Bruce Hornsby Here Come The Noise Makers 1998 to 1999

Here Come The Noise Makers is a live album by Bruce Hornsby.

It was recorded at concerts from 1998 to the New Year’s Eve concert in 1999.

It’s an odd album title as it suggests a loud rock & roll band. Instead we have an album by a singer songwriter that draws on jazz and classical music. Hornsby had started playing with the Grateful Dead and this album also includes some improvisational jam style playing that stretches out the songs.

Bruce Hornsby Here Come The Noise Makers

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Songs On Bruce Hornsby Here Come The Noise Makers

CD 1

Piano Intro/Great Divide – 7:48
Long Tall Cool One – 7:54
The Red Plains – 5:58
The Road Not Taken – 7:22
Lady With A Fan – 5:23
Stander On The Mountain – 7:52
Jacob’s Ladder/Blackberry Blossom – 4:31
Piano Intro/I Loves You Porgy/Nocturne – 4:21
The Way It Is – 7:02
Twelve Tone Tune/King Of The Hill – 11:43

CD 2

Spider Fingers/Tempus Fugit – 10:23
Sneaking Up On Boo Radley – 5:39
Fortunate Son – 4:47
The Valley Road – 7:08
The End Of The Innocence – 8:46
Sunflower Cat/It Takes A Lot To Laugh, It Takes A Train To Cry – 9:22
Rainbow’s Cadillac – 7:33
Mandolin Rain/Black Muddy River – 12:21

The core band are:

Bruce Hornsby – vocals, piano, accordion
Doug Derryberry – guitar, mandolin, backing vocals
Bobby Read – clarinet, saxophone, backing vocals
John “JT” Thomas – organ, keyboards, backing vocals
JV Collier – bass
Michael Baker – drums, backing vocals

Guests on some tracks are John D’earth (trumpet), Debbie Henry (vocals), Steve Kimock (guitar), Bonny Bonaparte (drums) and Land Richards (drums).

The album shows that there’s much more to Bruce Hornsby than his big hit The Way It Is. I like albums to have a unique identity – there own little space in my mind – and this album achieves that task.

It’s strongly recommended to anyone who wants to hear piano based improvisations with vocals rather than a real jazz album.


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