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Neville Brothers: Valence Street

Album Notes

The Neville Brothers: Charles Neville (vocals, flute, soprano, alto & tenor saxophones); Art Neville (vocals, organ, keyboards); Aaron Neville, Cyril Neville (vocals).

The Neville Brothers Band: Shane Theriot (guitar); Eric Kolb, Saya Saito (keyboards); Nick Daniels (bass, background vocals); Willie Green (drums); Earl Smith (background vocals).

Additional personnel: Tommy Sims (acoustic & electric guitars, keyboards, bass, background vocals); Phil Madeira (electric, slide & lap steel guitars, slide dobro, accordion, Hammond B-3 organ, Wurlitzer piano); Jerry McPherson (electric & E-bow guitars); Gordon Kennedy, William Owsley, Andrew Ramsey (electric guitar); Mark Douthit (flute, tenor saxophone); Tim Akers (clarinet, piano); Michael Haynes (trumpet); Barry Green (trombone); Jennifer Kummer (French horn); Jerry Duplessis (bass); Steve Brewster, Dan Needham (drums); Darrell Tibbs (percussion); DJ Skribble (scratches); Aaron Neville Jr (background vocals); The Nashville String Machine.

Producers: The Neville Brothers, Wyclef Jean.

Recorded at Woodland Studios and Sound Stage, Nashville, Tennessee; American Sector Studios, New Orleans, Louisiana; Chung King Studios, New York, New York.

VALENCE STREET was nominated for the 2000 Grammy Award for Best R&B Vocal Performance.

Named after the uptown New Orleans block where the Neville Brothers grew up, VALENCE STREET finds Louisiana's first musical family exploring different corners of the black music idiom. This record ranges from the sinewy instrumental title track, led by the saxophone of Charles Neville, to the syncopated rhythms and chants of "Real Funk," the latter bringing to mind Art Neville's work with The Meters. The Nevilles also handle contemporary R&B well. Such quiet-storm fare as "Until We Meet Again" and "Utterly Beloved" is gilded with lush string arrangements and made noteworthy by younger brother Cyril's raspy vocal style. A duet with Wyclef Jean on "Mona Lisa" finds the Nevilles easily absorbing the nuances and beats of hip-hop.

Aaron Neville's angelic voice continues to soar with a depth seemingly unaffected by time, most notably on the Cate Brothers' "Give Me A Reason." Other interesting covers include a version of Pete Seeger's "If I Had A Hammer" that percolates with insistent rhythms, and the Brothers' take on Richard Thompson's "Dimming Of The Day," sung by eldest brother Art Neville and reverberating with Phil Madeira's twangy lap steel.


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