To guests from Japan

私と私の友人sussexは日本の友達とのアルバムを交換したいと思う。
日本で発売されたBlues Albumを所蔵している人たちの多くのご連絡ください。
このブログに紹介されたアルバム以外にも多くのことを分けることがある。

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

 Discography
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

 Personnel
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



Buddy Blue - Sordid Lives


Styles : Jazz Blues, Swing, Jump Blues
Released : 2003

01 - Upsettin' Me
02 - Conversation With the Bottle
03 - Horn Rims
04 - Jesse's Back in Town
05 - Uptown at Minton's
06 - St. James Infirmary
07 - Monk Side Story
08 - Nobody
09 - Baby's Got the Blues
10 - Blues in the Night
11 - Pray for Rain
12 - Slim Jam
13 - Wretch's Lament


 Buddy Blue'sfirst all-jazz album, "Sordid Lives" is a hip, subterranean journey back to a time before jazz had any unfortunate adjectives such as "smooth," "acid" or "fusion" attached to it. From the beat poetry of "Conversation With The Bottle" to the cool thrum of "Horn Rims;" from the mania of "Saint James Infirmary" to the atonal astonishment of "Uptown At Minton's," Blue pays homage to jazz roots with all the passion, style and irreverence that fans have come to expect of him. Includes both new material and jazz re-arrangements of many of Blue's best-known tunes.

  Discography
* Sordid Lives - Buddy Blue
(Bizarre Planet Records, 2003)
* Pretend It's Okay - Buddy Blue
(Clarence Records, 2001)
* Dipsomania - Buddy Blue
(Clarence Records, 1999)
* Greasy Jass - Buddy Blue
(Clarence Records, 1997)
* Dive Bar Casanovas - The Buddy Blue Band
(Bizarre/Planet Records, 1994)
* Guttersnipes 'N' Zealots - Buddy Blue
(Rhino/RNA Records, 1991)

Buddy Blue - Greasy Jazz


Styles : Jazz Blues, Jump Blues
Released : 1997

1 - Hi 5n White Boy
2 - Mucus Man
3 - Slim Jam
4 - Horn Rims
5 - Drunk Again
6 - Blues in the Night
7 - Pray for Rain
8 - Jumpin' at Pete's Place
9 - Ball Tonight
10 - Conversation with the Bottle
11 - Minor Buzz
12 - Headed Uptown
13 - Wretch's Lament


 Buddy Blue was born in Syracuse, NY at the end of 1957 and moved to San Diego at age 16. He started picking a little guitar and soon found himself playing Deep Purple and Black Sabbath covers in a cheesy garage band called Carnage. After high school, Buddy apprenticed with Texas bluesman Tomcat Courtney, who showed him how to play greasy Negro music and also how to fry a mean catfish. In 1980, Blue formed his first real band, The Rockin’ Roulettes, who played everything from rockabilly to blues to soul music. They played the San Diego club scene for a couple years until Blue became a founding member of the Beat Farmers in 1983. He hung with the Farmers through three albums and toured the universe with them until he left in ‘86 to form an R&B-driven group of native Noo Yawkers, The Jacks. The Jacks released an album on Rounder in 1988, but Blue was feelin’ burned out so he retired from music for a couple years. He re-surfaced in ‘91 with his first solo album, "Guttersnipes ‘n’ Zealots," which had such happenin’ guest stars as Dave Alvin, Merrill Moore, Richard Berry and Mojo Nixon. The album was also Blue’s first experiment with vintage jump and jazz. In ‘94, Blue began an association with infamous manager-to-the-stars Herbie Cohen’s Bizarre/Planet Records. Bizarre released Blue’s first full-on jump blues record, "Dive Bar Casanovas," and also put him to work as a songwriter, producer, A&R hack and session musician for such labelmates as Screamin’ Jay Hawkins, the Rugburns, Joy Eden Harrison and Earl Thomas. After not getting paid very much money from any of the labels he’d worked with, Blue started his own label, Clarence Records, in 1997. He’s since recorded three CDs for Clarence, with such guest stars as Alvin, Judy Henske, Craig Doerge, Billy Zoom, Billy Bacon, Chris Gaffney, Lee Rocker, Freddie Brooks and Romy Kaye in tow. Under his real name, Buddy Seigal, Blue is also a music columnist for such publications as OC Weekly, Relix magazine, The San Diego Union Tribune and the San Jose Mercury News. Buddy’s hobbies include collecting 78s and vintage talking machines (e-mail if you have anything for sale or trade!); drinking cheap whiskey at Pete’s Place with other depressing losers; watching and betting on professional boxing and training his faithful Rat Terrier, Moe, to fart on command.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Odell 'Bluesman' Maxwell - Florida Boy


Styles : Delta Blues
Released : 2010

1 - Florida Boy
2 - Boogie Everywhere
3 - Black Woman
4 - Tell Me Baby
5 - Blind Pig
6 - Gettin' Happy
7 - Good Time Woman
8 - Bluesman Odell
9 - Bring Her Back
10 - Everybody Gets The Blues
                                                                                                                         
Odell Maxwell is an accomplished blues artist whose riffs and runs evoke memories of the Mississippi delta.

 He was born in Florida and grew up listening to the artists who came to perform at his father's juke joint. Although steeped in the blues tradition Odell didn't start to perform on stage until he was 36. He used a guitar and amp he had purchased at a pawn shop.

 Odell's first band was the Neighborhood Blues Band, composed of musicians culled from the weekly jams he had on a makeshift stage in his Orlando FL back yard. His current band is Odell and the Maxwells and they perform a mix of Delta blues favorites and his own original compositions. His first recording was made last year in the basement of a friend's house. This second recording contains all original compositions and is again decated to his father Gus Maxwell.

*Original CD from sussex

Jean-Jacques Milteau, Manu Galvin, Demi Evans - Pacific Blue `


Styles : Diatonic Harp
Released : 2005

1 - Ode to Bilie Joe
2 - Watermelon Man
3 - Soft Rain
4 - Soweto
5 - Bad Love Interview
6 - At Last On Time
7 - Stormy Monday
8 - Same Kind Of Pressure
9 - Love & Misery
10 - Chain Of Fools (Bonus Track)
                                                                                                                                            
 Jean-Jacques Milteau' is a Parisian harmonica player, singer, songwriter and blues, perhaps the greatest harmonica player of French history, considered by many to be the pope of the blues. Born in Paris, near Porte D'Italie, became interested in the harmonica when he heard the first time in 60 years, and the folk music of Bob Dylan and the Rolling Stones, but missed out this time by leading rock and was turning for the most ancestral rhythm. He accompanied several French singers of different styles, such as Yves Montand and Charles Aznavour. In 1989 she recorded her first album, 'Blues Harp' and toured the world always accompanied by his faithful sidekick, guitarist Manu Galvin and distinguished guests of the blues. Since then, he accompanied blues Yankee beasts, as Mighty Mo Rodgers, Little Milton and Mighty Sam McClain.

 Milteau is a curious case in which the blues thrives far from its most fertile land, the southern U.S.. His passion for the blues harmonica and took him to Memphis in 2001 where he recorded the eponymous album with Little Milton and Mighty Sam McClain. In his next work, '3rd Blue', recorded in 2003, was attended by Gil Scott-Heron, Terry Callier, N'Dambi and Howard Johnson, and the most worthy companies and tuba player Howard Johnson Dean activist Gil Scott-Heron, the fabulous author of "Revolution Will Not Be Televised ', the anthem of the '60s counterculture. The blues Milteau now sounds nostalgic and lonely, sometimes emerges alive and infectious, with its fantastic harmonica solo. Milteau is today one of the most renowned musicians on this instrument, with extensive technical work are published on it. Jean-Jacques Milteau has proved that the blues, despite being born black American, it can be played with enormous talent and property, by a French and white.

 Album review of ymd5270
Let listen this album if you're a real harp fans.
Manu Galvin's concise and lively play guitar, like water flowing J.J.'s harp performances...
 You can realize why J.J. known as "the Paganini of the harmonica community" and "blues Enstein".
There are need no more comments. Flawless!!!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Bob Hall - At the Window


Styles : Piano Blues, Boogie Woogie
Released : 1993

1 - Detroit Rocks
2 - AllI Got Is You
3 - Beehive Blues
4 - Mr Freddie Blues
5 - How Long Blues
6 - She's Gone
7 - Axel's Wheel
8 - Going Down Slow
9 - Red River Boogie
10 - Gone Fishing
11 - Somebody Watching Me
12 - Blues Before Sunrise                                                                                 
13 - At The Window

 Bob Hall
Critically acknowledged as Britain finest blues and boogie pianist, Bob Hall's distinctive and original piano style has influenced generations of piano players and left a lasting legacy. He first came to fame in the rhythm & blues explosion of the sixties, as a founder member of The Groundhogs and later Savoy Brown. Other blues stars he played and recorded with at that time included Alexis Korner, Peter Green (in the Sunflower Blues Band) and Spencer Davis.

 Whilst many of his contemporaries went on to international fame, Bob preferred to stay at home in London, pursuing his passion for the blues and acting as accompanist to a host of touring bluesmen including:
John Lee Hooker, Howlin? Wolf, Little Walter, Jimmy Witherspoon, Chuck Berry, Homesick James, Lightnin? Slim, Lowell Fulsom, Charlie Musselwhite, Snooky Prior, J B Hutto, Lazy Lester, Baby Boy Warren, Eddie Burns, Eddie Taylor, Big John Wrencher, Mickey Baker, Cousin Joe Pleasants, Sonny Terry and Eddie Clearwater.

 Bob subsequently led head-lining bands Tramp and Rocket 88, whose sidemen included Jack Bruce of Cream, Charlie Watts of The Rolling Stones and Mick Fleetwood and Danny Kirwan of Fleetwood Mac. From 1979 he has been a regular featured guest with The Blues Band, an all star line-up including Paul Jones, Dave Kelly, Tom McGuinness, Gary Fletcher and Rob Townsend. In 1991 and 1993 he won the British Blues Connection Instrumentalist of the Year award.

 As an acknowledged authority on blues and boogie woogie piano, Bob has contributed to a number of magazines and books and is the sleeve-note writer for Yazoo Records piano blues series. He also worked on the piano sections of The Routledge Encyclopaedia of the Blues.

 Album Review
Bob’s first solo album, “At The Window” on Lake Records, received universal critical acclaim, and has now been re-issued in 2003, with five live bonus tracks.
 Surely the finest of the blues and boogie woogie. There is just a whole heap of good feeling about this album that makes you feel good

The Hudson River Rats - Get It While You Can


Styles : Diatonic Harp (Soul Blues/Funk)
Released : 2003

1 - Back To Lousiana (Intro)
2 - You Better Watch Yourself
3 - Don't Knock It
4 - Astronaut Lover
5 - Get It While You Can
6 - Mickey Mouse Boardinghouse
7 - Ain't Nobody Home
8 - Until You Come Back to Me
9 - Drowning On Dry Land
10 - Down Along The Cove
11 - Back To Louisiana (Reprise)

 Rob Paparozzi
New Jersey-based frontman, singer, & harmonica player Rob Paparozzi has been a blues performer since 1967. But Rob is far from being strictly a blues musician. In fact, he's at home playing a wide range of music, ranging from rock to blues to jazz to pop. This versatility is reflected in the long and remarkably diverse list of major artists Rob has worked with, including B.B.King, Dr. John, Bruce Springsteen, Whitney Houston, Carole King, Roberta Flack, Culture Club, Cyndi Lauper, Randy Newman, Jimmy McGriff, and James Galway.

 Rob had been touring the world with the original Blues Brothers Band, featuring guitar legend Steve Cropper and special guest Eddie Floyd 2000-2007. Since 2005 to present Rob is Frontman-Singer for the Legendary "Blood Sweat and Tears"

 Rob's own band The Hudson River Rats features Ed Alstrom, John Korba, Chris Eminizer, Bernard Purdie, George Naha and Bailey Gee. The shows are Local in NY-NJ as well as International, Europe & Asia. In 2008 Rob worked on his debut CD which features many varied styles and special guests. In 2009 the CD has been getting lots of airplay worldwide and terrific acclaim in the press. Special thanks to Bob Putignano, Gary Walker, Michael Bourne and Rich Skelly for having Rob on their radio shows in 2009 WBGO, WFDU, WRSU and Roxy Perry on KCOR.

 Presently, Rob is Singing and Fronting the legendary Jazz-Rock band: BLOOD SWEAT & TEARS replacing their last singer David Clayton Thomas. Rob is also a HARMONICA player and is top demand in NYC for recording sessions on both Blues Harp and Chromatic Harmonica too!

 Album review
Bernard Purdie is no stranger to gritty, down-home funk and soul, and his collaboration with the R&B outfit Hudson River Rats on GET IT WHILE YOU CAN contains plenty of both. Jams like "You'd Better Watch Yourself" traffic in classic blues, while "Astronaut Lover" sounds like Professor Longhair dressed up and ready for a night on the town. Stax/Volt-style horn charts, swirling Hammond organ, soulful, gritty vocals, and Purdie's in-the-pocket grooves make GET IT WHILE YOU CAN as satisfying as a rack of ribs.

 Bernard "Pretty" Purdie: George Naha (guitar); Tim Tindall (bass guitar); Bernard "Pretty" Purdie (drums); John Korba, Rob Paparozzi (background vocals).

 Additional personnel: Rats (vocals); Jack Bashkow (alto saxophone); Chris Eminizer (tenor saxophone); Jim Hynes (trumpet); Birch Johnson (trombone); Bailey Gee (bass guitar); Ed Alstrom (background vocals).

 Album review of ymd5270
I think this is the top album of the Hudson River Rats. Listen to no. 1, 5, 11 traks, you can hear Rob's soulful voice, also can enjoy great harp perfomances from the song "Until You Come Back To Me". Do you want more rhythmical "Until You Come Back To Me"?.  then, listen to Chaka Khan's song from her's album "North Sea Jazz Festival 2002".
 Especially, i recommend the song "Shame, Shame, Shame" from his album "First Take (2007) if you like diatonic funk harp!!

Henning Pertiet & Andreas Bock - The Fabulous Boogie


Styles : Piano Blues, Boogie Woogie
Released : 2009

1 - The Fabulous Boogie
2 - Sierksdorf
3 - Tavor Lavor
4 - Major E
5 - Jueterboogie
6 - It Was A Perfect Plan
7 - Ridin' Home
8 - Abdullah's Blues
9 - Royal Stew
10 - DD & The Vegetable Cake
11 - Little Conny In The Saladfield
12 - Taranaki
13 - Riffin' Boogie
14 - Rocky
15 - BB's Boogie
16 - Boogie In The Shack
17 - Cow Cow Boogie

Henning Pertiet (Piano)

Henning Pertiet, who was born in 1965 in Hamburg is today one of the most expressive Blues-Pianists in Europe.
At the age of 23 he discovered the Boogie-Piano for himself: It was a record of Axel Zwingenberger that carried him off his feet, so he did everything to become a Boogie-Pianist himself.

With contact to the Hamburg music scene and the local artists Axel Zwingenberger, Jo Bohnsack, Joja Wendt and Gottfried Bttger (who is one of his uncles by the way!) he had the best framework to learn the basics of this music directly from the people he admired.

Very soon his fingers did what he wanted and many concerts all over Germany followed.
Henning either played piano solo or with drum and vocals.

Henning Pertiet becomes pianist of the Mojo Blues Band

By recommendation of Axel Zwingenberger Henning joined the Mojo Blues Band from Vienna in 1993.
It is one of the best and most well known authentic blues bands of Europe. In the summer of the same year he became an integral part of this formation and he started touring Europe for 4 years as a band piano player.
During this period the Mojo Blues band recorded two CDs (live and studio published by EMI Austria) on which Henning not only proved to be a sensitive accompanist but also had a strong influence on the band with his boogie style.


Andreas Bock (Bluesdrumming)

For many years now Andreas sits at his beautiful Ludwig drums and guarantees the perfect rhythm, the groove and lots of good humor and enthusiasm.
Focus is the blues in its wide facet.
Whether Chicago or West Coast Style, New Orleans, Jumpblues and the era of rhythm & blues to rock 'n' roll and the powerful beat of the T-Birds: the attention to detail and style make the heart of every lover of this music beat.

His experience and filigree is reflected in over 30 - years of stage experience. In the approximately 2000 gigs all over Europe at all national and internationally recognized blues and jazz festivals and various tours with renowned German and American artists, he was able to demonstrate his skills.

More of the tape player as the soloist, it is just his trademark
to support dynamically aggressive and yet sensitive and perfect professional colleagues at his side and to regard the music as a great work in which every musician is a part of the whole.

Experience the diversity of the Bluesdrumming at a concert with this sympathetic drummer!