Blues The best music site on the web there is where you can read about and listen to blues, jazz, classical music and much more. This is your ultimate music resource. Tons of albums can be found within. http://theblues-thatjazz.com/en/blues.html Wed, 29 Mar 2017 00:14:58 +0000 Joomla! 1.5 - Open Source Content Management en-gb Peppermint Harris ‎– Being Black Twice (1989) http://theblues-thatjazz.com/en/blues/2167-peppermint-harris/21364-peppermint-harris--being-black-twice-1989.html http://theblues-thatjazz.com/en/blues/2167-peppermint-harris/21364-peppermint-harris--being-black-twice-1989.html Peppermint Harris ‎– Being Black Twice (1989)

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A1 	I'll Wipe Away Your Tears 	
A2 	All For You 	
A3 	Here Come The Blues 	
A4 	I'd Rather Be Hurt 	
A5 	Sinner's Prayer 	
A6 	I'm So Lonesome 	
A7 	Cherry Red 	
B1 	Key To The Highway 	
B2 	The President's Lawyer 	
B3 	Talk About Love 	
B4 	Is There Someone Else 	
B5 	I'll Learn To Love Again 	
B6 	To Be With The One You Love 	
B7 	Fantasy

Peppermint Harris - Primary Artist, Vocals, Guitar
George Brown - Bass
Jeff Grails - Drums
Clarence Green - Guitar
Clarence Holliman - Guitar
Honeymoon Davis - Piano
Leo O'Neal - Guitar (Rhythm), Guitar (Steel)
Ted Reynolds - Piano
Teddy Reynolds – Piano

 

A curious collection of late-1950s and early-'60s recorded titles with unissued mid-'70s sides to pad things out. Oddly enough, Pep sounds the same despite the intervening years; his pleasing baritone rumbles through a set of his originals and standards like "Cherry Red" and "key to the Highway." Collections of Harris' best are not exactly plentiful, but this one isn't the place to start; seek out his Aladdin sides instead. ---Cub Koda, AllMusic Review

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administration@theblues-thatjazz.com (bluesever) Peppermint Harris Tue, 28 Mar 2017 15:41:38 +0000
Corey Harris - Zion Crossroads (2007) http://theblues-thatjazz.com/en/blues/816-coreyharris/21358-corey-harris-zion-crossroads-2007.html http://theblues-thatjazz.com/en/blues/816-coreyharris/21358-corey-harris-zion-crossroads-2007.html Corey Harris - Zion Crossroads (2007)

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01. Ark of the Covenant
02. No Peace for the Wicked
03. Heathen Rage
04. Sweatshop
05. In the Morning
06. Fire Go Come
07. Walter Rodney Intro
08. Walter Rodney
09. Afrique (Chez Moi)
10. Cleanliness
11. Plantation Town
12. You Never Know
13. Keep Your Culture

Corey Harris - Composer, Guitar, Guitar (Acoustic), Vocals, Vocals (Background)
Victor Axelrod - Shaker, Tambourine
Cheick Hamala Diabate - Vocals
Michael Goldwasser - Arranger, Cabasa, Guitar, Guitars, Melodica, Shaker, Wood Block
Kenny Kosek - Fiddle
Victor Rice - Bass, Organ
Jeff Romano - Harmonica
Houston Ross - Bass
Stephen Samuels - Bass

 

Corey Harris has spent his career digging for roots, looking for the links that bind his beloved blues with African music and other tributaries of black music, including old-time jazz and R&B. On the brilliant 2003 Mississippi to Mali, Harris took his recording equipment to the field in those two seemingly far-apart locales, and discovered they were closer than you might think. Before that, on 1999's Greens from the Garden, he found common threads between the blues of the Delta and the many variations of Americana that Louisiana has to offer. For Zion Crossroads, Harris turns his attention to reggae -- real roots reggae, not the often unrecognizable spinoffs that pass for it today. At times, Zion Crossroads is virtually indistinguishable from the righteous, spiritually motivated, Rasta-centered reggae that first emerged from Jamaica in the early '70s. Harris' songs here deal with the issues that concerned the pioneers like Bob Marley, Burning Spear, and Black Uhuru, when reggae was vital to the Rastafarian existence, not just another exotic rhythm on the dancefloor. In "Sweatshop," Harris laments the deplorable conditions under which so many still labor today: "All day on your feet just to make ends meet/So hot it burn your skin, tell you it's a grievous sin." "No Peace for the Wicked," which features Ranking Joe guesting on DJ vocals, is a song of encouragement in light of oppression, and the uptempo "Keep Your Culture" is self-explanatory, asking blacks, simply, "If not you, then who?" Harris uses standard roots reggae instrumentation for most of the album -- guitars, keyboards, horns, drums -- but one of the more interesting diversions takes place on the two-part "Walter Rodney." A tribute to the Guyanese political activist killed by a bomb while running for office in 1980, the song adds the African ngoni, played by Cheick Hamala Diabaté, tying it to Harris' African-themed recordings. And "Plantation Town" has nothing at all to do with reggae -- it's a nearly traditional country tune, complete with fiddle. It may not sound like anything else on the record, but its condemnation of slavery is very much in keeping with Harris' wakeup call for unity and harmony in a world that needs it more than ever. --- Jeff Tamarkin, AllMusic Review

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administration@theblues-thatjazz.com (bluesever) Corey Harris Mon, 27 Mar 2017 15:36:35 +0000
Invitation To The Blues (2016) CD6 http://theblues-thatjazz.com/en/blues/5659-invitation-to-the-blues/21353-invitation-to-the-blues-2016-cd6.html http://theblues-thatjazz.com/en/blues/5659-invitation-to-the-blues/21353-invitation-to-the-blues-2016-cd6.html Invitation To The Blues (2016) CD6

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51. Debbie Bond — Left Me in the Dark
52. Thomas David Gibson — Cry Alone
53. Ben Poole — The Question Why
54. Chicken Shack — Pony And Trap
55. Jeff Michaels — Neighbors
56. Nina Simone — I Love You Porgy
57. Henrik Freischlader Trio — Business Straight
58. Guido Spumante, Pepe Spumante & Junior Di Luca — Jitterbuggin'
59. Henrik Freischlader — Keep Playin'
60. Walter Trout — Got A Broken Heart

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administration@theblues-thatjazz.com (bluesever) Invitation To The Blues Sun, 26 Mar 2017 15:21:43 +0000
Ina Forsman - Ina Forsman (2016) http://theblues-thatjazz.com/en/blues/5684-ina-forsman/21347-ina-forsman-ina-forsman-2016.html http://theblues-thatjazz.com/en/blues/5684-ina-forsman/21347-ina-forsman-ina-forsman-2016.html Ina Forsman - Ina Forsman (2016)

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01. Hanging Loose [0:03:19.15]
02. Pretty Messed Up [0:03:46.26]
03. Bubbly Kisses [0:05:22.63]
04. Farewell [0:04:01.04]
05. Don't Hurt Me Now [0:04:38.21]
06. Talk To Me [0:03:40.04]
07. Now You Want Me Back [0:04:09.57]
08. Devil May Dance Tonight [0:04:51.68]
09. Before You Go Home [0:04:25.12]
10. No Room For Love [0:03:52.32]
11. I Want A Little Sugar In My Bowl [0:02:56.59]

Ina Forsman - vocals
Laura Chavez – guitar
Derek O’Brien – guitar
Nick Connolly – keyboars
Russell Jackson – bass
Tommy Taylor – drums
Helge Tallqvist – harmonica
Mark “Kaz” Kazanoff -n tenor sax
John Mills - baritone sax and flute
Al Gomez - trumpet and flugelhorn 
Aaron Kazanoff - trumpet 
Alice Spencer - backing vocals

 

It is a very special feeling to hear young artists respecting and loving music genres which are not exactly radio friendly, nowadays and putting, at the same time, so much dedication, hard work, love and passion in their works.

This is exactly the case of Ina Forsman, a very talented young singer/songwriter coming straight from the beautiful city of Helsinki in Finland. After working for few years side by side with her music mentor and one of the most respected harmonicists in the world, Helge Tallqvist, this superb Finnish artist has gradually developed an unconditional love for genres like blues, soul, R&B, jazz and swing, a love so beautifully illustrated in Forsman’s self-titled debut album.

Recorded in only one week in Texas, United States with a group of excellent studio musicians and the special support of Tallqvist himself plus the fabulous brass band The Texas Horns, Ina Forsman’s record delivers to the listener 11 music pearls, showcasing in full the beauty of her voice at 360 degrees.

If you happen to listen Forsman’s voice for the first time, you will be immediately reminded of top performers like Christina Aguilera or Amy Winehouse but Ina Forsman is much more than that. This phenomenal singer, which has penned 10 of the 11 songs of the album, shows an outstanding maturity in understanding and appreciating music in its entirety and she does so with flawless class and elegance throughout the record.

Ina Forsman’s album never falls flat or repetitive in any moment. Instead, it engages and challenges the listener to follow Forsman in every direction of her music path, doesn’t matter whether it is a 1920’s swing tune like Bubbly Kisses, a song about drunken sex or No Room For Love, a soulful R&B song in which Ina Forsman’s intense vocal delivery reaches such an outstanding level of perfection somehow unimaginable, for such a young artist.

The closing track of the album is the only cover of the Finnish artist’s self-titled record and it’s Nina Simone’s classic I Want A Little Sugar In My Bowl. Once again, Ina Forsman delivers an impeccable version of this song with the sole accompaniment of the piano, giving the listeners real shivers in the spine through her incredible vocals.

One of the highest qualities of this record, together with Forsman’s great artistry, is the purity and passion that transpires from each individual song. There is true honesty, genuinity and a great will from the Finnish singer/songwriter to show how much she cares about music and how much she gives all of herself in every different expressions of her unique music talent.

A talent that, through the years, will surely take Ina Forsman to be recognised worldwide as one of the most inspired and eclectic artists of this generation. ---– Giovanni ”Gio” Pilato, inaforsman.com

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administration@theblues-thatjazz.com (bluesever) Ina Forsman Sat, 25 Mar 2017 12:16:25 +0000
Sean Chambers - Trouble & Whiskey (2017) http://theblues-thatjazz.com/en/blues/5683-sean-chambers/21342-sean-chambers-trouble-a-whiskey-2017.html http://theblues-thatjazz.com/en/blues/5683-sean-chambers/21342-sean-chambers-trouble-a-whiskey-2017.html Sean Chambers - Trouble & Whiskey (2017)

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01. I Need Your Lovin' 03:40
02. Bottle Keeps Staring At Me 04:05
03. Trouble & Whiskey 05:06
04. Travelin North 03:40
05. Cut Off My Right Arm 04:45
06. Bullfrog Blues 04:31
07. Sweeter Than A Honey Bee 04:23
08. Handyman 05:53
09. Be Careful With A Fool 04:53
10. Gonna Groove 03:15

Sean Chambers - Guitars, Vocals
Todd Cook - Bass
Michael Hensley - Hammond B3, Piano
Kris Schnebelen – Drums

 

Florida-born Sean Chambers began his career in the Blues back in 1998 when he toured with the legendary Hubert Sumlin as his guitarist and band leader until 2003. During Sean s tenure with Mr. Sumlin, Britain s own Guitarist magazine named Chambers as One of the Top 50 blues guitarists of the last century.

On March 17th 2017, Sean Chambers will release his newest album entitled Trouble & Whiskey on the American Showplace Music label. The album is produced by Ben Elliott who has recorded classic artists such as Eric Clapton, Keith Richards, Billy Gibbons, and Leslie West among others. The core band on the album, aside from Sean on lead vocals and lead guitar, includes Michael Hensley on Hammond B3 & keyboards, Todd Cook on bass and Kris Schnebelen on drums. Special guests include Jimmy Bennett on guitar on track #8, John Ginty on Hammond B3 on track #4, and Andrei Koribanics on percussion on tracks #1 and #7.

Trouble & Whiskey marks the 6th release by Sean Chambers. The album is guitar driven and features 10 tracks, which include 7 new original Sean Chambers compositions, and 3 well chosen covers, including Bullfrog Blues by Rory Gallagher, Cut Off My Right Arm by Johnny Copeland and Be Careful With A Fool by Riley B. King/Joe Bihari. --- Editorial Reviews, amazon.com

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administration@theblues-thatjazz.com (bluesever) Sean Chambers Fri, 24 Mar 2017 16:53:24 +0000
Buster Benton ‎– Bluesbuster (1979) http://theblues-thatjazz.com/en/blues/5677-buster-benton/21336-buster-benton--bluesbuster-1979.html http://theblues-thatjazz.com/en/blues/5677-buster-benton/21336-buster-benton--bluesbuster-1979.html Buster Benton ‎– Bluesbuster (1979)

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A1 	Spider In My Stew 	
A2 	Born With The Blues 	
A3 	Sweet 94 	
A4 	Love Like I Wanna 	
A5 	Leave Me Alone 	
B1 	Sorry 	
B2 	Funny About My Money 	
B3 	Lonesome For A Dime 	
B4 	Do It In The Rain 	
B5 	Disco Blues

Bass – Nolan Struck
Drums – Ray Allison (tracks: A2 - A5, B1 - B5)
Guitar – Jimmy Johnson
Guitar [Lead] – Buster Benton
Harmonica – Carey Bell
Piano – Lafayette Leake
Saxophone [Tenor] – Ron Scott
Vocals – Buster Benton

 

Buster Benton (July 19, 1932 – January 20, 1996) was an American blues guitarist and singer, who played guitar in Willie Dixon's Blues All-Stars, and is best known for his solo rendition of the Dixon-penned song "Spider in My Stew." He was tenacious and in the latter part of his lengthy career, despite the amputation of parts of both his legs, Benton never stopped playing his own version of Chicago blues.

Dixon was credited as the songwriter of Benton's best known song, "Spider in My Stew." Released on the Shreveport-based Jewel Records label, it gave Benton a modicum of fame, and his 1974 follow-up, "Money Is the Name of the Game," helped to cement his standing. Benton's 1978 effort for Jewel's Ronn Records subsidiary (also titled Spider in My Stew) became recognized as one of the more engaging Chicago blues albums of its time.

Benton recorded three further albums on the Ichiban label, but in comparison to his work on the Ronn label, they were uncommercial. One such LP offering was 1989's, Money's The Name of The Game, produced by Gary B.B. Coleman. Benton also issued a record on the Blue Phoenix label. Benton's fortitude did not go unnoticed. He suffered from the effects of diabetes and received dialysis for the final years of his life. In addition, in 1993, part of his right leg was amputated due to poor circulation, having already lost a portion of the other some ten years previously. He soldiered on, playing his brand of the blues up to his death. However, as journalist, Tony Russell, stated in his book The Blues: From Robert Johnson to Robert Cray, Benton "never found another money spider".

Benton died in January 1996, in Chicago, from the effects of diabetes, at age 63. His work has appeared on a number of compilation albums, including Chicago Blues Festival: 1969-1986 (2001) --- smokestacklightnin.com

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administration@theblues-thatjazz.com (bluesever) Buster Benton Thu, 23 Mar 2017 15:27:37 +0000
Mason Casey - Reefer Smokin' Man (2000) http://theblues-thatjazz.com/en/blues/5675-mason-casey/21330-mason-casey-reefer-smokin-man-2000.html http://theblues-thatjazz.com/en/blues/5675-mason-casey/21330-mason-casey-reefer-smokin-man-2000.html Mason Casey - Reefer Smokin' Man (2000)

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1. Smellin' Like Whiskey. 4:44
2. Baby Come Back Home. 3:32
3. Two Trains Comin'. 3:53
4. Slow Down. 3:32
5. Out For The Takin'. 3:53
6. Goin' Back To Amsterdam (Reefer Smokin' Man). 4:46
7. I'm Ready. 4:47
8. Spaced Out. 2:19
9. Startin' Up From The Bottom. 4:21
10. She Changed The Lock. 3:46
11. Livin' In A Dream. 4:11
12. You Say You Don't Love Me. 3:26
13. Stone Cold Alone. 3:38

Mason Casey - harmonica & vocals
Zach Zunis - guitar
Kris Jefferson - bass
Steve Holley – drums

 

With Mason Casey, there are no Harmonica Blues cliches, just straight, sharp, heavy modern blues.

"I grew up in upstate New York. Worked in tree care business and then as a stone mason for twenty years. All the while practicing and learning the blues harmonica. Got first harmonica as 18th birthday present. A friend gave me the Muddy Waters record " Hard Again " and I got hooked on that funky electric harmonica sound. I saw J.Geils band in concert and said that’s the kind of rockin’ blues I want to play. I was practicing all the time.

I decided at 35 years old to get out of my home town and try to make it as a full time musician. It was very hard my first year and I was homeless for 4 months. I was sleeping in my car and at friend’s houses : it was crazy ! I got a place after a while and started getting some gigs in NYC, at Dan Lynch, Finnian’s Rainbow and Manny’s Car Wash.

Met Popa Chubby at Manny’s. He saw me playing at Finnian’s and he liked my harmonica style and my act. He let me sit in with him sometimes and I asked him if he would produce a demo CD. He did and took it to Philippe Langlois at Dixiefrog and he said "let’s make a CD" and we made "Reefer Smokin’ Man" in 2000.

I live in Holland now and play music all around Europe, and do session work when called, (the latest CD of soul legend Wilson Pickett " It’s Harder Now " and also on Don Covay’s latest CD (" Adlib ")". ---Mason, bluesweb.com

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administration@theblues-thatjazz.com (bluesever) Mason Casey Wed, 22 Mar 2017 13:54:31 +0000
Invitation To The Blues (2016) CD5 http://theblues-thatjazz.com/en/blues/5659-invitation-to-the-blues/21325-invitation-to-the-blues-2016-cd5.html http://theblues-thatjazz.com/en/blues/5659-invitation-to-the-blues/21325-invitation-to-the-blues-2016-cd5.html Invitation To The Blues (2016) CD5

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41. Tommy Z — Miracle
42. John Miles — Now That The Magic Has Gone
43. Ben Poole — I Think I Love Too Much
44. The Aynsley Dunbar Retaliation — Sleepy Town Sister
45. The Bluesbenders — Bacon Blues
46. Jocelyn & Chris Arndt — Hot
47. Tino Gonzales — Same Old Story
48. Joe Cocker — Unchain My Heart
49. Brothers Brown — Can't Outrun the Blues
50. Brad Wilson — Born Under a Bad Sign

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administration@theblues-thatjazz.com (bluesever) Invitation To The Blues Tue, 21 Mar 2017 12:56:31 +0000
Blues Boy Rawlins ‎– A-K-A "Sweet Lovin' Daddy" (1978) http://theblues-thatjazz.com/en/blues/5680-blues-boy-rawlins/21320-blues-boy-rawlins--a-k-a-qsweet-lovin-daddyq-1978.html http://theblues-thatjazz.com/en/blues/5680-blues-boy-rawlins/21320-blues-boy-rawlins--a-k-a-qsweet-lovin-daddyq-1978.html Blues Boy Rawlins ‎– A-K-A "Sweet Lovin' Daddy" (1978)

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A1 	I Got A Woman Shining My Shoe 	
A2 	Susie 	
A3 	Wake Up In The Morning 	
B1 	Baby, She Loves Me 	
B2 	I'm Leaving You Baby 	
B3 	Going Back To Alabama 	
B4 	Just Playing The Blues

Music, Vocals - Blues Boy Rawlins
Producer, Arranger – Shakey Jake Harris 

Good Time Records ‎– GTS 1002 

 

We spotlight a few interesting records today including sides by Blues Boy Rawlins, late period tracks by members of the Memphis Jug Band and a trio of sides from a fine down blues collection on the JSP label. Blues Boy Rawlins A-K-A "Sweet Lovin' Daddy" is something of a mystery man. He cut one LP which was released in 1978 on Shakey Jakes' Good Time label with Shakey backing him on harmonica. It's a strong set of gut-bucket blues and it's a shame he didn't record more. Apparently Rawlins played in the streets in L.A. There is a photo of him floating around on the internet with harmonica man William Clarke. ---sundayblues.org

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administration@theblues-thatjazz.com (bluesever) Blues Boy Rawlins Mon, 20 Mar 2017 15:49:50 +0000
The Buddaheads - Crawlin' Moon (1995) http://theblues-thatjazz.com/en/blues/1621-bb-chung-king-a-the-buddaheads/21314-the-buddaheads-crawlin-moon-1995.html http://theblues-thatjazz.com/en/blues/1621-bb-chung-king-a-the-buddaheads/21314-the-buddaheads-crawlin-moon-1995.html The Buddaheads - Crawlin' Moon (1995)

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01. Can't Keep a Hold on You — 2:35
02. Company Graveyard — 2:56
03. State of Grace — 3:11
04. Sisters Have Mercy — 4:14
05. Flood of '93 — 4:46
06. Too Little, Too Late — 3:13
07. Call Box 99 — 3:10
08. Crawlin' Moon — 4:10
09. The More I Love Her — 3:32
10. Foolish Man — 4:34
11. Howlin' at the Moon — 2:59
12. Step by Step — 3:41

 

BB’s music is a mix of roots rock with a blues base. BB has always claimed blues to be his first love, but comes from a generation that loves to rock. Their first CD “Blues Had A Baby”, was released in 1994 on RCA/BMB and received generous support from radio fans. If you have to categorize the music, it is somewhere between newer artists Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Blues Travelers. But make no mistake, BB Chung King & The Buddaheads are the original LA version!

BB keeps quite busy with the Buddaheads, but also finds time to write, record and produce music for other artists. BB has written songs for blues legends such as Lonnie Brooks, Tinsley Ellis and recently helped Ruth Brown receive a Grammy for her performance of his song “Too Little, Too Late”. Then he produced, wrote, engineered and played on B.J. Sharp’s Grammy nominated CD “Never Felt No Blues”. Her CD reached number 4 in the charts in Europe, without being issued there! --- buddaheads.com

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administration@theblues-thatjazz.com (bluesever) BB Chung King & The Buddaheads Sun, 19 Mar 2017 16:24:06 +0000