Bob Dorough: Too Much Coffee Man
Articulating the lyrics in his usual crisp fashion, Dorough tells stories while ensuring that he’s supported musically. Long overlooked, Dorough’s piano playing makes a world of difference supporting his songs alongside bass and drums. The trio works out for much of the album, but some songs are backed by an expanded ensemble, adding guitar, alto saxophone, brass and/or percussion. "The Coffee Song" (They’ve Got A Lot Of Coffee in Brazil) takes on a big band sound with Phil Woods in the featured spotlight. He and Dorough work hand in glove for the four tracks on which Woods appears, and both share a bright and positive aura throughout. The title track - a funky, jive number with two guitars, electric bass and organ – may be aimed at a younger audience, but its wigged-out attitude is one to which we can all relate. Dave Frishberg’s down home country lesson "Oklahoma Toad" serves to remind us that you have to get out once in a while and do some real work if you expect to see your next meal on time. Like Schoolhouse Rock, "Wake Up Sally, It’s Saturday" bounces with a deep tuba and rhythmic ride cymbal on what is clearly a jazz tune – timeless and comfortable. Dorough’s piano interlude stands out and the piece serves to remind us that Saturday morning is a time to be at ease. Jamey Haddad’s extended drum solo punctuates Dorough’s romantic and positive "I’ve Got Just About Everything," to emphasize Joe Cohn’s guitar solo and Woods’ upbeat alto solo. Drawing from many styles, Too Much Coffee Man blends the exotic world beat feeling of "Marilyn, Queen of Lies," with the supple Brazilian rhythm of "The Coffee Song," and the romantic tango overtones of "Love." The album’s closing piece, a sweeping waltz, includes a vocal trio harmonizing with Dorough, offering wishes for a better world, without war, without intolerance, and without hate. There’s enough in this world to make us sad. Bob Dorough makes you feel good.
Track Listing: The Coffee Song; Wake Up Sally, It
Personnel: Bob Dorough- vocals, piano, electric piano, whistling; Phil Woods- alto saxophone; Ray Drummond, Steve Gilmore, Tony Marino- bass; Billy Hart- drums; Bill Goodwin- drums, percussion; Jamey Haddad- drums, Hagimi Drum
Record Label: Blue Note Records