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Risin' with the Blues is the last studio album released by American Blues musician Ike Turner. The album was released in the United States on September 12, 2006. It was produced by Turner's son, Ike Turner Jr., and Roger Nemour. The album was well received, receiving positive reviews,[1] and winning the Grammy Award for Best Traditional Blues Album.[2]

Risin' with the Blues
Ike Turner 2006.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedSeptember 12, 2006
StudioStudio West, Proxy Recording, Signature Sound, Track Entertainment Studios
GenreBlues, electric blues, soul
Length33:47
LabelZoho Roots
ProducerIke Turner Jr., Roger Nemour
Ike Turner chronology
His Woman, Her Man: The Ike Turner Diaries
(2004)
Risin' with the Blues
(2006)
Jack Rabbit Blues – The Singles of 1958–1960
(2011)

Critical receptionEdit

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic     [3]
All About Jazz     [4]

Senior contributor of All About Jazz, C. Michael Bailey, rated the album five stars and wrote:

There is nothing remotely retro about the music or its production. Turner seamlessly updates the music with which he has been associated for fifty years, advancing the causes of Robert Cray, Little Milton, Otis Rush and Buddy Guy with burping electric bass, sinewy lead guitars and horns aplenty.[4]

Reviewing the album for AllMusic, Jonathan Widran wrote:

The real joys of this disc are his scorching guitar energy, followed by his jumpy boogie-woogie piano. It's pretty much a funky and humor-laden bluesfest throughout, from his funked-up update of "Gimme Back My Wig" to the shuffling blues of "Tease Me." He finds a balance between tongue in cheek attitudes (as on the retitling of "Five Long Years" to "Eighteen Long Years," a reference to his marriage to Tina) with more heartfelt touches on softer songs like "A Love Like Yours." He also ventures into spirited New Orleans territory on "Goin' Home Tomorrow" and offers a prayer of forgiveness for his countless lifelong sins by declaring that "Jesus Loves Me."[3]

Awards and nominationsEdit

Risin' with the Blues won Turner his first solo Grammy for Best Traditional Blues Album at the 49th Annual Grammy Awards.[2]

PersonnelEdit

[5]

Ike Turner: lead vocals, guitar, piano

Audrey Madison: background vocals on track 7

The Kings of Rhythm:

  • Mack Johnson, Leo Dombecki, Ryan Montana – horns
  • Seth Blumberg, Joe Kelly – guitars
  • Kenny Frizelle – harp
  • Lenny "Fuzzy" Rankins – guitar on track 5
  • Paul Smith, Ernest Lane – keyboards
  • Kenny Cooper – bass
  • Bill Ray, Matt Long, Harry Jen Frizelle – drums

Track listingEdit

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Gimme Back My Wig"Ike Turner3:37
2."Caldonia"Louis Jordan2:58
3."Tease Me"Ike Turner3:47
4."Goin' Home Tomorrow"Fats Domino3:06
5."Jazzy Fuzzy"Ike Turner, Lenny Rankins3:21
6."I Don't Want Nobody"Ike Turner3:43
7."Jesus Loves Me"Ike Turner3:57
8."A Love Like Yours"Holland–Dozier–Holland3:57
9."Senor Blues"Horace Silver4:26
10."Eighteen Long Years"Eddie Boyd3:17
11."Rockin' Blues"Ike Turner4:38
12."After Hours"Erskine Hawkins5:00
13."Big Fat Mama"Ike Turner3:55
14."Bi Polar"Ike Turner3:46

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Ike Turner: Risin' With The Blues". Daily Vault.
  2. ^ a b "Ike Turner". Recording Academy Grammy Awards. 2019-06-04.
  3. ^ a b "Risin' with the Blues - Ike Turner | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic.
  4. ^ a b Bailey, C. Michael (February 19, 2007). "Ike Turner: Risin' With The Blues". All About Jazz.
  5. ^ "Ike Turner Risin' With The Blues". zohomusic.com.