C.J. CHENIER - The Big Squeeze MP3/Flac

Styles: Modern Electric Blues, Zydeco, Creole, Cajun, North American Tradition
Recorded: 1996
Released: 1996
Label: Alligator
File: mp3 @ 320 kbps
Size: 132.92 MB
Time: 56:42
Art: Full

1. Au Contraire, Mon Frère - 3:39
2. Don't You Just Know It - 4:16
3. I Have The Right - 6:21
4. Mixed Up And Confused - 3:29
5. Cheatin' On The Man You're Cheatin' With - 3:11
6. Every Day I Have To Cry Some - 4:01
7. I Can't Judge Nobody - 4:09
8. (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear - 2:34
9. The Moon Is Rising - 6:25
10. Lion's Den - 4:21
11. Part Time Woman - 3:28
12. My Heart's Not Through Loving You - 3:49
13. No Shoes Zydeco - 3:22
14. Mon Cher 'Tite Bebe - 3:32

Personnel: C.J. CHENIER - Accordion, Alto Saxophone, Flute, Vocals
Harry Hypolite - Guitar, Triangle
Michael Great Bear Clair - Guitar, Percussion
Clifford Alexander - Rubboard, Percussion
Glenn Griffin - Bass
Greg 'The Hammer' Gordon
Vastie Jackson - Guitar, Bass, Percussion
The Legendary White Trash Horns

Notes: The son of late zydeco music pioneer Clifton Chenier, C.J. Chenier (born Clayton Joseph Chenier) has been dubbed "the crown prince of zydeco." Since inheriting leadership of his father's group, the Red Hot Louisiana Band, Chenier has continued to pay tribute to his father's sound and to expand the zydeco tradition. Chenier's interests in zydeco were sparked in his early twenties. Although he studied piano in the third grade, switched to the saxophone a year later, and received a scholarship to study music at Texas Southern University, he was drawn to the funky sounds of R&B and modern jazz. Chenier played saxophone, keyboards, flute, and sang backup vocals in a Top 40 cover band, Hot Ice. In 1978, Chenier was invited to replace saxophonist "Blind" John Hart in his father's band. Although he had little experience with zydeco music, he accepted the invitation. Over the next decade, he apprenticed with his father, assuming his role as accordion player and bandleader following his father's death in 1987. Chenier has remained active in a variety of outside projects. ~~ by Craig Harris.

C.J. Chenier carries on the blues-drenched zydeco tradition of his father Clifton Chenier, but this effort, while competent, is just not as fun to listen to as a zydeco record ought to be. The arrangements by Vasti Jackson seem overwrought at times, as though the players (and there is no shortage here of guitarists, horns, or percussionists) are trying too hard. Bright highs and thick lows dominate the sound; one longs for more mid-range. C.J.'s voice sounds gruff, perhaps showing signs of wear and tear from ten years fronting the band he inherited from his father. Still, there are some fine cuts, like "Cheatin' on the Man You're Cheatin' With," "Lion's Den," and his dad's "No Shoes Zydeco," and C.J. remains one of the top talents on the zydeco circuit. ~~ by Steve Hoffman.

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