Let Your Hair Down

Let Your Hair Down

by Floyd McDaniel & the Blues SwingersFloyd McDaniel & the Blues Swingers


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Floyd McDaniel was 78 when, in 1994, he recorded Let Your Hair Down! for the Chicago-based Delmark. Through the years, the singer/guitarist had been the type of artist who had one foot in pre-bebop jazz and one in urban blues--and that approach continues to serve him nicely on this CD. McDaniel's credentials as a jump blues shouter are illustrated by inspired versions of Louis Jordan's "Caldonia," T-Bone Walker's "Blue Mood" and Roy Milton's "R.M. Blues," while his talents as a jazz singer are evident on Duke Ellington's "It Don't Mean That Thing" and Billie Holiday's "God Bless The Child." On this album, McDaniel leads a cohesive, swinging octet known as the Blues Swingers, which consists of a hard-swinging rhythm section and four horn players, including trumpeter Mike McLaughlin, tenor saxophonist Dave Clark, alto saxophonist Paul Mundy and baritone saxophonist/clarinetist Martin "Van" Kelly. Let Your Hair Down! would be among McDaniel's last recordings; the veteran artist died the following year.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/20/1994
Label: Delmark
UPC: 0038153067120
catalogNumber: 671
Rank: 76213

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Floyd McDaniel & the Blues Swingers   Primary Artist,Track Performer
Kansas Fields   Drums
Bill Yancey   Bass
Mike McLaughlin   Trumpet
Paul Mundy   Alto Saxophone
Donny Nichilo   Piano
Dave Clark   Tenor Saxophone
Floyd McDaniel   Guitar,Vocals
Dave Clark   Tenor Saxophone
Robert H. Henderson   Drums
Martin Kelly   Clarinet,Baritone Saxophone

Technical Credits

Paul Serrano   Engineer
W.C. Handy   Composer
Billie Holiday   Composer
Arthur Herzog   Composer
Robert G. Koester   Producer
Dick Shurman   Liner Notes
Dave Clark   Arranger

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