The Door

The Door

by Keb' Mo'

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Overview

Kevin Moore took the country-sounding name Keb' Mo' before emerging as a singer-songwriter in 1994. His music and guitar style is rooted in folk and the blues, but his original songs are strictly California contemporary -- introspective with touches of tongue-in- cheek humor. The Door, produced by Russ Titleman, who has worked with Eric Clapton, James Taylor, and Paul Simon, has a polished sound unlike Mo's previous albums. There are tasteful orchestral fills, organ swells, and appropriate choral support throughout the set, all of it enhancing the core acoustic sound. The title cut describes the songwriter's spiritual renewal with a gospely chorus lifting the song out of the blues. "The Beginning" is an inspirational hymn complete with a weeping electric guitar, while the activist "Stand Up and Be Strong" has a churchy feel with a rockin' Pentacostal bed firing it up. When it comes to love, Mo's songs range from the toe-tappin' "Loola Loo," about a girlfriend who has strayed, to the sad longing of "Anyway," a story song about class barriers. The obligatory catchy sing along is a funky, funny lust number, "Gimme Whacha' Got." A new facet of Mo' is also revealed on this recording. Both "It's All Coming Back to Me Now" and "Change" have a soft jazz touch. Mo' scats on the organ-based blues of the former and comes off a bit like George Benson on the latter. But because he came to this career as a mature singer-songwriter, all of Mo's shadings of the blues are organic, au naturelle -- just what you'd expect from a California-bred artist.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/10/2000
Label: Sony
UPC: 0074646142820
catalogNumber: 61428

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Keb' Mo'   Primary Artist,Guitar,Harmonica,Vocals
Michael Davis   Trombone
David Mann   Tenor Saxophone
Rob Mounsey   Conductor
Lew Soloff   Trumpet
Marva Hicks   Vocals,Background Vocals
Scarlet Rivera   Violin
Jim Keltner   Drums
James "D-Train" Williams   Vocals,Background Vocals
Tommy Eyre   Synthesizer Strings
Lawrence Feldman   Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Greg Leisz   Pedal Steel Guitar
Reggie McBride   Bass
Greg Phillinganes   Synthesizer,Pedal Steel Guitar,Keyboards,Synthesizer Guitar
Gerri Sutyak   Cello
Thomas Tally   Viola
Leon Ware   Vocals,Background Vocals
"Ready" Freddie Washington   Bass
Sergio González   Percussion,Drums
Steve Jordan   Percussion,Drums
Clayton Gibb   Banjo
Dennis Collins   Vocals,Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Rob Mounsey   Horn Arrangements,Horn Conductor
Jill Dell'Abate   Producer,Additional Production
Tommy Eyre   String Arrangements
Russ Titelman   Producer
Keb' Mo'   Producer
Art Smith   Guitar Techician
Joel Zimmerman   Art Direction
John Boncimino   Management
Jill D. Abate   Producer
Hans Leibert   Engineer
London   Composer
David O'Donnell   Engineer
Mark Johnson   Engineer

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The Door 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Keb Mo is the most moving artist around! His music tells a story you do not want to end!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Keb Mo is probably one of the best, yet hidden, blues musicians on the market. His lyrics tell a story and his sound is unique. This is an artist that I didn't have a single album 12 months ago, got "Suitcase" as a gift. Saw him in concert, I have only one more album to complete the Keb Mo set.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Once again, another gem. This CD definitely has more layers than his others and at first it threw me a bit, but the more I listened to it the more I loved it. There is no one in my collectin of CD's that can evoke such a wide array of emotion when I listen to them as Keb'Mo'. He's in a class all of his own. Can you tell I think the guy is great??!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This CD is not like Keb's others. It isn't as traditional as the others, in the blues sense, but it shows growth and his ability to take a chance. There are some incredible songs on this CD and the more i listen to it the more I love it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
the man is solid every song.