Melody Gardot Currency Of Man 2LP
Melody Gardot Currency Of Man 2LP
Genre: Jazz
Label: Universal
Format: 33RPM,
Size: 12"

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Melody Gardot Currency Of Man 2LP

Melody Gardot

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SKU:
UNILPI74507
UPC:
602547450791
2016 Grammy Nominee!
Double Vinyl LP!


"On Currency of Man, Gardot takes on a rootsier sound, embracing West Coast soul, funk, gospel, and pop from the early '70s as the backdrop for these songs. It is not only different musically, but lyrically. This is a less "personal" record; its songs were deeply influenced by the people she encountered in L.A., many of them street denizens. She tells their stories and reflects on themes of social justice. It's wide angle. Produced by Larry Klein, the cast includes members of her band, crack session players -- guitarist Dean Parks, drummer Vinnie Colaiuta, Larry Goldings, the Waters Sisters, et al. -- and strings and horns. The title track is a funky blues with a rumbling bassline, dramatic strings (à la Motown) and fat horns. Gardot uses the lens of Sam Cooke to testify to the inevitability of change: "We all hopin’ for the day that the powers see abdication and run/Said it gonna come…." First single "Preacherman" is similar, employing a wrangling, smoldering blues that indicts racism in the 20st century by referring to the violent death of Emmett Till, a catalyst in the then-emergent Civil Rights movement. A driving B-3, saxophone, and menacing lead guitar ratchet up the tension to explosive. A gospel chorus mournfully affirms Gardot's vocal as a harmonica moans in the background. "Morning Sun" and closer "Once I Was Loved" are tender ballads that emerge from simple, hymn-like themes and quietly resonant with conviction. "Same to You" evokes the spirit of Dusty Springfield atop the punchy horns from her Memphis period, albeit with a West Coast sheen. The nylon-string guitar in "Don't Misunderstand" recalls Bill Withers' earthy funkiness. The song's a groover, but it's also a warning to a possessive lover. "Don't Talk" uses spooky polyrhythms (à la Tom Waits) as brooding, spacy slide guitars, B-3, and backing singers slice through forbidding blues under Gardot's voice. "If Ever I Recall Your Face" is jazzier, a 21st century take on the film noir ballad with glorious strings arranged by Clément Ducol that rise above a ghostly piano. "Bad News" simultaneously looks back at L.A.'s Central Avenue and burlesque scenes. It's a jazz-blues with a sauntering horn section, snaky electric guitar, and squawking saxophone solo. Vocally, Gardot is stronger than ever here, her instrument is bigger and fuller yet it retains that spectral smokiness that is her trademark. Currency of Man is a further step away from the lithe, winsome pop-jazz that garnered her notice initially, and it's a welcome one." - Thom Jurek, allmusic.com

"The twin scourges of homelessness and poverty fuel the gospel spirit of "It Gonna Come;" a prostitute's dead-end future is lamented in the percolating funk of "She Don't Know;" in "Preacherman," the scourge of racial intolerance - feelings inspired by the murder of Emmett Till - is articulated in the searing lyrics underscored by angry outbursts of sax and howling electric guitars." - David McGee, The Absolute Sound, 4/5 Music, 3.5/5 Sonics

Features:
• Vinyl
• Double LP
• Import

Selections:
LP 1
Side A:

1. Don't Misunderstand
2. Don't Talk
3. It Gonna Come
4. Bad News
Side B:
1. She Don't Know
2. Palmas Da Rua
3. Same To You
4. No Man's Prize
5. March For Mingus

LP 2
Side C:

1. Preacherman
2. Morning Sun
3. If I Ever Recall Your Face
Side D:
1. Once I Was Loved
2. After The Rain
3. Burying My Troubles
Description
2016 Grammy Nominee!
Double Vinyl LP!


"On Currency of Man, Gardot takes on a rootsier sound, embracing West Coast soul, funk, gospel, and pop from the early '70s as the backdrop for these songs. It is not only different musically, but lyrically. This is a less "personal" record; its songs were deeply influenced by the people she encountered in L.A., many of them street denizens. She tells their stories and reflects on themes of social justice. It's wide angle. Produced by Larry Klein, the cast includes members of her band, crack session players -- guitarist Dean Parks, drummer Vinnie Colaiuta, Larry Goldings, the Waters Sisters, et al. -- and strings and horns. The title track is a funky blues with a rumbling bassline, dramatic strings (à la Motown) and fat horns. Gardot uses the lens of Sam Cooke to testify to the inevitability of change: "We all hopin’ for the day that the powers see abdication and run/Said it gonna come…." First single "Preacherman" is similar, employing a wrangling, smoldering blues that indicts racism in the 20st century by referring to the violent death of Emmett Till, a catalyst in the then-emergent Civil Rights movement. A driving B-3, saxophone, and menacing lead guitar ratchet up the tension to explosive. A gospel chorus mournfully affirms Gardot's vocal as a harmonica moans in the background. "Morning Sun" and closer "Once I Was Loved" are tender ballads that emerge from simple, hymn-like themes and quietly resonant with conviction. "Same to You" evokes the spirit of Dusty Springfield atop the punchy horns from her Memphis period, albeit with a West Coast sheen. The nylon-string guitar in "Don't Misunderstand" recalls Bill Withers' earthy funkiness. The song's a groover, but it's also a warning to a possessive lover. "Don't Talk" uses spooky polyrhythms (à la Tom Waits) as brooding, spacy slide guitars, B-3, and backing singers slice through forbidding blues under Gardot's voice. "If Ever I Recall Your Face" is jazzier, a 21st century take on the film noir ballad with glorious strings arranged by Clément Ducol that rise above a ghostly piano. "Bad News" simultaneously looks back at L.A.'s Central Avenue and burlesque scenes. It's a jazz-blues with a sauntering horn section, snaky electric guitar, and squawking saxophone solo. Vocally, Gardot is stronger than ever here, her instrument is bigger and fuller yet it retains that spectral smokiness that is her trademark. Currency of Man is a further step away from the lithe, winsome pop-jazz that garnered her notice initially, and it's a welcome one." - Thom Jurek, allmusic.com

"The twin scourges of homelessness and poverty fuel the gospel spirit of "It Gonna Come;" a prostitute's dead-end future is lamented in the percolating funk of "She Don't Know;" in "Preacherman," the scourge of racial intolerance - feelings inspired by the murder of Emmett Till - is articulated in the searing lyrics underscored by angry outbursts of sax and howling electric guitars." - David McGee, The Absolute Sound, 4/5 Music, 3.5/5 Sonics

Features:
• Vinyl
• Double LP
• Import

Selections:
LP 1
Side A:

1. Don't Misunderstand
2. Don't Talk
3. It Gonna Come
4. Bad News
Side B:
1. She Don't Know
2. Palmas Da Rua
3. Same To You
4. No Man's Prize
5. March For Mingus

LP 2
Side C:

1. Preacherman
2. Morning Sun
3. If I Ever Recall Your Face
Side D:
1. Once I Was Loved
2. After The Rain
3. Burying My Troubles
Genre
Jazz
If Can Be Discounted
YES
Discontinued
NO
Inventory
.00
Construct
0
Dropship
0
Artist
Melody Gardot
Title
Currency Of Man
Composer
Additional Artists
Record Weight
Record Speed
33RPM
Record Speed Record Size
12"
Multi Channel
Stereo
1
Mono
Colored
Picture Disc
1/2 Speed
DMM
Out of Print
Sell Hold/Repressing
Direct to disc
Creation Date
02-09-2016
Availability
Backordered
Format
Vinyl
ISBN
Release Date
02-19-2016
ASSOC
R
Scratch & Dent
0
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