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Hugh Laurie - Let Them Talk (2011). Music and songs by Hugh Laurie

Musician Hugh Laurie...

Music and songs by Hugh Laurie: blues and more…

James Hugh Calum Laurie is an actor, musician, writer and comedian. He was born in Oxford in 1959. He worked extensively on television and became famous for his role as an arrogant doctor in the cult TV series House M.D. For this role, he received two Golden Globes, two Screen Actors Guild Awards and six Emmy Award nominations.

He has also acted in numerous other films and TV series: "Sense and Sensibility" (1995) with Emma Thompson and Kate Winslet 101 Dalmatians (1996)"The Man in the Iron Mask" (1998)Bette (1998)Stuart Little (1999)Stuart Little 2 (2002)Flight of the Phoenix (2004)Street Kings (2008)Black Viper (1982) as well as in the cult series "Jeeves and Wooster" with his friend Stephen Fry.

In addition, he wrote the bestselling The Gun Dealer (1996).

Hugh Laurie - Gun Dealer (1996)
Hugh Laurie - Gun Dealer (1996)

Despite successful work on television, over time, Hugh begins to look for himself in music. In interviews, he often admitted how he hated studying classical music at a music school as a child. However, over time, he begins to reveal his incredible musical side.

Lori finds herself in the blues, with a touch of jazz. These two trends have their roots in New Orleans at the beginning of the last century.

As a child, he was a fan of the great Professor Longair (his favorite work "Tipitina" he overplayed the same in his work). It is from here that the “legs” of his main musical masterpiece grow ...

And here we come to a very important point. A moment that will allow us to look at Lori from a completely new perspective.

Hugh Laurie - album «

Let Them Talk

» (2011)

Hugh Laurie - album "Let Them Talk" 
Hugh Laurie - album "Let Them Talk"

"Let Them Talk" is Laurie's very personal journey into the heart and soul of this music. May 9, 2011 can be safely considered the day when Hugh declared himself as a musician.

It is inevitable, of course, that the protagonist of the album is a middle-aged man. A vain hero with a cane and a holy mission to make as many "enemies" as possible, at the same time, with his charm, saves some lucky ones from a malignant form of a mysterious type of cancer.

In some ways, the parallelism I draw between House and this southern blues counterpart is rather crude and clichéd, but it's an equally interesting dilemma that I encountered during my first listening to the album.

The thing is, the sound is too clear to be true. Old schoolers are not used to this. However, with each new listening to the album, you kind of gradually become one with the person who is behind it all.

Obviously, Hugh Laurie's devotion to this project is also explained by the fact that he becomes the hero of the album, its savior. It may be just another blues album, which was recorded by ordinary musical masters, and the bright face of a TV star was placed on the cover ... But Let Them Talk is not just another re-played album with covers of pre-war classics. Hugh injects his charm into the music very precisely without destroying its original magnetism.

The documentary "Down by the River" - also includes chronicles showing Laurie's day and night journeys through the city on foot, by bike or by car, including a visit to the legendary Euclid Records store, where he reverently surveys classic records.

Laurie calls New Orleans "the most romantic place on earth" and notes that it is "a city that is not afraid of death", as he looked death in the eye.

“That aspect is reflected in my music,” he notes. “Death is a secondary key. Life is the master key."

He freely admits that he follows "in the footsteps of Martin Scorsese, Ken Burns and Spike Lee," all of whom have quietly forged their similar cinematic musical paths.

“Here I am in the French Quarter playing with all these great musicians who were born here. It might be about as good as it looks."

Laurie Jones remarks admiringly, "He must have listened to a lot of blues players, a lot of boogie-woogie", and remarks that Laurie's playing is similar to that of Jerry Lee Lewis. Thomas is surprised that when she saw him at the keyboards, she "could tell that he really plays the blues."

You're playing with The Copper Bottom Band, which has some amazing musicians. How did you put together such a wonderful group? How did you find them?

- I did the casting with the help of producer Joe Henry, he knows almost every musician you can name in this genre. None of this would have been possible without his help!

What genre of music do you prefer? Or, to make it easier for you, what songs are on your current playlist?

This morning I was listening to Albert Ammons and Mead Lux Lewis. I really like these guys. I love pianists in general.

Your profession has its pros and cons. What do you like the most and what are you trying to avoid?

Both sides of the coin are connected. In every key, I find an outlet and have fun as much as I can, mainly because I am a sociable person and like to work with people who are close in spirit to me.

Your album "Let Them Talk" is filled with echoes of the blues album "Did not It Rain" and is more about the history of American music. What can we expect from the next album? Will your own songs appear on the third album?

I have no plans for a third album. I thought a lot and, you know, I really enjoy playing music live. So for now I play what I like in performances. And most importantly, people love it too!

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