Monthly Archives: January 2011

Percy Mayfield – LIVE – Winner 445

Having been the star of the amazing Handy award winning documentary video -“Percy Mayfield – Poet Laureate Of The Blues”, a “Blue Monday Party” television special, and several live radio concerts, Mark Naftalin produced this excellent document of beautiful, Percy … Continue reading

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Nicholas Payton – FROM THIS MOMENT – Verve 527 073

This record comes out swinging hard and shows the versatility of all the musicians immediately. Slowing down to a Samba on the second track Payton quickly gets you in the mood for what he has to offer on the rest … Continue reading

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Mulgrew Miller – HAND IN HAND – Novus 63153

From the first few bars of this disc, it is evident that Mulgrew Miller has released a thing of beauty to be enjoyed by anyone who likes Jazz. With all of the tunes self-penned but one, we get a chance … Continue reading

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Muddy Waters – LIVE AT MR. KELLY’S – MCA 23998

This disc captures the classic line-up of Muddy Waters’ band as they play some of the most compelling Chicago blues ever to spin its’ way out of the vaults of Chess Records. Mr. Kelly’s was one of Chicago’s high-class jazz … Continue reading

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Michael “Hawkeye” Herman – BLUES ALIVE! – Topaz OWR – 0110

Coming from Davenport, Iowa, “Hawkeye” is quite at home in the Delta or in Chicago and so is his music. On this release, the man proves he is at once a great blues singer, songwriter, guitarist, storyteller and entertainer so … Continue reading

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Melvin Taylor & The Slack Band – DIRTY POOL – Evidence 26088

With Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf and Sonny Boy Williamson II, ruling Chicago’s south side and Otis Rush, Magic Sam, Buddy Guy and Luther Allison ruling the west side, if you wanted to hear the blues all you had to do … Continue reading

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Mark Sallings and The Famous Unknowns – TALKIN’ TO MYSELF Vent 30011

From the first time I heard The Famous Unknowns around 1991 in Memphis, as the house band at B.B. King’s Club on Beale St., I could tell that Mark Sallings was a musician of the highest caliber. He can also … Continue reading

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Luther Allison – RECKLESS – ALCD 4849

Luther was one of the greatest unheralded blues legends. It was beautiful to hear him play and sing from deep down in his soul. Just before his untimely passing, Luther, having proven himself with eight Handy awards in two years, … Continue reading

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Luther Allison – HAND ME DOWN MY MOONSHINE – RUF 61413

Luther Allison was America’s best kept secret for far too many years while living in Paris, where he was appreciated by European audiences before he made his remarkable return home to claim his title of the best of the bluesmen. … Continue reading

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Lonnie Pitchford – ALL AROUND MAN – Rooster R2629

Here was a man that had all of the right qualities to entice you into his deep delta soul. With a voice and guitar style that reflected his influences, Robert Johnson and Elmore James, Lonnie Pitchford was true to his … Continue reading

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