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Thursday, February 28, 2013

Steve 'Big Man' Clayton - I Like It Like That

Styles : Piano Blues
Released : 2011
Lable : Stormy Monday Records

01 - I Like It Like That !
02 - Low Down Ways
03 - Satisfyin' Baby
04 - Heartache Blues
05 - BMC Boogie Woogie
06 - A Mighty Fine Thing
07 - Medicine Man
08 - Ride That Train
09 - I Feel Like Jivin'
10 - Someday My Luck Is Gonna Change
11 - Grooooovy Boogie
12 - Why Can't We Start Again

Steve Clayton was born in Birmingham, England, on September 1st 1962.
He began to show an interest in music at the age of 10.
This prompted his parents to buy an old upright piano and they promptly shipped him off for weekly piano lessons, which he would keep up for the next 5 years.
Towards the end of his music lessons, his music teacher composed a blues for him to learn. The different tones and rhythms were something totally new to somebody learning the classics.
This new found music had an enormous  effect on him; the record collection mounted, spending all his pocket money on records by Cow Cow Davenport, Albert Ammons and Memphis Slim, to name only a few. His time was spent at the piano, trying to reproduce the sounds he was hearing.
It didn’t take long for Clayton to find his way into his first blues band after leaving school, and he would spend the next few years learning his craft in numerous local bands, being hailed as The Ivory Maradona“ and The "Big Man of Boogie Woogie".
The "Big Man" was requested to back visiting U.S. artists like Louisiana Red, Shuggy Otis and Carey Bell, he toured Europe with them, he learnt from them.
He is also the man pounding the keys on the award winning CD “He knows the blues”, by Otis Grand.
Learning to sing was a real turning point, it led him to song writing. The results of which can be heard on his highly acclaimed debut album “Can’t Stop The Boogie“, which he recorded in 1991 with his long time band “The 44’s“. This prompted the German record label Hot Fox, to send him to Chicago to record his second album “I Got A Right“, which features legends S. P. Leary and Lester “Mad Dog“ Davenport (1993). Five more recordings would follow; “I got to sing these blues“ (1999) ,  “You know what I mean“ (2000) , “Dirty Mistreater” (2004) , “Goin´ back to Birmingham” (2007) and “I Like It Like That” (2011).
The "Big Man" was honoured as best piano player by the British Blues Connection in 1995, 1997 and 1998 before leaving for the Boogie Woogie capitol of the world, Germany, where he now resides.
It didn’t take long for him to make his mark here neither, winning a south German prize as best artist for 2001.
The "Big Man" sings and plays the blues as good as you could hear anywhere in the world. He has taken the old style and put his own personal touch to it, indeed........“there is no mistaking the unique sound of Steve "Big Man" Clayton.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Robert Lee Coleman - One More Mile

Styles : Electric Blues
Released : 2012
Lable : Music Maker Records

01 - Somebody Loves Me (I Just Don't Know Who It Is)
02 - Shoe Is On The Other Foot
03 - My Life Story
04 - Four Wimmens In My Life
05 - Mama Told Me 'Don't Play Them Blues No More'
06 - Raisin' Cain
07 - Set You Free
08 - Kinfolk
09 - Country Woman
10 - Cookie Jar

Robert Lee Coleman was born in 1945 in Macon, Georgia. He has worked with Percy Sledge and James Brown. This is first album which is lacking professional production. Recorded with a full band. One More Mile, by Robert Lee Coleman. Coleman doesn't waste any time before demonstrating his tasteful guitar trade. Shoe Is On The Other Foot is asmooth slow blues track with a nice long instrumental segment. Coleman spits out a flurry of hot guitar riffs and there are also some really tasty keys playing by Danny Wilder. Right back into the shuffle groove he goes with My Life Story, a hot instrumental track. Definitely one not to miss. Four Wimmens In My Life retains the hot shuffle tempo and the band continues to demonstrate solid clean playing. Mama Told Me Don't PlayThem Blues No More is a country style blues track providing a contrasting break in tempo and showing Coleman's roots and versatility. Raisin' Cain is a funky rock style track that is likely to get you up and shakin. Coleman of course slaps out some cool riffs and the drummer, Billy Teichmiller gets to show a little spiff. Country Woman finds Coleman back in shuffle groove again. Both he and Wilder take some extended solos and the groove is solid. The recording concludes Cookie Jar, with a little acoustic number with Lance Almon Smith on guitar accompanying Coleman. Overall a very solid cd and one that I believe most blues fans will enjoy!

original CD from sussex