Thursday, November 20, 2014
Posted by Ali Sleeq at 12:53 PM
Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Today, the classic 1970 album Southside Blues Jam by Junior Wells will be re-released with an expanded tracklist. I wrote a previous post about a song on that album which you can read [here].
The excerpt about this release from Delmark Records:
The follow up to Hoodoo Man Blues (DMK 612), this classic Chicago blues album is now re-issued in an expanded digipak Deluxe Edition containing unissued performances and a 16-page booklet with many never-before-seen photos. The Godfather of Blues, Junior Wells is accompanied by Buddy Guy and Louis Myers, guitar; Otis Spann, piano; Earnest Johnson, bass; Fred below, drums. Recorded December 30, 1969 and January 8, 1970, the five extra performances include Rock Me Baby, an alternate take of I Could Have Had Religion, Junior's In Charge, an eight-minute improvisational studio jam with lots of Otis Spann, and more, 73 minutes. With new notes by producer Bob Koester. A must for blues lovers.
And indeed it is a must!
Here's another track from the album, 'Stop Breaking Down':
Posted by Ali Sleeq at 11:16 AM
Monday, November 17, 2014
Vinyl record sales are on an increase; it's retro appeal among hipsters, vintage enthusiasts, audiophiles, collectors, and an older generation reminded of it's simpler past are among the reasons for this. Audiophiles swear by the sound of vinyl as being 'pure' sounding compared to digital and CD formats; teens wanna look cool with records... it's the hip thing these days.
Well I got a few blues records for my birthday in September, but I had no record player. Until yesterday that is!
|Say hello to my little friend.|
Thanks to my friend Amin (a talented musician in his own right), I purchased his Numark portable record player... this little-player-that-could is a great starting point for a new collector; I've only got a few records now... but thanks to eBay and me being a compulsive collector... I expect my record collection to grow significantly in a short period of time.
|Vintage Muddy Waters records in mint condition|
|Electric Mud record... psychedelic blues at it's finest.|
Posted by Ali Sleeq at 1:01 PM
Wednesday, November 12, 2014
This was a great get together for the blues; imagine some of the blues legends gathered alongside for a jam...
In 1969, Bluestime Records released an album of it's latest roster called Super Black Blues... gathering guitar legend T-Bone Walker, pianist extraordinaire Otis Spann, the blues boss vocalist Joe Turner, and harmonica pillar George 'Harmonica' Smith into the studio and released a 4 track, loose and extended jam session.
The results, alongside bassist Ron Brown, drummer Paul Humphrey, sax player Ernie Watts, and guitarist/arranger Arthur Wright, kick serious ass. Everyone is cool as ice... deepest of the blues.
Here's 'Jot's Blues' from that classic album:
Posted by Ali Sleeq at 12:47 PM
Tuesday, November 11, 2014
Every musician considers his instruments his family; and now that I moved to my new apartment, the family is now settled in the man cave.
From left to right (all Fender): and excuse the shitty phone picture :)
DC-10 acoustic, Jaguar Bass, US Precision Bass, Mexican Telecaster, US Precision Bass, Custom Japanese Precision Bass.
Posted by Ali Sleeq at 10:48 AM
Monday, November 10, 2014
Sonny Boy Williamson II (stressing the II, because there already was another older Sonny Boy Williamson who isn't related) was a highly influential harp player from Mississippi.
His reached his music peak in the 50's and 60's in Chicago, releasing many recordings as a solo artist as well as a prolific session player.
In the mid 60's he took part of the highly successful American Folk Blues Festivals in Europe right before his death in 1965.
Below is one of the videos from the festival called 'Keep It To Youself'; he was known to be quite eccentric!
Posted by Ali Sleeq at 12:15 PM
Sunday, November 9, 2014
I always watch the Billboard blues charts for new blues music; and am I glad I found these guys!
Grinder Blues is a new band comprised of King X's dUg Pinnick and the Emmy award winning roots music band The Bihlman Brothers. The trio’s high-energy performances and heavy hitting sound is a fresh, contemporary spin on the blues.
The Grinder Blues self-titled new album debuted at number 8 on the Blues charts and has a feel of both blues-rock and Louisiana swamp blues at once; the video below is for the first single 'Burn The Bridge'. The song is drop-tuned to low C which gives it the heavy sound.
Support new blues music where you can!
Posted by Ali Sleeq at 2:54 PM
Monday, November 3, 2014
In 1936, Roosevelt Sykes released 'Driving Wheel Blues' under the Decca label. This 12 bar blues features himself singing over a piano.
Since then it has become a blues standard, covered by many artists such as:
PAUL BUTTERFIELD BLUES BAND
Posted by Ali Sleeq at 11:50 AM
Sunday, November 2, 2014
The Foo Fighters new album Sonic Highways will be released on Nov. 10; however there is an ongoing documentary series on HBO right now called Foo Fighters Sonic Highways which features interviews and history information from various cities in America from where the album was recorded. The first episode was in Chicago and features an interview with Blues great Buddy Guy, as well as talking about the blues era or the 50's and 60's as well as the rock scene of the 70's and 80's.
It's a great documentary for the Fighters fans and for music fans in general; check out the Buddy Guy interview below:
Posted by Ali Sleeq at 3:21 PM
Monday, October 27, 2014
|From Paste Magazine|
Paste Magazine has published an article showcasing selected jazz album cover art that they consider to be the best. They show how early artists had a lot more creativity since they did stuff without a computer to aid them.
If you are into design, art, or jazz music then this is for you! And now that I saw the 'Relaxin' with The Miles Davis Quintet' album on there I might as well put that record on and browse more art!
Posted by Ali Sleeq at 10:55 AM