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Gate Swings
Clarence Gatemouth Brown
Gate Swings
Genres: Blues, Pop
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Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown's tough-minded approach to the blues, country, Cajun, and jazz insures a minimum of nonsense and a maximum of variety, while his virtuosity on the guitar and fiddle insures the highest standards....  more »


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All Artists: Clarence Gatemouth Brown
Title: Gate Swings
Members Wishing: 1
Total Copies: 0
Label: Polygram Records
Original Release Date: 7/15/1997
Release Date: 7/15/1997
Genres: Blues, Pop
Styles: Regional Blues, Texas Blues, Electric Blues, Modern Blues
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 731453761728

Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown's tough-minded approach to the blues, country, Cajun, and jazz insures a minimum of nonsense and a maximum of variety, while his virtuosity on the guitar and fiddle insures the highest standards. Nonetheless, Brown's 1997 album is a landmark for the 73-year-old picker who won a Rhythm & Blues Foundation Pioneer Award. All 13 tunes on Gate Swings find Brown working with his regular road quartet plus a 13-piece horn section, enabling him to prove that Duke Ellington, Count Basie, and Lionel Hampton have been as important to his music as any bluesman or Creole fiddler. Gate Swings includes tunes by all three of those big-band leaders as well as compositions by Buddy Johnson, Percy Mayfield, Louis Jordan, and Brown himself, and they all swing with the massive force that only a big horn section can muster. Brown has leaned in this direction before, but Gate Swings is special, because it features the horn arrangements of Wardell Quezergue, an alumnus of the Dave Bartholomew band who arranged many of the best New Orleans R&B hits in the '60s and '70s. Quezergue creates big, brassy riffs and thick, sliding harmonies, but he's sympathetic to singers and knows how to clear out space for Brown's vocals and guitar solos. Brown's voice isn't as strong as it once was, but his playing is sharper than ever. He phrases his guitar solos in long, legato phrases like a trumpeter, with few parenthetical embellishments. His solos have never sounded more at home than they do in the context of Quezergue's New Orleans big band. --Geoffrey Himes

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Gatemouth takes it home
Cindy Go | Lafayette, CO USA | 09/16/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"My husband played drums with Gatemouth in the early 70's. He always raved about him so I went out and picked up "Gate Swings." I'm surprised the CD still works I've played it so much.

Today, 9/15/05, I read that last Saturday, 9/10/05, at the age of 81, Clarence Gatemouth Brown died, shortly after his home in Slidell, LA was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina. We believe his heart was broken.

This album is a swinging, riveting performance that grinds into the heart of the true music lover and keeps you tapping your foot and swaying your whole upper body to the beat saying, "Oh yeah, play it for me again Gatemouth!" long after Gatemouth has taken it home. Big horns, Big Band, big music, big music man.

Pick up the CD and swing with us.

Good night Gatemouth. Play it for me again next time..."
Swing It
booknblueslady | Woodland, CA United States | 01/20/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Veteran blues artist Clarence Gatemouth Brown takes us back to a bygone era on his cd Gate Swings. Brown refers to his music as American music rather than blues and does not like to be pigeon-holed. This cd celebrating Brown's fifty years in the music business, displays his skill at playing swinging blues like the great big-bands of the forties. It is no surprise that he does this so well. Clarence Gatemouth Brown first instrument was the trumpet and he says that he plays the guitar like a trumpet, fitting in nicely with a big-band.He pays tribute to many leaders of American music Duke Ellington, Louis Jordan, Count Basie and Percy Mayfield. I love his version of "Caledonia." What makes that good girl so bad anyway? I also am fond of his tough version of "Since I Fell for You." It beats the numerous saccharine versions which I had previously heard.This cd is great for a mellow morning or afternoon of listening. I wouldn't be without it in my collection.If you like big band music, this is a must."
Not Enough Stars
RICHARD HALE | Chicago, IL USA | 12/13/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Everybody gets this for Christmas. I wish I had tickets for the tune-up sessions. I'd be stunned if there was a human on the planet that, after listening to the first cuts, did not get up and... move."