Sisters & Brothers

Sisters & Brothers

by Eric Bibb

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Overview

As its title implies, this is a spiritually based collaboration from three distinct -- even disparate -- yet surprisingly harmonious voices. Mostly, but not entirely acoustic, the trio of rootsy singers trade lead vocals on smooth jazz/blues ("Bessie's Dream"), folk-blues ("Good Stuff"), Delta blues ("Rolling Log"), gospel (an a cappella version of Sister Rosetta Tharpe's "Rock Daniel"), and combinations of those genres. On paper it sounds scattershot, but in actuality this is a thoughtfully paced combination of styles, united by three affecting voices. Eric Bibb's smoother Keb' Mo' approach meshes surprisingly well with Rory Block's more penetrating Delta croon and Maria Muldaur's sassy, sexy, throaty growl. Covers of Jimmy Reed's "Little Rain" and Bob Dylan's "Gotta Serve Somebody" with Bibb taking lead, and Bill Withers' "Lean on Me" (Muldaur and Block) show the disc's wide stylistic range. A musical seminar in how diverse types of music interbreed and influence each other, all three singers are in the moment with nobody commanding the spotlight for long. The barrelhouse honky tonk piano blues of Block's "Travelin' Woman Blues" incorporates both Muldaur's and Block's singing in the album's most convincing duet. Only a few songs such as the closing title track feature all three voices, and the album might have benefited from more instances where they all contribute. But the vocalist's exuberance soars from the grooves and creates a lively yet relaxed vibe that's contagious and often thrilling. The result is a cohesive, soulful, and powerful disc that will hopefully inspire listeners to find more material from each of its headliners.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/24/2004
Label: Telarc
UPC: 0089408358821
catalogNumber: 83588
Rank: 50328

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Eric Bibb   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Rory Block   Guitar,Vocals
Maria Muldaur   Vocals
Per Hanson   Drums
Mudcat Ward   Double Bass,Upright Bass
Chris Burns   Piano,Wurlitzer

Technical Credits

Rory Block   Composer
Jimmy Reed   Composer
Bob Dylan   Composer
Bill Withers   Composer
Maria Muldaur   Composer
Lincoln Clapp   Engineer
Charles Johnson   Composer
Lottie Kimbrough   Composer
Dave Steen   Composer
Robert Woods   Executive Producer
Art Tipaldi   Liner Notes
Ewart Abner   Composer
Lottie Beaman   Composer
Anilda Carrasquillo   Art Direction
Eric Bibb   Arranger,Composer
Randy Labbe   Producer,Audio Production
Traditional   Composer

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