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Real Life by Clarence Gatemouth Brown - Audio CD (1989-08-22) from Get Blues Music

Real Life by Clarence Gatemouth Brown

Real Life by Clarence Gatemouth Brown
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Description of Real Life by Clarence Gatemouth Brown

Released 1989-08-22

Released by Rounder Select

Available in Audio CD format

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In a career that spans nearly 50 years, multi-instrumentalist and American music institution Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown had never made a live album until this 1986 recording from the Caravan of Dreams in Fort Worth, Texas. A superb collection of blues and jazz, focusing on Gate's guitar, with all the variety, drive and excitement his live shows have become famous for.

This live set from Fort Worth, Texas, is that rarest of creatures: a live album with the sound quality and economy of a studio recording. Musically, as one would expect from Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown, the nine tracks are all over the map, from the slow funk-blues of "Catfish" (with some scorching fiddle that suggests that Brown would do handily as the hero of a certain Charlie Daniels song), to a boogie take on W.C. Handy's "St. Louis Blues," to a smashing rendition of Duke Ellington's "Take the 'A' Train," which goes to show that Brown can do jazz just as well as he does blues--that is to say, very well indeed. There's also a very tender rendition of Percy Mayfield's "Please Send Me Someone to Love," and things wind up with Brown's very own "What a Shame, What a Shame." In fact, the only shortcoming of this album is that it's too short; Gatemouth's too varied and skilled a musician to be summed up in a mere nine tracks. Another few numbers would leave the listener completely satisfied. --Genevieve Williams