Adrianna Marie and Her Groovecutters | Double Crossing Blues

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Double Crossing Blues

by Adrianna Marie and Her Groovecutters

Double Crossing Blues zooms in for a tight focus on the uptown R&B and elegant blues styles that reached their zenith in the decade after World War II. The glamorous images this music evokes, at least through the Vaseline-smeared lens of our historical remove, are those of late nights in posh nightclubs; sleek motor cars; strong drinks; and well-dressed men and women, either in love or playing at it.
Genre: Blues: Jump Blues
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1. I Want a Tall Skinny Papa
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2. I Ain't in the Mood
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3. Is You Is or Is You Ain't My Baby
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4. Cherry Wine
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5. Sugar
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6. Hands Off
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7. Double Crossing Blues
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8. That's a Pretty Good Love
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9. I Won't Sell My Love
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10. He May Be Your Man
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11. Sad Night Owl
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Album Notes
These days, when every female vocalist seems to be vying for Koko Taylor’s throne, what a delight it is to hear a beautiful, natural voice. Adrianna Marie sings without affectation but with all the expressiveness, sass, and class of stylists like Dinah Washington, Little Esther, and Helen Humes. From the rocking R&B of Esther’s “Cherry Wine” to a lowdown treatment of Humes’s “I Ain’t In The Mood,” she is splendid. In front of the spectacular, big band version of Louis Jordan’s swinging, minor “Is You Is Or Is You Ain’t My Baby,” or the reading of Billie Holiday’s jazzy “Sugar,” Adrianna Marie is pure sophistication. In duets with Jones–on Big Maybelle’s “That’s A Pretty Good Love” and on the lovely ballad, originally by Johnny Otis and Little Esther, that gives Double Crossing Blues its title¬–she is by turns steamy and reserved. In every setting and mood, Adrianna Marie and the Groovecutters, who provide expert ensemble work and memorable solos, and step out on their own on Freddy King’s “Sad Night Owl,” are picture-perfect.


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