All About Jazz

Home » Articles » CD/LP/Track Review

135

John Carey: Hot for Louisiana

Ed Kopp By

Sign in to view read count
Like many of his musical brethren in New Orleans, John Carey is actually a transplanted Yankee. Somehow this little-known harmonicat and singer from Boston convinced the Memphis Horns, bass-phenom George Porter, and guitarist-extraordinaire Duke Levine to join him on his second album.

These celebrated musicians acquit themselves well here, but it's Carey and his lesser-known bandmates who really steal the show. Carey's passionate vocals are somewhat remindful of Luther Kent, and his harmonica work is nothing short of masterful. His harmonica floats around, through and above the all-female horn section of Sarah Kramer (trumpet) and Rebecca Bary (saxophone) on five tracks, and the Memphis Horns on two. Rounding out Carey's regular band are Joe Krown on B-3 and piano, Willy Jaye on guitar, Van Odom on drums and Spike Perkins on bass.

Carey and friends concoct a spicy admixture of blues, boogie and blue-eyed soul that should satisfy any fan of horn-driven R&B. Carey's lyrics aren't gonna change the world, but there's a soulful sincerity to his singing that really draws you in. Highlights here include the nasty "Hold You Accountable," the harmonica workout "Johnny's Boogie," and the Lyle Lovett-like "Another Reason."

If you want to hear some well-rounded Memphis-style R&B flavored with punchy horns, great harmonica, a funky rhythm section and passionate vocals, John Carey delivers.

Title: Hot for Louisiana | Year Released: 1999 | Record Label: Humanhood Records

Tags

comments powered by Disqus

Related Articles

Read Walk The Walk CD/LP/Track Review
Walk The Walk
by Mark Sullivan
Published: May 21, 2018
Read Vol II CD/LP/Track Review
Vol II
by Geno Thackara
Published: May 21, 2018
Read Months, Weeks and Days CD/LP/Track Review
Months, Weeks and Days
by Glenn Astarita
Published: May 21, 2018
Read Space Is The Place CD/LP/Track Review
Space Is The Place
by James Fleming
Published: May 21, 2018
Read Poetry in Motion CD/LP/Track Review
Poetry in Motion
by Liz Goodwin
Published: May 21, 2018
Read Murals CD/LP/Track Review
Murals
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: May 20, 2018
Read "The Future is Female" CD/LP/Track Review The Future is Female
by Paul Rauch
Published: March 23, 2018
Read "Happy Juice" CD/LP/Track Review Happy Juice
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: July 4, 2017
Read "Day After Day" CD/LP/Track Review Day After Day
by John Eyles
Published: July 21, 2017
Read "9" CD/LP/Track Review 9
by Mark Sullivan
Published: February 19, 2018
Read "Takunde" CD/LP/Track Review Takunde
by Chris Mosey
Published: October 8, 2017
Read "Unloved" CD/LP/Track Review Unloved
by Ian Patterson
Published: December 19, 2017