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Good Hands

by Danny Caron

Soulful Blues and Jazz guitar with two special unreleased Charles Brown trio tracks.
Genre: Blues: Guitar Blues
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1. Shaggin'
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2. In A Sentimental Mood
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3. The Promise
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4. Shine On
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5. I Wonder Where Our Love Has Gone
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6. The Guitar Speaks
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7. Gate Walks The Board
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8. A Rainy Night in Georgia
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9. Hey Jimmy
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10. Soul Street
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11. With The Wind And The Rain In Your Hair
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Danny Caron is a soulful and passionate guitarist who has played with some of the best musicians in America. His CD entitled "Good Hands" features some of the most soulful musicians in the San Francisco Bay Area including Jim Pugh from the Robert Cray Band on Hammond organ, Ron E. Beck from Tower of Power on drums, and two exquisite previously unreleased Charles Brown trio cuts with the legendary Charles Brown singing and playing piano, and Ruth Davies on bass.In addition you'll find some beautiful acoustic jazz cuts with John Wiitala (bass), Deszon Claiborne (drums), and John R Burr (piano) A couple of those are augmented by a burning horn section, with a few searing sax solos from Jeff Ervin and Charles McNeal.


"The tunes on this record are really homages to some of my favorite guitarists", says Caron. "Grant Green, Billy Butler, Johnny and Oscar Moore, Gatemouth Brown, T Bone Walker, and BB King - just to name a few of the obvious ones...I'm not trying to play like them-I never could-I'm just trying to thank them!"

Originally out of Silver Spring, Maryland, Danny moved to Austin, Texas and cut his teeth on the Crawfish circuit playing with singer-pianist Marcia Ball. He then worked with Zydeco king Clifton Chenier and his Red Hot Louisiana Band with whom he recorded the Grammy Award winning Album I'm Here in 1980. Relocating to the San Francisco Bay Area in 1981 he continued to freelance and eventually teamed up with the legendary singer and pianist Charles Brown.

Danny served as guitarist and musical director for Charles Brown from 1987 until Brown's death in 1999. He has played on numerous CD's and sessions with Charles Brown, Clifton Chenier, Bonnie Raitt, John Lee Hooker, Van Morrison, Steve Miller, Ruth Brown, Etta Jones, John Clayton, Teddy Edwards, Gerald Wilson, Donald Fagen, Dr. John, Little Milton Campbell, John Hammond Jr. and many others.

*Danny is the featured guitarist on the Van Morrison produced John Lee Hooker album, "Don't Look Back" which won two Grammy Awards - one for Best Traditional Blues Recording, and the other for Best Collaboration, Van Morrison and John Lee Hooker.

He keeps up a busy schedule touring and performing last year with his organ trio Good Hands, Plas Johnson, Barbara Morrison, Maria Muldaur, Tom Rigney and Flambeau, and others. He is presently teaching courses at The Jazzschool in Berkeley California.
Danny composed the film score to the motion picture 'johns' starring David Arquette and Lukas Haas.He and Charles Brown composed the title tune, "The Promised Land" featured on Danny's 2008 CD "How Sweet It Is". He has just released his 3rd CD entitled "Jazz and Blues" with a special guest vocal from Maria Muldaur!

DANNY CARON SELECTED DISCOGRAPHY

solo releases:
"Good Hands" -Danny Caron Records 2003
"How Sweet It Is" -Danny Caron Records 2008
"Jazz and Blues" -Danny Caron Records 2012

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previous recordings:
With CLIFTON CHENIER AND HIS RED HOT LOUISIANA BAND:
ALLIGATOR RECORDS
"I'M HERE" (GRAMMY AWARD: BEST TRADITIONAL BLUES ALBUM, 1980)


With JOHN LEE HOOKER:

POINTBLANK RECORDS (VIRGIN)
"CHILL OUT"
"DONT LOOK BACK" Produced by Van Morrison, with Van Morrison, Charles Brown.
(Double Grammy Awards for Blues Album and Collaboration 1999)


CD's WITH CHARLES BROWN (Musical Director on all sessions: Danny Caron) :

1990-1999
ROUNDER RECORDS: CHARLES BROWN
"ALL MY LIFE" With Dr. John and Ruth Brown
(Grammy Nomination 92)
"SOMEONE TO LOVE" with Bonnie Raitt
(Grammy Nomination 93)
"LUCKY SO AND SO"
"COOL CHRISTMAS BLUES"

VERVE RECORDS: CHARLES BROWN
"THESE BLUES"
"THE HONEYDRIPPER" with Etta Jones
"SO GOES LOVE" with Teddy Edwards, John Clayton, Gerald Wilson, Paul Humphries

MUSE RECORDS : CHARLES BROWN
"BLUES AND OTHER LOVE SONGS" with Houston Person

WARNER BROTHERS RECORDS : CHARLES BROWN
"NEW YORK ROCK AND SOUL REVIEW" with Donald Fagen

A & M RECORDS : CHARLES BROWN
"A VERY SPECIAL CHRISTMAS" with Bonnie Raitt and Charles Brown


With John Hammond Junior:
(Point Blank)
"TROUBLE NO MORE" with Charles Brown, Little Charlie and the Nightcats, others

With Hadda Brooks:
(Point Blank)
"STAIRWAY TO THE STARS"


With Maria Muldaur
"MEET ME WHERE THEY PLAY THE BLUES"-Telarc Records 2001
"SWINGING IN THE RAIN"-CHILDRENS ALBUM 2002
"ANIMAL CRACKERS:SHIRLEY TEMPLE TRIBUTE" 2003
"A WOMAN ALONE WITH THE BLUES:SONGS OF PEGGY LEE" Telarc Records 2003
"HEART OF MINE-LOVE SONGS OF BOB DYLAN" Telarc, 2007

With Barbara Morrison
"LIVE AT THE 9:20 SPECIAL"

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Reviews


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Lee Hildebrand


Caron originals mingle with material associated with Billy Butler, Gatemouth Brown, Brook Benton, and Duke Ellington, and Caron's fingers slice the melodies like a warm knife through sweet butter, his thoughtfully sculpted lines matching the assertive grit of the blues tradition with the grace and fluidity of a true jazz improviser. Soul jazz doesn't get much better – or bluer – than this.
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Mike Elias in "The Chord"- Minneapolis

"...it was all done right."
"Everything good that you'd expect from the CD happens
and all the pitfalls are avoided. The CD is definitely
the product of a true professional, which Caron proves
himself to be. From the inclusion of the Brown tracks,
to the choice of covers to the recording of the CD at
Fantasy Studios, it was all done right."
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Joseph Jordan, editor "Southland Blues" - LA

"...one of the best releases of the year."
THE CARON MAN CAN: One of the most respected musicians on the West Coast lives in the Bay Area and has just released a superb CD, his first as a leader, that shows his musical ingenuity, integrity and taste. Danny Caron, a guitarist of impeccable aplomb has just released "Good Hands" on his own label and it's one of the best releases of the year. Danny's spent time backing up a who's who of players, including Marcia Ball, Clifton Chenier, Bonnie Raitt, John Lee Hooker, Van Morrison, Ruth Brown, Etta Jones, Dr. John, Little Milton, John Hammond Jr. and many others. Equally at home playing jazz, blues or modern Zydeco and then some, Caron is also known for having been guitarist & musical director of the late, beloved pianist/vocalist Charles Brown over the last decade plus of Mr. Brown's remarkable career. Danny has included 2 previously unreleased tracks of his and Brown's that alone are worth the price of the recording.
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Rob Clark

Excellent. Deep groove. Love the organ trio thing!
Polished, excellent production. Just nails the groove. Ranges from funky organ trio thing to deep ballad. I liked it so much, I gave a copy to my Mom - who went to 5 Wes Montgomery shows in a row when I was a kid!
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Maxwell Jackson

Danny Caron truly does have good hands
This CD is great - it starts off with a bang and the high quality work just keeps on coming. Great for listening, dancing and humming along - good work!
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Brad Kinder - Richmond, Va

The definition of great guitar playing!
Ten straight 5 star reviews.....That has to say something! I've had this one for awhile now but never tire of it. It IS jazz/blues guitar done at the finest level and always tasty, toneful and swinging. I just hope there's a follow up by Danny soon. It's my favorite release in recent years.
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Bob Calla

If you like instrumental guitar OR blues OR jazz, BUY THIS CD!
I don't know how it took me until the end of 2004 to discover Danny Caron, but I'm glad I did. He has his own distinct voice as a jazzy blues player (or a bluesy jazz player depending our your leanings).

There are three separate performances on this CD: an organ trio, reminiscent of Jimmy Ponder playing with Jimmy McGriff or Groove Holmes, or Paul Bollenback with Joey Defrancesco; a piano quartet, ranging from mellow ballad to funky blues, complete with horn section on a couple of tunes; finally a blues trio with Charles Brown on vocals!

Amazing. Please keep these CDs coming. I'm telling everyone I know.
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Walter Brown

Great Music
I enjoyed listening to every song on this cd.I would recomend this cd for everyones collection. It really hits you in all the right spots.
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Dan Doherty


After listening to this CD in its entirety, I feel compelled to share my thoughts in a review, a first for me. This CD is a top notch winner for any fan of jazz and/or blues, as well as any fan of truly heartfelt, soulful music. It’s comprised of a wide spectrum of styles of jazz & blues, classics from the past as well as freshly penned tunes, all executed masterfully and tastefully.
I have a collection of over 2000 CDs and I found myself hard pressed, as I think anyone will be, to find a tastier, more poignantly elegantly stated rendition of the old Duke Ellington classic, "In A Sentimental Mood." This tune is followed by "The Promise," an up tempo original with a forward looking hopeful feel to it. The next tune, another original, "Shine On," evokes a mellow mood of catharsis and moving on, with its solid Hammond organ backdrop and country blues licks, something my mind’s ear can hear Ray Charles playing.
Having been a devoted fan of Charles Brown for many years before his passing in early 1999, I was aware and appreciative of Danny Caron’s playing since the mid to late 1980’s, when he became Charles Brown’s band leader. Many people with big names are given credit for helping in the resurrection of Charles’ career, and rightfully so. However, none of them deserve that credit more than Danny Caron, who was in the trenches with Charles, and without whom, the timeless body of work created by Charles and his band since their union would never have come into existence. Charles Brown was a musician’s musician, so if you’re unaware of him, you’re not alone. But there’s no reason to remain unaware. Danny included two previously unreleased trio tunes with Charles on vocals & piano and the incomparable Ruth Davies on bass. Two absolute nuggets. All I’ll say further on this point is take a listen to the sound clips from tracks 5 & 11, and you’ll begin to learn what the collaboration between Danny Caron and Charles Brown, the man who created "West Coast Blues," was about.
The CD also includes two tunes with monster horn sections (tracks 6 & 7) and a classic funk tinged rendition of "Rainy Night In Georgia." These are followed by two originals: a solid funk tune entitled "Hey Jimmy" that builds up to a burning sax solo and a beautiful, hypnotic, aptly named tune entitled "Soul Street."
Finally, I’ll say this: Take a listen to the sound clip of the opener, "Shaggin’," an original. If after the first 30-40 seconds of the tune, you find that it’s not to your liking, immediately turn off your stereo and call a doctor. Something is wrong with you.
Cheers.
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Bob Steffen

Every track was a winner
As the Sunday morning DJ (6am to 9am) on KMHD, 89.1 in Portland, Oregon, it is not very often that I find a CD where every track is solid. This CD has it! I can't say enough how pleased I am with it.
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