Album review: Hugh Laurie, Didn't It Rain (Warner Bros)
Produced again by Joe Henry, the follow-up to Let Them Talk follows a similar format of easy-rolling jazz arrangements and simpatico guest spots supporting Hugh Laurie's blues piano.
The opening “St Louis Blues” is quite marvellous, a lovely Dixieland arrangement of yawning clarinet and trilling mandolin Jean McClain duets here and on the unrepentant “Send Me to the 'Lectric Chair”, while Taj Mahal fronts a burly “Vicksburg Blues” and Gaby Moreno shares vocal duties on a bilingual tango, “Kiss of Fire”. “Changes” concludes matters with the satisfying rollick of a New Orleans funeral band.
Download: The St Louis Blues; Didn't It Rain; Changes
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