Brighter Days

Brighter Days

by JJ Grey & Mofro

CD(Bonus DVD)

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If you've ever seen JJ Grey & Mofro, you have an idea of what to expect from this concert-length DVD and accompanying 78-minute CD. That said, since this gig, recorded in January at Atlanta's Variety Playhouse, was pre-planned with the end result being Brighter Days, maybe you don't. For starters, there's the band. For this engagement, Mofro was a sextet that included saxophonist Art Edmaiston, trumpeter Dennis Marion, organist and pianist Anthony Farrell, drummer Anthony Cole, electric and lap steel guitarist Andrew Trube, and bassist Todd Smallie. The concert footage is broken up with documentary footage of Grey -- who hails from the swamps of Florida -- telling stories (he's brilliant at it) and offering his observations on music, life, and various and sundry thoughts. The DVD gig contains three more songs than the CD. Musically, Mofro is excellent here. The way Grey and band combine their loosely played (not sloppy) roots meld of Southern R&B, country, blues, gospel, and muddy pop has a way of gaining in intensity, whether they are playing vintage tunes or newer ones; it's instictive, not something you can rehearse. Grey's voice is much grittier live than on records, it is a catalyst for the band to build upon and they do so whenever presented with the opportunity. The Brighter Days film was by Spookie Daly

Product Details

Release Date: 09/13/2011
Label: Alligator Records
UPC: 0014551494423
catalogNumber: 4944
Rank: 7924


Album Credits

Performance Credits

JJ Grey & Mofro   Primary Artist
Anthony Cole   Drums
Art Edmaiston   Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Todd Smallie   Bass
JJ Grey   Acoustic Guitar,Harmonica,Electric Guitar,Vocals
Dennis Marion   Trumpet
Anthony Farrell   Organ,Piano
Andrew Trube   Electric Guitar,Lap Steel Guitar

Technical Credits

Bruce Iglauer   Executive Producer
Carl Nappa   Engineer
Jesse Aratow   Film Producer
Kevin Niemiec   Artwork
Daryl Hance   Composer
JJ Grey   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Artwork
Spookie Daly   Director,Film Producer

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