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Ruth Brown: A Good Day for the Blues

At age 70, Ruth Brown is every bit the regal blues diva. On A Good Day for the Blues (Bullseye Blues 11661-9613-2; 60:33), her followup to last years’ W.C. Handy Award winning R+B=Ruth Brown , she is supported by a stellar cast of sideman including drummer Akira Tana, organist Bobby Forrester, saxophonists Bill Easley and Victor Goines, trumpeter Abram Wilson, New Orleans bass stalwart James Singleton and guitarist Duke Robillard, who stings on the mournful title track and swings on the sly midtempo shuffle “Be Good to Me Tonight.”

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