8:28 p.m. Jan. 31
A good record producer is like a good editor. He or she maintains originality of the voice. The producer becomes an advocate for the artist’s material. The producer has vision.
Joe Henry fits this bill.
A few years ago Henry told me how he investigated Sam Cooke’s “Night Beat” as a template for his “I Believe In My Soul” compilation with soul singers Ann Peebles, Irma Thomas, Allen Toussaint, Mavis Staples and Billy Preston (who played on 1963's "Night Beat"). Henry did not set out to imitate Cooke’s intimate, stripped down affair, but he wanted to study the prominent vocals..........