Nobody's Sweeheart, Shine On Harvest Moon, My Melancoly Baby, Sheik of Araby set the tone for the sounds you expect from a Leon Redbone album. On the downside, Diddy Wa Diddy gets really old, really fast
IndianaGentry More than 1 year ago
I bought this so I could hear another version of "Mr Jellyroll Baker," and quickly found out that I wasted my money. (The version on "Up A Lazy River" is MUCH better.) "Diddy Wah Diddie" is the only other track on this CD that I'll be listening to from time to time- this certainly is not a "must have" CD of Leon's. If you want CD's that you can listen to over and over, try "Up A Lazy River" or "Sugar" instead.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago