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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 31, 2003)
  • Original Release Date: March 1, 2003
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Danny Caron Music
  • ASIN: B0000YHOO6
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #454,418 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Danny Caron is a soulful and passionate guitarist who has played with some of the best musicians in America. His just released 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, 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 most recently with Robben Ford, Barbara Morrison, Maria Muldaur and others. He continues working with Just Say Jazz, a group of Bay Area musicians dedicated to preserving and promoting jazz and blues awareness in primary schools. He is presently teaching courses at The Jazzschool in Berkeley California. WWW.DANNYCARON.COM


Danny Caron Good Hands Like such guitar masters as Johnny Moore, Billy Butler, and Eric Gale, Danny Caron walks the fine line between blues and jazz with uncanny command. The Oakland picker found a like-minded cohort in Charles Brown and, in the early 1990s, masterminded the fallen blues superstar's resurgence. Brown, who died in 1999, turns up on the guitarist's debut CD, Good Hands, singing and playing piano with support from just Caron and bassist Ruth Davies on a couple of ballads that exceed the intimacy of many of Brown's celebrated comeback recordings. The remaining nine tunes were cut more recently and feature Caron in instrumental combo settings with either organist Jim Pugh or pianist John R. Burr providing the harmonic underpinning. 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. Lee Hildebrand --Lee Hildebrand: SF Bay Guardian

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, Donald Fagan, 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 the Mr. Brown's remarkable career. Danny has included a previously unreleased track of his and Brown's that is worth the price of the recording. --Joseph Jordan: Southland Blues

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By STEPHEN T. McCARTHY on October 16, 2005
Format: Audio CD
[Originally posted on 2005, March 13.]

Look, I'm 45 years old (my arthritic knees feel at least twice that age) and most people my age are rarely buying new music. I'm no exception. By 45, you know what you like and you've owned it for years. Because the tape deck in my truck broke several months back, I've been forced to listen to the radio while driving.

Going home from work after midnight a few weeks ago, I put on the local pseudo-Jazz station. Late, when they figure nobody's listening anyway, KYOT sometimes shelves the Kenny G and Dave Koz and spins stuff a little more adventurous. About halfway home they started playing some hot guitarist whose style I did not recognize. Damn! This guy was GOOD! I pulled into my garage, shut off the engine, & just sat there listening; unable to go into the house until the track concluded. (And I'm thinking : "You KYOT Airheadzona DJ better tell me who this is, doggone it!") "That was DANNY CARON with THE PROMISE," he announced. Now, I know from past experiences that whenever a musical piece commands my attention to that degree upon first listen, I've got a winner.

I ordered 'GOOD HANDS' from Amazon, & when it arrived I found myself staring at a middle-aged, balding guy who looked like the archetype late night television talk show host. My first impression : Well, yeah it's good, but maybe I didn't really need to own it. That opinion was radically reversed by my 4th or 5th trip through the nearly hour-long disc. By then, my ears had picked-up on what he was doing with that guitar, and I'm thinking, "OH, HOKEY SMOKES, MAN!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Narizdura La Carretera on November 19, 2006
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Caron has a very concentrated, simple style that sweeps the listener along without sounding like 'this is jazz, can you understand it?' For me this is the epitome of good jazz blues playing. His tone, also, is impeccable. Not as dark as the typical 'jazz guitarist' yet not over-hairy like the rock blues folk. It's just right, very balanced and clear. I wish more jazz guitarists would go for this tone, nice and dry without much delay.

It's also a very well produced, well recorded album. To top it all off and bring it to 5 stars, there's not a bad composition on the album.
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By Lawrence A. Wade on May 29, 2014
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Danny Caron's album is clean and fun. The sound is edited rather than flamboyant and shows his maturity as a musician.
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