Tab Benoit: Fever for the Bayou (2005)
Big Chief Monk Boudreaux makes a guest appearance on "Golden Crown" with a Mardi Gras celebration that's guaranteed to put a smile on your face. The bayou never looked so good.
But not everything is about celebrating with Zydeco. Cyril Neville joins Benoit on "The Blues is Here to Stay" in a vocal duet that prowls surreptitiously with an infectious melody. The song's Bo Diddley rhythmic foundation and its tell-tale lyrics manage to summarize what the blues means to us. Covers of influential songs by Buddy Guy and Elmore James lend additional credibility. Benoit gives contemporary blues something to chew on. He extends his reach back to our roots, bridges the gap with convincing vocal interpretations, and complements each piece with fiery guitar licks that just won't quit.
For those of us who prefer to mix jazz and blues, Benoit has included a throwback cover of "I Can't Hold Out," which features a vibrant conversation between the leader and his reliable tenor saxophonist. The sparks are flyin', as Benoit and the band rip up the floorboards.
He closes the album with two old school pieces that recall the origins of jazz and blues. The music speaks from emotion, tells a story, and it weighs heavily on our souls. But, it gives everyone a chance to loosen up in a meaningful celebration of life.
Track Listing: Night Train; Little Girl Blues; I Smell a Rat; Fever for the Bayou; Lost in Your Lovin'; Golden Crown; I Can't Hold Out; The Blues is Here to Stay; Got Love If You Want It; Blues So Bad; My Bucket's Got a Hole In It.
Personnel: Tab Benoit- vocals, guitar; Carl Dufresne- bass; Daryl White- drums; Cyril Neville- vocals, percussion; Big Chief Monk Boudreaux- vocals, tambourine; Jimmy Carpenter- tenor saxophone.
Record Label: Telarc Records