Davell Crawford - Piano In The Vaults, Vol. 1
Written by Debra C. Argen   
Davell Crawford - Piano in the Vaults, Vol 1 New Orleans native son, Davell Crawford plays some fine Jazz piano on his album - Davell Crawford - Piano In The Vaults, Vol. 1 released on the Basin Street Records label. Recorded between 1998 and 2013, the 13-track release is a treasure trove of great New Orleans Jazz piano music enhanced by Davell Crawford's impressive vocals and piano work. Highly recommended for fans of New Orleans music.

 

Davell Crawford - Piano In The Vaults, Vol. 1

Davell Crawford - Piano In The Vaults, Vol. 1

Davell Crawford - Piano In The Vaults, Vol. 1: Song For James, Booker Days, What Is A Home Without A Mother, Morning Star, Fine Brown Frame (featuring Carol Frani), Make Me A Pallet On The Floor, Buddy Bolden's Blues, Nobody Knows You When You're Down And Out, Baby Please Be True, Teana Titty, Walkin' By Myself, You Gave Me Love, Please Send Me Someone To Love

Personnel: Davell Crawford: piano, vocals, Carol Frani: vocals on track 5

Davell Crawford - Piano In The Vaults, Vol. 1 was "Conceptualized, Written, Arranged, Produced, and Purr-Formed by Davell CrawfordTM for Soulspel Music," recorded between 1998 - 2013, produced by executive producers Davell Crawford and Mark Samuels, and released on the Basin Street Records label.

Davell Crawford opens the 13-track release with New Orleans Honky-Tonk at its best with his song, Song For James, then segues into Booker Days, a tribute to Booker T. What Is A Home Without A Mother features some fine piano "cakewalking" along the ivories. He continues with the wonderful instrumental Morning Star, written by Dave Bartholomew and James "Sugarboy" Crawford (1934 - 2012) who was Davell's grandfather.

Fine Brown Frame (featuring Carol Frani), written by Guadalupe Cartiero and J. Mayo Williams is a delightful romp full of innuendo and banter between Davell and Carol Frani. Davell slows the pace with the traditional song, Make Me A Pallet On The Floor.

Buddy Bolden's Blues is an old-timey blues piece about Buddy Bolden (1877 - 1931) written by Ferdinand "Jelly Roll" Morton (1885-1941) and recorded in 1939 in the best of New Orleans Ragtime Jazz style.

Next in the line-up is the Jimmy Cox song, Nobody Knows You When You're Down And Out, which Davell makes his own, then continues with 2 more of his own songs, Baby Please Be True and Teana Titty. Baby Please Be True picks up the pace, then slides into the instrumental Teana Titty, which has some great piano styling.

The release continues with the fabulous 1954-hit Walkin' By Myself written by J.A. Lane AKA Jimmy Rogers (1924 - 1997), who had played with Muddy Waters and Little Walter. Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Dave Bartholomew (born in 1918) and James "Sugarboy" Crawford lend one more of their songs, You Gave Me Love, before the release closes with the Percy Mayfield song, Please Send Me Someone To Love, that like a wonderful New Orleans meal is totally satisfying. Laissez les bon temps roulez!

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Websites where you can purchase Davell Crawford - Piano In The Vaults, Vol. 1 are: Basin Street Records, and Amazon.com.


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