This collaborative effort between Queen Esther, Charlie Burnham, Mark Peterson, Aubrey Dayle and guitarist James "Blood" Ulmer reflects a singular, down-home vision of the blues and backwoods roots music. Blues & Grass is less about jamming and instrumentalists and more about chant and incantation, about old-time spirituals and story-telling.
Main Artist The 52nd Street Blues Project
Charlie Burnham - fiddle, mandolin, vocals
Aubrey Dayle - drums
Mark Peterson - double bass
Queen Esther - vocals
James Blood Ulmer - guitar, vocals
Producer James Blood Ulmer
Executive Producer David Chesky, Norman Chesky
Co-Producer Matthew Epstein, Lisa Hershfield, Alan Nahigian
Engineer Barry Wolifson
Assistant Engineer Aaron Freeman
Editing Engineer Nicholas Prout
Mastering Engineer Nicholas Prout
Recorded April 24, 2004.
This album was made with the purest audio path, using the very best microphones, mic preamps, analog-to-digital converters, recorders, and cables with careful attention to detail to produce the most transparent and natural sound available today.
Blues & Grass (JD279)
- My Favorite Thing (James Blood Ulmer)
- You Lied (Queen Esther)
- Recess (James Blood Ulmer)
- My Prayer (James Blood Ulmer)
- Queen Esther's Blues (James Blood Ulmer)
- Watermark (Charlie Burnham)
- I'm Goin' (Queen Esther)
- Where Do All The Girls Come From? (James Blood Ulmer)
- A Miniature Of The Bass (Mark Peterson)
- I Can't Take It (James Blood Ulmer)
- Papa Don't Know (Charlie Burnham)
- Sunnyland (Queen Esther)
Art direction by Andrij Borys.
Photography by Alan Nahigian.
Reviews"There's so much slick beautifully played stuff out there that the relative rawness of the fiddle playing and guitar here are a refreshing change. You're quickly captured by Blood Ulmer's rootsy blues in the opening ˜My Favourite Thing' and then captivated by the walking bass that introduces Queen Esther's jazzy take on ˜You Lied', moving smoothly into a Blood Ulmer instrumental ˜Recess' and ˜My Prayer' with earthy fiddle contributing to Ulmer's heartfelt vocals." - Hi-Fi+