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Monday, November 29, 2010

Various Artists - Blues Piano-Rama

Styles : Piano Blues
Released : 2010

01 - Boogie Woogie Showdown
02 - 24 Hours A Day
03 - All Night Long
04 - Blues For Mel Brown
05 - I Took The Wrong Road
06 - The Blues Ain't Nothing
07 - Rock Me Baby
08 - Sorry Don't Cut No Ice
09 - You're The One
10 - Loved And Lost
11 - Something's Going On In My Room

Kenny 'Blues Boss' Wayne - Piano & Vocals
Julian Fauth - Piano & Vocals
Curley Bridges - Piano & Vocals
Bobby Dean Blackburn - Piano & Vocals
Chris Whiteley - Guitar, Harmonica & Trumpet
Victor Bateman - Upright Bass
Bucky Berger - Drums

October 29th, 2009 was a memorable night at the Gladstone Hotel Ballroom, a chance to let a quartet of piano maestros, with over 175 years of collective keyboard mojo between them, truly shine before an appreciative audience. What transpired was neither a showdown or a throwdown, but instead a spectacular piano confabulation from a true brotherhood of the blues.

*from zivoin

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Eddie Martin - Folk And Blues

Styles : Acoustic Blues
Released : 2010

1 - Flowers To The Desert
2 - Kind Lady Moon
3 - Let It Slide
4 - Clouds Across The Sun
5 - Butterflies
6 - Underwater Woman
7 - I'll Find My Way
8 - Month Of Mondays (Help Me Through)
9 - Still Chasing That Fox
10 - Canada
11 - Like A River
12 - Old London Blues

Three decades of songwriting craft and instrumental skillbuilding come together on Eddie Martin’s latest collection, “Folk and Blues” - a rootsy mix of original songs and instrumentals with pure acoustic arrangements. This set adds a new exclamation mark on a career that shows no signs of slowing down. On the contrary, this creative powerhouse continues to push his musical boundaries, emerging here as both a tender folk artist alongside the tough blues artist we know. His 11th album features a slew of tunes stripped down to their essence, shining the spotlight on a Londoner’s transatlantic touring experiences and musical development, which combines Delta-hardened slide with pretty finger-picking dexterity in the Jansch-Graham tradition.

Alone in the studio with his engineer son, the album was recorded live with no overdubs in just three days. This, not-to-mention the fact that Martin wrote and played everything, produced and even did the artwork, begins to account for the honest, personal nature of the album. All this combines to draw the listener in to a simple, yet emotionally powerful musical landscape, upon which his blues and folk-fuelled narratives and tunes are painted. The album also captures the engaging vitality and humour of his one-man-band live shows, especially in the whooping solo harmonica piece. It features 12 original compositions including 3 instrumentals which spotlight the master musicianship that saw him nominated in both the Best Guitarist and Best Harmonica Player categories in this year’s British Blues Awards. Martin’s signature strong song-writing, slide/ finger-picking, rack-harmonica and expressive vocal style add a welcome new strand to the rich transatlantic dialogue dating from British musician’s first encounters with US folk blues in the 1960s

*from muddy

Monday, November 22, 2010

Professor Longhair - House Of The Blues

Styles : New Orleans Blues, Piano Blues
Released : 2010

1 - Junco Partner
2 - Meet Me Tomorrow
3 - Doin' It
4 - How Long Has That Train Been Gone
5 - Tipitina
6 - Rockin' Pneumonia
7 - Jambalaya
8 - Mean Ol' World
9 - Stag-O-Lee
10 - Mess Around
11 - Hey Now Baby
12 - (They Call Me) Doctor Professor Longhair

Pianist, composer, and singer, Professor Longhair, is one of the most important musical figures in New Orleans' rich musical legacy. Born Henry Roeland Byrd (also known as Fess) in Bogalusa, Louisiana on December 19, 1918, he became the embodiment of New Orleans rhythm and blues at his peak in the late '70s. Fess influenced countless musicians, such as Fats Domino, Dr. John, Allen Toussaint, Henry Butler, Huey "Piano" Smith, Marcia Ball, Champion Jack Dupree, Jon Cleary, the Meters, and the Neville Brothers. His unique style fused diverse elements including blues, barrelhouse boogie-woogie, rock, and gospel, which he combined with calypso, rhumba, and second-line street parade rhythms. His hybrid "rhumba-boogie" piano style, with a heavy, percussive left hand, forever changed the sound of rhythm and blues piano. Fess had a charismatic presence and unflinching soulful quality which pervades his recordings and performances. Few artists embodied his singular quality or have equaled the span of his influence on modern music.

*from azzul

CeDell Davis & Herman Alexander - Highway 61

Styles : Delta Blues
Released : 1990

1 - Herman Alexander - You Got To Move
2 - Herman Alexander - Red Dressed Baby
3 - Herman Alexander - Highway 61
4 - Herman Alexander - Boogie All Night Long
5 - Herman Alexander - Gamblin' Blues
6 - Herman Alexander - Down Home Blues
7 - Herman Alexander - Baby Please Don't Go
8 - Herman Alexander - Poor Boy Blues
9 - Herman Alexander - Catfish Blues
10 - Herman Alexander - Dog Chasing The Fox
11 - Herman Alexander - It's All Right
12 - CeDell Davis - Blues For Big Town
13 - CeDell Davis - When I Woke Up This Morning
14 - CeDell Davis - Chicken And A Hawk
15 - CeDell Davis - Sugar Mama
16 - CeDell Davis - Got To Move Down The Road
17 - CeDell Davis - Room 701
18 - CeDell Davis - 74 Is a Freight Train
19 - CeDell Davis - Hard Luck Blues

This Wolf release features field recordings made in 1990 showcasing the unique styles of bluesmen Herman Alexander and CeDell Davis. Even though he was musically active in the '50s and '60s, CeDell Davis gained national exposure in the mid-'90s through his amazing recordings on Fat Possum Records. His left-handed bottleneck style was developed after his right hand became crippled at a young age. Herman Alexander is a street singer in Memphis. His guitar and harp playing were modeled after Mississippi Fred McDowell. While he has often been heard on Beale Street, he was rarely recorded. Both of these bluesmen play highly compelling, gritty music.

Herman Alexander - Guitar, Harmonica, Vocals
CeDell Davis - Guitar, Harmonica, Vocals

*from muddy

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Sven Zetterberg - Grounded In Reality

Styles : Contemporary Blues
Released : 2010

1 - It Slipped Right Through My Hands
2 - A Memory From My Happier Years
3 - Your Love Is Contagious
4 - Slow Suicide
5 - Between So Long And Goodbye
6 - Your Heart Is Just A Frigidaire
7 - Heartaches And Strifes
8 - A Darker Side Of Me
9 - The World I Live In
10 - This Is Better
11 - A Risky Lifestyle

Album Review
Talking about blues players outside America it´s hard to leave out Sven Zetterberg, Sweden´s most versatile artist in this field. Being both an excellent singer,guitarist,songwriter and harmonica player extraordinary, he has become a house-hold name all over Scandinavia. Born in Skärblacka on the 28th of March in 1952,Sven took music seriously enough to perform in school at the age of seven. "I didn´t know any real english words and couldn´t actually play any instrument but my grandmother had bought me an acoustic guitar that I fooled around with trying to mimic Elvis Presley. The first black performer I heard was Little Richard and he almost drove me crazy with his wild, frantic singing. "In 1964 he first heard Mick Jagger play harmonica and later that year heard Sonny Boy Williamson (Rice Miller) and that got him started. "The Blues activated something in me and it still moves me". "Harmonica was my main instrument to begin with. I didn´t start playing guitar seriously until I was 24. The first bluesband , Telge Blues, was formed in 1972 and lasted long enough to make the Phillips record company interested enough to release an album in 1976. Today, many albums later, Sven hasn´t lost interest in performing or recording and two of his albums, "Blues from within" and "Let me get over it" were both nominated for a Grammy in Sweden. "Today Sven works mostly with the Rockarounds: Micke Finell: Tenor sax & Vocals, Calle Brickman: Keyboards, Tommy Cassemar: Bass, Ingemar Dunker: Drums

from azzul

Sabrina Weeks & Swing Cat Bounce - Tales From Lenny's Diner

Styles : West Coast Blues
Released : 2010

1 - Boogie Downtown
2 - Fingers In My Pocket
3 - Something's Got A Hold On Me
4 - Thinking Of You
5 - Bad Boys
6 - Detour
7 - Ain't My Time To Sing The Blues
8 - All That Love
9 - Wrath Of Mom
10 - Spend A Little Time
11 - Independent Woman

Album Review
Offering up a generous helping of the Swinging Bouncing Boogie Blues is what Sabrina Weeks & Swing Cat Bounce are all about and now with their ground breaking Debut release "Tales From Lenny's Diner", we all get to hear why this band gets such rave reviews at all their shows.

Sabrina Weeks & Swing Cat Bounce is a little city band with a big city sound and I do mean BIG. These cats can stand up against any Swinging Boogie Blues band out there today and not only hold their own, but blow the competition away.

When it comes to music leaving you with a good time feeling, "Tales From Lenny's Diner", really is the Cats Meow.

from azzul

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Arne Domnérus & Gustaf Sjokvist - Antiphone Blues

Styles : Jazz (Saxophone)
Released : 1994

1 - Almighty God
2 - Nobody Knows The Trouble I've Seen
3 - Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child
4 - Antiphone Blues
5 - Jag Vet En Dejlig Rosa
6 - Traumerei
7 - Come Sunday
8 - Heaven
9 - Entonight Klingar Den Lilla Klockan
10 - Den Signade Dag
11 - Largo

 One of Sweden's top jazz musicians, Arne Domnerus led his first group in 1942, made his earliest recordings in 1945, and led his first record sessions in 1949. An altoist who combines together Johnny Hodges and Lee Konitz and an excellent swing clarinetist, Domnerus has led combos for over 45 years and worked steadily with the Swedish Radio Band and its successors. He has made many recordings for Swedish labels, including Phontastic.

Tips of ymd5270
 One of the my colleagues, when she laugh at it like rabbits, "Jung-Hee" is a little cute woman. she's not blues or jazz enthusiast. I have several of the blues and jazz songs to listen to her, and i asked "choose the best song of you", she selected "almighty god of Arne Domnérus & Gustaf Sjokvist."
According to her, "would be nice to listen this song in the dawn." Of course this is not blues, but i'm pleased to introduce this album because Jung-Hee's selected...

Friday, October 8, 2010

Henning Pertiet & Michael Maass - Boogie & Blues - Live 2003

Styles : Piano Blues. Boogie Woogie
Released : 2003

1 - Off-Shoot-Zero
2 - Lingony
3 - Emanon Blues
4 - Confession The Blues
5 - Grab That Rhythm
6 - Grammar of the Blues
7 - Tep Dance Boogie
8 - Eddie's Blues
9 - Big Block
10 - Spring Joys
11 - Rody Poison
12 - Flower Pants
13 - Pinetop's Boogie
14 - Nu Orelans

*Original CD from sussex

Sam Chatmon - Field Recordings From Hollandale (1976-1982)

Styles : Delta Blues, Country Blues
Released : 2009
Label : Mbirafon

1 - Open Your Book, Your Daddy Got To Read With You
2 - St. Louis Blues
3 - That's All Right
4 - Stoop Down Baby, Let Your Daddy See (Complete Version)
5 - Baby Please Come Back To Me
6 - Brownskin Woman (Big Road Blues) Take 2
7 - Prowling Ground Hog
8 - Sam Chatmon Discusses Prowling Ground Hog
9 - Go Back Old Devil
10 - Sam Chatmon Discusses Go Back Old Devil
11 - Black Nights
12 - Sam Chatmon Discusses Black Nights
13 - I'm Crazy About Her Loving
14 - Last Time Shaking In The Bed With Me
15 - I Get The Blues When It Rains
16 - Good Eating Meat
17 - Sam Chatmon Discusses Good Eating Meat
18 - Let's Get Drunk Again
19 - Sam Chatmon Mentions Musicians And Producers
20 - P Stands For Push
21 - Sam Chatmon Discusses His Reluctance To Fly

Sam was born in Bolton, Mississippi, on January 10, 1899 (some sources say 1897, but his grave and his comments on The New Mississippi Sheiks album say 1899) on John Gettis's plantation near Jackson. Chatmon's family was well-known in Mississippi for their musical talents. His father Henderson Chatmon, a native of Terry, Mississippi, was an ex-slave who played the fiddle for square dances. He lived to be 105 years old and had nine sons and two daughters, all of whom seemed to have his musical ability. Chatmon's mother played the guitar.

Chatmon became interested in the guitar at the age of six, taking it down off the wall to play while his family worked in the fields and replacing it before they came home. His famous older brothers (Sam was the ninth child) Lonnie Chatmon and Bo (Armentor Chatmon) Carter performed with Walter Vinson as the Mississippi Sheiks. Sam became a member of the family's string band at a young age. The family played, according to Robert Palmer, ballads, ragtime, spirituals, popular Tin Pan Alley songs and country dance music. At the end of World War I, the Chatmon brothers formed a string band, perferring to play blues and waltzes on a regular basis for white audiences in the 1920's because it paid better. Sam also played with the Mississippi Sheiks occasionally.

In 1928 the Chatmons moved to the Delta to a town named Hollandale. The band disbanded in 1935, but in 1936 Sam and Lonnie Chatmon recorded twelve duets for Bluebird.

After the death of his brothers, Sam Chatmon became part of the New Mississippi Sheiks and played with Walter Vinson, Carl Martin, and Ted Bogan. Sam did not record during the 1940's. Instead he worked on area plantations around Hollandale. He was rediscovered in 1960 by Ken Swerilas, who talked Sam into performing again. Sam Chatmon became known primarily then as a folk blues artist. He recorded on the Arhoolie label and later with others.

Chatmon's wife was Elma Lue Chatmon. Their son later became known as Singing' Sam and was a bass guitarist who played with Elmore James.

In addition to the guitar, Sam Chatmon played the banjo, bass, mandolin, and harmonica. He toured extensively during the 60's and 70's, and played many of the largest and best-known folk festivals that included the Smithsonian Festival of American Folklife in Washington, D.C. in 1972; the Mariposa Fest in Toronto in 1974; and the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival in 1976.

Of note, Sam played with Charley Patton, whom he sometimes called his half brother. Others have stated that the two were cousins, but Anna Patton, Charley's mother, and surviving Patton relatives have disputed this relationship. It is known that Charley Patton's father was a "man of God" who believed music to be evil, so Charley often slipped out of his own house to play with the Chatmon family.

Sam Chatmon was one of the few bluesman to perform with Fingers Taylor on the Blues Caravan in the 1970's and went on tour with Jimmy Buffet. Sam Chatmon continued to perform until his death on February 2, 1983. He is buried in Hollandale, Mississippi.

*Original CD from sussex

Friday, September 24, 2010

Van Hunt - Blues At Home Vol. 1 (1976-1982)

Styles : Acoustic Memphis Blues, Piano Blues
Released : 2007
Label : Mbirafon

01 - Sweet Charlene & Mose Vinson - Sitting Here Drinking
02 - Mose Vinson - No More Dogging
03 - Van Hunt & Mose Vinson - Early In The Morning About The Break Of Day - Take 1
04 - Van Hunt & Mose Vinson - Early In The Morning About The Break Of Day - Take 2
05 - Van Hunt - Mrs. Van Hunt Discusses Early In The Morning
06 - Van Hunt - Nobody's Business But Mine
07 - Van Hunt - That's All Right
08 - Sweet Charlene & Mose Vinson - Forty Four Blues
09 - Sweet Charlene & Mose Vinson - Tin Pan Alley
10 - Van Hunt - Mississippi River Blues Take 1
11 - Van Hunt - Mrs. Van Hunt Discusses Mississippi River Blues
12 - Mose Vinson - Don't The Moon Look Lonesome
13 - Mose Vinson, Van Hunt & Ruth Ogilvie - Just A Closer Walk With Thee
14 - Mose Vinson - Untitled Blues
15 - Van Hunt & Mose Vinson - I Never Knew Just What Our Love Would Do
16 - Van Hunt & Mose Vinson - Lonesome Road Blues
17 - Van Hunt & Ruth Ogilvie - Mrs. Van Hunt And Mrs. Ruth Ogilvie Discuss Repertoire
18 - Mose Vinson - Careless Love
19 - Van Hunt & Mose Vinson - Corinna Corinna
20 - Mose Vinson - Old Blue Jumped A Rabbit Take 2
21 - Mose Vinson, Van Hunt & Ruth Ogilvie - Mose Vinson Discusses Old Blue Jumped A Rabbit
22 - Mose Vinson - Pinetop's Boogie Woogie
23 - Van Hunt & Mose Vinson - The Darktown Strutters Ball
24 - Van Hunt - Crump And Jim Kinnane
25 - Van Hunt - Mrs. Van Hunt Discusses Crump And Jim Kinnane
26 - Van Hunt - Mrs. Van Hunt Discusses Bottleneck Technique
27 - Van Hunt & Mose Vinson - Selling The Jelly Boogie
28 - Van Hunt - Troubled World
29 - Van Hunt & Mose Vinson - Sunnyland Special

 Album review of sussex
Mrs. Van Zula Carter Hunt, originally from Somersville, Tennessee, traveled with the minstrel shows in the 1920s and 1930s. She was active in Memphis until the mid-1940s.
Subtitled "Field Recordings Fom Memphis, Tennessee (1976-1982)", "Blues At Home Vol. 1" is the extraordinary demonstration of the voice of Van Hunt : she's accompanied on several cuts by the late great Mose Vinson on piano and vocals and Sweet Charlene voice.
She's a delightful singer and a fine guitarist.
The recordings are definitely "field recordings" rather than studio recordings with occasional interjections from family members. You can also occasionally make out sounds from outside (e.g., the sound of a passing car).
Van Zula Carter Hunt has been recorded for Victor Records (during the 1930s), Rca Bluebird (at the end of 1940s and early 1940s) and for Adelphi Records (1969/70) Those last recordings are included on the albums 'The Memphis Blues Again Vol.1 and Vol.2.

 Tips of ymd5270
I got this great album from sussex a few months ago, had been deep impressed. Until now, to me is the best album of the year. I desperately wanted to know for blues lovers about this great album of not famous artists. I was lacking of information about album in many ways, so would require knowledge of the blues master. Thankfully, sussex send review of this album. we meet a great album thanks to sussex.

*Original CD from sussex

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Sam Carr's Delta Jukes - Live In Europe

Styles : Delta Blues
Released : 2010
Label : Super Bird Records

1 - Shoppin' For My Baby
2 - So Doggone Blue
3 - Pretty Pretty Woman
4 - The Blues Got Me
5 - Automobile
6 - Living On Borrowed Time
7 - Better Take It Slow
8 - Playin' The Game
9 - About Money
10 - You Don't Have To Go
11 - I'm Not Your Garbage Man

Live archive release from the Blues legend, recorded at the Lucerne Blues Festival in Switzerland in 2000. Sam Carr is as close to royalty as you can get in the Blues world. He was born in Friar''s Point, Mississippi in 1926, the son of legendary Blues man Robert Nighthawk (AKA Robert Lee McCoy).

 Sam Carr cut his teeth playing with his father, then Sonny Boy Williamson before forming the Jelly Roll Kings with Frank Frost. In 1960 they recorded the classic Boss Man album for Sam Phillips, (of Sun Records fame). Their next record was produced by Elvis'' guitarist Scotty Moore and Yielded a hit with ''My Back Scratcher''.

 After Frank Frost''s death in 1996, Sam put together a new band called The Delta Jukes and these live recordings are their earliest. This is modern Mississippi Delta Blues at its finest.

 Album review of sussex
I can only tell you, about this album, i like it because the sound is real delta blues. Well done and the best his line-up of ever... no great news (but blues music isn't for news)... higly recommended to delta-blues lovers.

*Original CD from sussex

José Cruz - Lección De Vida

Styles : Modern Electric Blues, Diatonic Harp
Released : 2009

1 - Intro - Aliento De Fuego
2 - Sobre Mesones
3 - Viaje Personal
4 - Mercado De Angeles
5 - La Bacha
6 - Blues Del Missisippi
7 - Tres Dias
8 - Blues De La Esclerosis
9 - Lección de Vida
10 - Me Quede Sin Ti
11 - Blues Nocturno
12 - Tu Cama
13 - Hay Fuego En Mi Guitarra

 Album review of ymd5270
Often the blues of South America tend to ignore because language. but i think the music is not read the lyric of song but enjoy listening to the melody and rhythm. I would like to recommend Rilke or Yeats if you want good lyric. music is just a music. of course, more would be nice if the lyrics are good. but don't understand the lyrics should not undermine the essence of music. for this reason, i have this album introduces here.

 Listen to "Lección de Vida", "Blues De La Esclerosis", it will bring solace to your mind, also their honesty and solid perfomances will be satisfied with your heart as much as Rilke or Yeats's poetry.

 About José Cruz
José Cruz who come from Mexico insists on wanting to give an example that inner strength is what brings forth any adversity. Thus, their latest album is titled "Lección de Vida", a name similar to the upcoming documentary

 Cruz on three occasions he used artificial oxygen to blow his harmonica, with bent notes that such classics Blue Medicine, Geneva Kiss and Blues Shortcut.

 An independent production company opted to fill the Met with Jose Cruz, now without Real de Catorce, and jammed the streets of Mexico City with propaganda. Almost does the trick, something rarely common within the ranks of foreign music
the big record labels.

 Participants who attended wearing t-shirts, most of them pirated and sold outside of the building, the group Real de Catorce. You could tell the audience dominate the lyrics to album after album of the group, including his latest, which no longer
bears the name of the band, only the leader and creator.

 Cruz accompanied him to nine musicians, all young, members of the group Los Hikuris, which emphasizes the participation of his daughter Maria Jose in the chorus Just spent a serious crisis sclerosis, Cruz stopped playing some of the more rocker songs of his repertoire, which did not happen Friday night. With new arrangements, opened the trunk old blues acclaimed by his followers, including Crystal and Soledad Patios and Sun

 For approximately two hours bluesy leader reviewed his repertoire, though he allowed his daughter, Maria José sang several classics alone, like leaving their legacy in their bluesy tone of voice.

 The artist promised his followers to stay on stage despite the suffering, wanting to quit among those who admire him a "Lección de Vida."

Blue Stuff - Altra Gente, Altro Blues

Styles : Chicago Blues
Released : 2008

01 - Soldi
02 - I Che Cultura
03 - C'era Un Posto
04 - Krotal Trophy
05 - Sposta Il Fondo
06 - Boogie Comm
07 - Ricordi Di Blues
08 - Vico Fiorito
09 - Bella Famme 'no Quiz
10 - Smania è Partì
11 - N.O.L.A.

The Blue Stuff was born in Naples in 1982, thanks to the initiative of Mario "Blue Train" Insenga, former animator in a previous musical project that gave life to the Blue Box.

  From the beginning the band is characterized as a blues band faithfully devoted to the Chicago Style, for the first year the activity is almost exclusively live, with concerts in Italy.

 The debut album takes place in 1990 with Chicago Bound, followed by a live album.

 At the end of 1991 created the partnership with Joe Sarnataro, blues, or the alter ego of Edward Jackson, who is struck by the visceral power of composition and performance of Blue Stuff.

 Everything is expressed in 1992 in the record "E asciuto pazzo 'o padrone," the soundtrack of the music“Joe e suo nonno", focusing on the evils of Naples. The collaboration continued for the next two years, with tours that affect Switzerland, Austria and Germany, until the "gioco di finzione" Joe Sarnataro no end.

 Then the Blue Stuff are still on their way, always made the blues, which led them in 1994 to publish "L'acqua e poca" for Sony Music (in which Jackson also sings in the title track), and in 1999 "roba blues "for the Cheyenne Records, reprinting some of their previous albums.

* Original CD from sussex

1990 - Chicago Bound (ristampato nel 2007 dalla Cheyenne Records, CYR 023)
1991 - Live
1992 - E asciuto pazzo 'o padrone (Virgin VDI 135; con Edoardo Bennato; ristampato nel 2004 dalla Cheyenne Records, CYR 014)
1994 - L'acqua e poca (Sony Music; ristampato nel 2006 dalla Cheyenne Records, CYR 016)
1999 - Roba blues (Cheyenne Records, CYR 010)
2008 - ...Altra gente...Altro blues... (Cheyenne Records, CYR 025)

Blue Stuff - Roba Blues

Styles : Chicago Blues
Released : 1999

1 - Impiegato
2 - Il Blues Della Strada
3 - Appena Conosciuta
4 - E' Asciuto Pazzo 'O Padrone
5 - Pienz' a Salute
6 - Tempi Duri
7 - Citta Di Frontiera
8 - Compagno Di Strada
9 - Picchia Piu Forte
10 - L'acqua e Poca
11 - Afragola Shuffle
12 - Mo' Chi Pava
13 - E' Asciuto Pazzo 'O Padrone

Joe Sarnataro e I Blue Stuff - E' Asciuto Pazzo 'o Padrone

Styles : Chicago Blues
Released : 1992

1 - Intro
2 - E' Asciuto Pazzo 'o Padrone
3 - Sotto Viale Augusto Che Ce Sta'?
4 - 'O Billocco l'acqua!
5 - Accussì Va 'o Munno
6 - Va Vedenno Mo' Chi è Stato
7 - Vutammo Pe Te'
8 - Lieve 'e Mano Alloca!
9 - Che Babbilonia!
10 - Come Aggia Fà
11 - 'A Gente è Bona
12 - Nisciuno!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Peter Crow C. & The Weed Whackers - Evil Queen Of Diamonds

Styles : Acoustic Blues, Diatonic Harp
Released : 2010

01 - Weed Whacker's Romp
02 - Mellow Apples
03 - Evil Queen Of Diamonds
04 - You Got To Take Sick And Die One Of These Days
05 - St. James Infirmary
06 - There's A Bright Side Somewhere
07 - Big Mama's Door
08 - Nagging Blues
09 - Kokomo
10 - One Dime Blues
11 - Crying
12 - Neigborhood

After over a half decade as guitarist for the “Crazy Hambones” Peter Crow C. aka Peter Krause returns to his musical roots, the acoustic blues.

Teaming up with his old musical companions Tony Ramos (Harp, Vocals) and Dirk Vollbrecht (Stand Up Bass) ? the “Weed Whackers” - who had supported him on his prize winning album “Greedy Woman Blues”, Peter presents on the new CD “Evil Queen Of Diamonds” a mixture of ragtime, spiritual and naturally a variety of different blues styles.

The title track and an additional four of the 12 tracks are original compositions. The cover songs are a homage to the blues greats like Blind Lemon Jefferson, Muddy Waters, and Big Joe Williams, while not being played like exact copies of the originals they stand out as individual interpretations.

The vocals of Tony Ramos are also featured, which adds a special note even to a Traditional such as “St. James Infirmary”. “Evil Queen Of Diamonds“ is traditional and equally modern, and it will entertain the listener.

Keisa Brown - Keisa Brown (LP)

Styles : Urban
Released : 1985
Label : Amherst Records

1 - I've Been Lonely For So Long
2 - Ain't No Life After Love
3 - I Betcha Didn't Know That
4 - Do Ya, Do Ya, Do Ya Want Somebody
5 - I You Can Beat Me Rocking You Can Have My Chair
6 - (If you) Gimme Some Of Yours, I'll Give You Some Of Mine
7 - I Tripped On A Piece Of Your Broken Heart
8 - Refreshing Love

 About Keisa Brown
Keisa (pronounced "Key-sa") Brown was born in Mississippi. Blessed with a powerful, one-of-a-kind singing voice, she apprenticed in churches and secular venues, making a name for herself in Chicago and then Los Angeles. Unlike her "first cousin" of Southern rhythm and blues, Peggy Scott-Adams, Brown never had the good fortune to establish a longtime partnership with a producer/songwriter/mentor as Adams did with Jimmy Lewis. Brown's collaboration with Frederick Knight in the eighties was the highpoint of her career, resulting in a flurry of exceptional songs on two small labels no longer in print.

 In fact, Brown's career was in many ways the reverse of the Southern Soul artist norm. In the eighties, while most R&B musicians were idle and disenfranchised, Keisa Brown was headlining concerts throughout the nation and Europe and scoring lucrative gigs as a back-up singer with superstars like Gladys Knight, Neil Diamond, Tina Turner, Patti LaBelle, Boyz II Men and Brandy. But by the nineties, when the majority of R&B artists were coming into full flower, Brown was performing less and no longer recording.

Keisa Brown - Five on the Black Hand Side (OST)

Styles : Urban
Released : 1973

1 - Five on the Black Hand Side
2 - Kung Fu Funk / John Henry
3 - Freedom
4 - Tell Me You Love Me
5 - They Keep Comin'
6 - Gideon & Morn
7 - Black Star Barber Shop
8 - Sweet Meat
9 - Stormy & Gladys
10 - Playin' Numbers
11 - Temperance Woman
12 - Roof Top Fight
13 - Fun Lovin' Rap
14 - Mama on the Roof / Gail Reads Demands
15 - Fun Lovin' Arrives
16 - Reception Line Dance
17 - They Keep Comin'
18 - I'll Give You Love

Dick Lovejoy's Original Southside United - Vol. 1

Styles : R&B, Blues, Reggae
Released : 2010

1 - Flip Flop And Fly
2 - In The Dark
3 - Don't Lie To Me
4 - Oh What A Price #1
5 - Softly Softly #2
6 - Ain't No Love
7 - Put The Blame On Me
8 - Something On Your Mind
9 - Heart To Heart
10 - Ain't Nobody's Business
11 - Bring It On Home
12 - Love Letters
13 - Who Will Your Next Fool Be
14 - Blues Bug
15 - It Hurts Me Too
16 - Can't Get The Stuff
17 - Southside Skank - Outro

SOUTHSIDE started life as a modest four piece band recruited by Dick Lovejoy on drums, fronted by Geraint Watkins on piano and vocals, backed by guitarist Jimmy Roche together with bass player Roger Sutton. All accomplished musicians, they enjoyed a common interest in Rhythm & Blues. Although not originating from the area, all had found themselves based in South London, centred in and around Brixton. Indeed, the band took it's name from Clapham Common 'SOUTHSIDE' - not the most original name - more a reflection of the band's location and genre. The band started playing at local Pubs and clubs and quickly built a regular enthusiastic following.

After a short while, Roger Sutton was enticed away by Rolling Stone Charlie Watts to play with Rocket 88. Roger's place was filled by Ian Ellis who had just completed a Savoy Brown tour. After a while, Geraint also took time out to record and tour with Shakin' Stevens and later moved on to become an 'in demand' sideman for many other major artists. Geraint's place was filled by Diz Watson, another charismatic singer and keyboard player. Meanwhile, as the band continued to grow in popularity, a Brass section was added. Local heroes Steve Waller and Stevie Smith jammed regularly with the band. Steve Waller became a permanent addition, blending in perfectly with his superb guitar playing and outstanding vocals.

Over a period, SOUTHSIDE became a 'musicians band' that just 'had to be seen'. With a repertoire that was never highly rehearsed or arranged, SOUTHSIDE also became a band that everybody wanted to play with. With this scenario, the band met up with many good friends, some old, some new. As a result, every gig was a blast from start to finish - the music not always tight but always exciting - while reflecting a 'genuine blues' feel.

*from azzul

Dr. Will - Itching Again

Styles : General Blues
Released : 2007

1 - Gumbo French
2 - Steam Machine
3 - The Truth Is
4 - Good Times (Are Killing Me)
5 - The Ballad Of Fat Melon Willie McClinton Jr
6 - Penthouse Pauper
7 - Y' Never Stop (Do Ya?)
8 - Let Go
9 - Chalk Farm Road
10 - If You Want Me To Deliver
11 - Shuffle With My Heart
12 - Itching Again
13 - It Doesn't Snow
14 - Painting The Town
15 - Candy Man
16 - You Got Me Running

Dr. Will - Vocals, Noises
Peter Kraus - Drums
Tom Peschel - Double Bass
Ludwig Seuss - Piano
Dan Markx - Saxophone, Backing Vocals
Big Brother George, Olaf Giebe - Backing Vocals

 Album review of ymd5270
German band, this album consists of various genres of music, blues, zydeco, country, folk...etc. track 7, 10, 16, if you're blues enthusiasts would like to recommend it.
Track 10 was absolutely my kind. It's the best performance of this album!

*Original CD from sussex

Omar Izar - Música Brasileira

Styles : Chromatic Harp
Released : 2006

1 - Wave
2 - Lígia
3 - Samba Do Avião
4 - Aos Nossos Filhos
5 - Garota De Ipanema
6 - Modinha
7 - Da Cor Do Pecado
8 - Lamentos
9 - Lembra De Mim Portinho
10 - Naquele Tempo Do Portinho
11 - Espera Que O Portinho Vem Aí           
12 - Vitoriosa
13 - Romântica
14 - Três Temas De Amor

Omar Izar's a Brazilian musician who has plenty of story to tell. At 74, the harmonic of the city of Sao Paulo Avai was the subject of the documentary "Always in My Heart" from director Andrea Pasquini. The work focuses basically the career of harp player and bar that Omar has to "friends of good music."

A striking and exciting passage of the documentary is the story of Omar explaining why he stayed for nearly a decade without being present. The harmonica player decided to open a library, as expressed in the documentary, "spreading the culture of books."

The story of Omar is rich in detail and - we say - to be confused with the history of the harmonica in Brazil. After Edu da Gaita, harp player was the first Brazilian to become professional and able to live solely from the instrument. Moreover, some say that Omar was the first Brazilian harmonica player performing in a foreign country.

Speaking of foreign countries, Omar has performed in France, Portugal and seven other nations, rooting themselves for three years in the United States, where she performed in the best theaters, pubs, nightclubs, and also recorded albums for record companies and London Columbia.

Among the songs that were hits, the highlights are "A Brazilian in New York" and "Welcome to Brazil." The song "Gone" was recorded by Ed Ames, with English lyrics by Michael Vaughan. After more than 40 years, Omar Izar returned to recording.

Omar began his career alongside another great musician and, at the time, a promising talent: it was Pedrinho Mattar, who died in February 2007 and one of the greatest pianists in Brazil. Invited to perform in theaters, played together with the maestro Gao Gurgel songs difficult to perform, including "The Flight of the Beetle" by Rimsky Korsacov, "Hora Staccato" by Dinic and "Turkish March" by Mozart.

With prestige, Omar became the special guest of the most important television programs of Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, possessing, in the TV Tupi and Culture, exclusive programs. Record TV, for example, Omar participated for 40 weeks of the "Grand Union Show," a best audience at the time.

More recently he was in other major television programs, among them that of Hebe Camargo, in SBT, and "Programa do Jô" in the Globe. Well recorded a special Brazil's TV Cultura. In theater, she starred alongside comedian's Jose Vasconcelos show "The Bagpipe Who Laughs," and participated in the recording of soundtracks for films, highlighting the film's "Gimba" where, in company with the violinist Baden Powell, released O Morro "by Carlos Lyra.

In addition to presentations in major venues and busy Sao Paulo SESC presentations on the network, Omar traveled the entire country performing in theaters, bars or sharing the stage with great names of Brazilian music, as Cauby Peixoto, Lúcio Alves, Silvio Caldas , Elizeth Cardoso, among others.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Motor City Josh & The Big 3 - It's a Good Life

Styles : Modern Electric Blues
Released : 2010

1 - Let It Roll
2 - It's a Good Life
3 - It's Just Another Rainy Day
4 - All Roads
5 - Lola Jeanne
6 - Big Girl Part 1
7 - I Hung My Head
8 - Cakewalk Into Town
9 - I'm Tryin'
10 - Lucky Mutha Foya
11 - Hula Hoop Champion
12 - ATL Family 2010
13 - Pawn Shop Blues
14 - Crazy Love
15 - Big Girl Part 2

Josh is a straight up singin', guitar slingin', songwriting, crowd-pleasing Blues man. Son of a preacher man and woman, at 35 Josh has achieved incredible success and proves to be one of the most skillful yet animated Blues performers around. An absolute entertainer, Josh manages to keep everyone happy no matter what their age, race, or music taste - Everybody loves him!

 Having played all over the US and in Europe since 1989, his fan base continues to grow and grow, as do his CD sales. Josh has recorded 9 albums and sold over 100,000 copies through his website motorcityjosh and at his shows.

 Josh is popular for both his award winning - Memphis International Blues Finalist 2003 - foot stomping down-home Blues solo acoustic act, and his electrifying 'Funky Blues You Can't Refuse' 4-piece band.

 The Detroit native spent 10 years working up a MCJ frenzy in the Motor City area, then moved to Atlanta in 1999 to do the same. Based in Chicago briefly and now back in Detroit - he's at it again, doing what he does best.... making people smile, dance, laugh and request his songs again and again!

*from azzul

Geoff Bartley - Blues Beneath The Surface

Styles : Folk Blues
Released : 1994

1 - Hallelujah I Just Love Her So
2 - King Jelly's Good Morning Irene Song
3 - It'll Be Me
4 - Blues Beneath the Surface
5 - Don't Want To Know
6 - Up Here with the Moon
7 - Praying Mantis
8 - Bozos on the Road
9 - Nadine
10 - First Ride
11 - On the Run Too Long
12 - Bullfrogs on Your Mind
13 - Back in Your Arms Again
14 - Light On the Earth
15 - Who Should Know
16 - The Language of Stones
17 - Tell It Like It Is

 Blues Beneath the Surface (1984) is the first recording by Geoff Bartley. Reissued on CD in 1994 by Swallowtail Records in Minneapolis, Blues Beneath the Surface showcases Bartley’s signature touch on hot blues (Blues Beneath the Surface, Hallelujah, Nadine, Back in Your Arms Again), poignant love songs (Who Should Know, Light on the Earth, Up Here with the Moon), humor (Bozos on the Road, Bullfrogs on Your Mind), and personal explorations of the inner world with a distinct mystical edge (The Language of Stones, Tell It Like It Is).

 Several of Bartley’s songs from this project have been recorded by other artists, and the title instrumental was awarded a top prize in Performance by the 1998 Billboard Magazine Song Contest. Five bonus songs were added when the LP was reissued on CD. Production treatments ranging from solo acoustic guitar to full band and the use of some unusual instruments make this varied 17-song collection an excellent introduction to Geoff Bartley’s work.

*Original CD from sussex

Geoff Bartley - One Kind Word

Styles : Folk Blues
Released : 1998

1 - One Kind Word
2 - Welcome To The Spiral Dance
3 - Noah's Ark
4 - Natural Law
5 - Snowfall
6 - Into The Deeper Blue
7 - See That My Grave Is Kept Clean
8 - We're All Alike
9 - Cut By Wire
10 - A Letter From Prison
11 - The Wealthiest Of Men
12 - Let Falling Stars...

 Geoff Bartley is no newcomer, he's been around the singer-songwriter scene for many years, but if this release fails to bring him serious recognition there's no justice in the world. He wrote, or co-wrote, eleven of the dozen songs here, and performs them with a spirit and grace often missing in the voices of other genre artists. His voice celebrates the music. Blind Lemon Jefferson's "See That My Grave Is Kept Clean" is the only non-original.

 Bartley and Frank Coakley co-produced the release with ample accompaniment, and tracks such as "Welcome to the Spiral Dance" make you want to get up and dance. Eight musicians in addition to Bartley's multi-instrumental capability (guitar, electric guitar, harmonica, and ocarina) contribute flavor and zest to each track. A veritable choir of voices, including familiar names such as John Gorka (who co-authored "Cut by Wire" with Bartley), Jennifer Kimball, Greg Greenway, Jonatha Brooke, Catie Curtis, and Les Sampou chime in where desired. With all these forces, Bartley and Coakley resist the temptation to bury the songs in production. There's not a bad song here; most either subtly or overtly show a social consciousness. "The Wealthiest of Men" joins classics such as Utah Phillips' "All Used Up" in condemning the system that uses and then abuses working people. Like Phillips' song, Bartley tells it in the first person. He doesn't preach it, he lives it. In a more light-hearted vein, "We're All Alike" with it's almost skiffle rhythm, lists all the things we have in common, including some rather unusual things. If you can resist tapping your foot to this song, you're probably the type who can eat only one potato chip. Similarly, "Noah's Ark" retells the Biblical story in a highly poetic way as a moral lesson for present day. He concludes the recording with the inspirational "Let Falling Stars...", a reflection of life and love that leaves you with a feeling of having made an engaging and enjoyable journey with Bartley. My only complaint is a lack of booklet; there are no notes or lyrics, a pity considering the complexity of some of the songs.

Big Joe Williams - Old Saw Mill Blues (Digitally Remastered)

Styles : Delta Blues
Released : 2010

1 - So Soon I'll Be Goin' My Way Back Home
2 - Shake 'Em On Down
3 - Saturday Night Jump
4 - Jinx Blues
5 - Pick A Pickle
6 - Ramblin' And Wanderin' Blues
7 - Old Saw Mill Blues
8 - Don't The Apples Look Mellow Hangin'
9 - El Paso Blues
10 - Back Home Blues
11 - Don't You Leave Me Here
12 - Shaggy Hound Blues