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Up Jumped the devil

Discovering the music of Robert Johnson 1 by Carmen Gomes Inc.

Carmen Gomes – vocals
Folker Tettero – guitars
Peter Bjørnild – double-bass
Bert Kamsteeg – drums

  1. Tunica (P.Bjørnild/ F.Tettero/ C.Gomes/ B.Kamsteeg) – 01:19
  2. Hellhound On My Trail (Robert Johnson) – 05:05
  3. Rosedale (P.Bjørnild/ F.Tettero/ C.Gomes/ B.Kamsteeg) – 00:45
  4. Up Jumped the Devil (Robert Johnson) – 05:30
  5. Dark Corner cemetery P.Bjørnild/ F.Tettero/ C.Gomes/ B.Kamsteeg) – 00:49
  6. Come On In My Kitchen (Robert Johnson) – 04:45
  7. Penton P.Bjørnild/ F.Tettero/ C.Gomes/ B.Kamsteeg) – 00:46
  8. When You Got A Good Friend (Robert Johnson) – 06:16
  9. Robinsonville P.Bjørnild/ F.Tettero/ C.Gomes/ B.Kamsteeg) – 00:41
  10. Ease The Pain (Carmen Gomes) – 04:36
  11. Hazelhurst P.Bjørnild/ F.Tettero/ C.Gomes/ B.Kamsteeg) – 00:51
  12. Love in Vain (Robert Johnson) – 05:51
  13. Clarksdale 61/49 P.Bjørnild/ F.Tettero/ C.Gomes/ B.Kamsteeg) – 01:59
  14. Stop Breaking Down (Robert Johnson) – 04:08
  15. Martinsville P.Bjørnild/ F.Tettero/ C.Gomes/ B.Kamsteeg) – 02:01
    Bert Kamsteeg – drums Peter Bjornild – double bass Folker Tettero – guitars Carmen Gomes – vocals
    A Sound Liaison One Mic + recording by Frans de Rond recorded 16th and 17th of July 2020, Hilversum, Netherlands.
    A song is like a dream, and you try to make it come true. They’re like strange countries you have to enter. —Bob Dylan

By framing each of Robert Johson’s songs with small instrumental miniatures
Carmen Gomes Inc. have created an album that sounds like an imaginary road movie.
Listening one perceives Robert walking late at night, en route in the Mississippi Delta, reflecting back on his life.
The low A, 27.5 khz, from the bowed down tuned double bass representing the Mississippi night, the drums creating the sounds surrounding the night and the guitar being Robert’s mind.
More than playing parts, guitarist Folker Tettero and drummer Bert are playing moods. I actually asked Bert to play the lyrics instead of the drums, a task I knew especially he would be able to fulfill.
Throughout the album Folker is in constant dialogue with Carmen’s melody line. Sometimes edging her on and at other times comforting her.
Folker decided to use an electric 12 string guitar on the small miniatures. The sounds he creates adds a whole new aspect to his musicianship and emphasizes his deep affinity for the blues.
Carmen is at the top of her game here. Her never the same way twice saxophone like phrasing showing her jazz heritage and why jazz is in such great debt to the blues.
Love in Vain in particular being a good example.

Engineer Frans De Rond created a one mic + set up. Adding two Josephson C700 microphones to the central Josephson C700s.
The benefit sound wise compared to the pure one mic setup being that Carmen’s voice and my double bass sound would not suffer when the band would at certain moments would raise the dynamic level.

Arranging Robert Johnson’s songs for Carmen Gomes Inc. turned out to be very easy. Somehow each song was telling me instantly what to do. Even When You Got a Good Friend, with it’s J.S. Bach inspired counterpoint or Love In Vain where the harmony used has more to do with Bebop than blues, where written very quickly. It was as if they materialized instead of having to be arranged.
Same goes for the instrumental compositions which were made on the spot, they took no effort, they played themselves.
Peter Bjørnild

‘in addition to finding the sound of this recording superb, I also found the music to be really satisfying’ – Joe Whip – Audiophile Style
‘Alles klopt weer in de – met de hele band tegelijk opgenomen – tracks waarin Carmen, zoals we van haar gewend zijn, geen vocaal trapezewerk nodig heeft om te imponeren’ jazzflits