ZZ TOP: Dalís of the Delta

Michael Hann: They have put buffalo on hydraulic lifts, made crack-rap cover versions and taken part in Dada-inspired art projects. ZZ Top are the veteran absurdists of 12-bar blues. “We thought: ‘Let’s have a stage the shape of Texas.'” In dark glasses, 10-gallon hat, cowboy boots and – of course – long beard, ZZ Top’s bassist Dusty Hill […]

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Henry Gray – How Could You Do It

Henry Gray was raised outside of Batton Rouge, Louisiana but made his mark on blues music history from 1946 through 1969 when he was one of Chicago’s most respected old-school blues pianists. A longtime member of Howlin’ Wolf’s band, Gray also recorded or performed with Jimmy Rogers, Little Walter, Jimmy Reed, Bo Diddley, Muddy Waters, […]

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JOHN MAYALL: Can you suggest 3 vinyl releases to give me a varied taster?

Hmm. Interesting. JM’s music, although generally categorized as Blues is within that genre pretty variable in terms of interpretation. To me, some of his stuff verges into jazz areas I don’t particularly like. I’m pretty much a novice here myself incidentally. However here are the 3 which I really like: The Turning Point (1969) Bluesbreakers […]

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Paul Butterfield Blues Band (Vinyl 180g LP)

When you count out the original Blues men from the United States, the Paul Butterfield Blues Band is arguably the finest example of raw Blues essence. With white harmonica player Butterfield at the center, the racially integrated group started as one of the first authentic and genuine British Blues combos. They were the real deal […]

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MUSIC WORTH RESURRECTING: James Cotton

At his high-energy, 1970s peak as a bandleader, James Cotton was a bouncing, sweaty, whirling dervish of a bluesman, roaring his vocals and all but sucking the reeds right out of his defenseless little harmonicas with his prodigious lung power. Due to throat problems, Cotton’s vocals are no longer what they used to be, but […]

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Make It Your Sound Make It Your Scene – Vanguard Records And The 1960s Musical Revolution

4 CD box stuffed with blues, folk and songs that shaped an era… When New Yorkers Seymour and Maynard Solomon founded Vanguard Records in 1950 they surely didn’t suspect just how influential their creation would be in shaping the music and ideals of the post-war generation. The brothers were classical buffs focussed on the past […]

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BUDDY GUY: Rhythm and Blues (2CD)

We are told; Buddy Guy will followup his Grammy winning 2010 album Living Proof with Rhythm and Blues, out July 30 on RCA. The two-disc set is produced by Tom Hambridge and includes guest appearances by Kid Rock, Keith Urban, Gary Clark Jr, Beth Hart and Steven Tyler, Joe Perry and Brad Whitford of Aerosmith. […]

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THE ROBERT CRAY BAND: In My Soul (CD)

We are told: Robert Cray has won 5 Grammys and sold millions of records worldwide 13 UK dates and touring throughout May. Robert Cray is inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame Rock blues icon Robert Cray is considered “one of the greatest guitarists of his generation”   Legendary guitar musician and singer-songwriter Robert Cray […]

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Muddy Waters – In Concert 1976 (DVD)

Muddy Waters fans will welcome this live show of excellent performances, recorded in 1976 for television in Europe. His stellar band features Pinetop Perkins, Luther Johnson, Jerry Portnoy and more. The DVD contains classic songs such as “Hoochie Coochie Man,” “Baby Please Don’t Go,” “Kansas City,” and many more. 42 minutes. Intro-After Hours Soon Forgotten […]

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Editor Neil McCauley: Today I’m listening to Van Morrison ‘Pay The Devil’

Meanwhile ……. “His vocal digs into the lyrics and sets it in the blanket of the deceptively loose barroom-styled accompaniment. The set closes with a deeply emotional read of Rodney Crowell’s “Till I Gain Control Again.” Paul Godden’s lonesome dobro is the engine that guides it emotionally. Bob Loveday’s violins add painterly touches to the […]

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TAJ MAHAL: The Hidden Treasures of Taj Mahal 1969-1973 (2CD)

We are told: Legacy Recordings UK & Sony CMG are celebrating the groundbreaking and unique Taj Mahal with a major catalog reissue project beginning with the release of the newly-curated The Hidden Treasures of Taj Mahal 1969-1973, an extraordinary two-disc collection of previously unreleased studio and live performances. A two-disc sonic portrait chronicling the early […]

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ALLMAN BROTHERS: Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, NY 30th December 1979 WLIR – FM Broadcast (Limited Ed/300 Clear Vinyl 3LP)

We are told: Stricktly limited to 300 copies.  Clear vinyl 3LP.  The band had split during the narcotic mayhem of the 41 date 75/76 tour, where Gregg testified in the trial of security man to the Allmans Scooter Herring resulting in the latter’s 75 year prison sentence. Leavell, Williams and Jaimoe continued with Sea Level, […]

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TASTE: The Irish rock/blues band formed in the mid sixties that featured Rory Gallagher on guitar and vocals:I’ll Remember (4CD Box Set)

We are told: I’ll Remember, an archival box set featuring the music of Taste, the Irish rock/blues band formed in the mid sixties that featured Rory Gallagher on guitar and vocals. The four disc set will feature both studio albums (1969′s Taste and the 1970 follow-up On The Boards) expanded with many alternate versions of album tracks. The third CD is full of live audio from 1970 culled […]

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NINA SIMONE: In the spotlight at Sundance Film Festival

What Happened, Miss Simone?, documentary about the jazz singer, opens the 2015 Sundance Film Festival Please click HERE to continue ===//=== Hi. I’m Tony Andrews and I am Contributing Editor / Jazz here. I hope you found the above interesting. If you want anything jazz-related published here (free of charge) then please email me at […]

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