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CLARENCE BUCARO

NEW ORLEANS

2009-12-07

While New Orleans is ground zero for some of the most upbeat party music you’ll ever hear, it is also home to plenty of great Soul and R & B. The likes of Irma Thomas, John Boutte, Johnny Adams and Aaron Neville provide a welcome respite from the hip-shaking dance floor with songs that burn low, slow and sweet. Ohio native Clarence Bucaro became smitten with the soulful side of New Orleans and joined forces with Anders Osborne (guitar and vocals), Kirk Joseph (Sousaphone), Mike Burkart (B3/keys) and Doug Belote (drums) from the local scene to lay down the 10 tracks collected here. Like all good Soul music, this set is intensely personal and lures you into its emotional web. While most of the cuts are low key and focus more on the vocals than the groove, there are a few semi-upbeat exceptions including "Light in Your Eyes", "The Other End", "Let me Let Go of You" and "Red Herring". While Bucaro has a ways to go to be mentioned in the same breath with long term members of the scene, his supple voice and the well crafted tunes collected here have him on the right path. A good bet when it’s time to move the party from the dance floor to the dark and quiet corner. Smitty

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