Coming Soon on CD from Delmark
Can't Shake This Feeling
Delmark DE 847
Lurrie Bell returns with a new CD he's telling people is his best. It showcases all the passion, depth, rawness and uniqueness that keeps Lurrie at the top of many Real Deal Chicago Blues lists. His ace working band and frequent collaborator Matthew Skoller (on harp) provide the drive and the safety net while Lurrie walks the tightrope vocally and instrumentally. Motivated by his 2013 Blues Music Award for "Song Of The Year" for the title track from Blues In My Soul (Delmark 830), Lurrrie had a hand in writing five of the thirteen tracks. "Driftin'", "One Eyed Woman", "Hold Me Tight", "Sinner's Prayer", "Do You Hear", "Born With The Blues", "Hidden Charms" and more.
Ralph Sutton / Jim Galloway
Pocketful of Dreams
Recorded live at the Montreal Bistro, Toronto here's the powerful stride pianist Ralph Sutton collaborating with Jim Galloway on soprano sax and Don Vickery on drums from three nights on January 15-17, 1997. While Sutton worked with Jack Teagarden, Bob Scobey and The World's Greatest Jazz Band he was predominantly on his own throughout his long career. Originally from Scotland Galloway emigrated to Canada in the mid-60s, became a fixture on the Toronto jazz scene and appears on many Sackville albums. Ten selections include "Blue Skies", "Baby Won't You Please Come Home", "Poor Butterfly", "If Dreams Come True", "She's Funny That Way" and more.
Bricks In My Pillow
Robert Nighthawk recorded for United on its first day of sessions and two of United's first five releases were by "Robert Nighthawk and his Nighthawks Band". He had a national hit in late '49 on Aristocrat and perhaps United had envisioned Nighthawk as its blues-singing slide guitar rival to Chess' Muddy Waters. Sales didn't pan out but to many he was the ultimate slide guitarist of the amplified blues era, one who influenced the likes of Muddy Waters, Elmore James and Earl Hooker. B.B. King cited Nighthawk as one of his "Ten Favorite Guitarists" in "Guitar Player" magazine. Today, more than 30 years after his death, Nighthawk is ranked among the greats in blues history.
"We like our blues with a dose of funk, soul and all other kind of stuff", says Omar Coleman. Eventually these supposedly separate genres run into each other especially with the new generation of blues artists taking over. Even though it was only available for the second half of the year Omar's Delmark debut Born & Raised was #15 on Living Blues magazine's top radio albums of the year. In the LB review of the album Roger Gatch said "The album bears the mark of an artist who is appropriately confident in his abilities as a singer, harmonica player and songwriter and who is steeped in the classic blues sounds of his home city yet unafraid to take them in a more contemporary direction. It is a pleasure to hear how his sound continues to mature and evolve." Live contains 10 songs recorded live at Rosa's Lounge.
NOW BACK ON LP!!! Blues Hit Big Town contains the historic first recordings of Junior Wells. Junior was still a teenager at the time of the first session and between sessions replaced Little Walter in the Muddy Waters band. In a DownBeat review Pete Welding said "In their power, directness, unerring taste and utter consistency of mood, these may well be the most perfectly distilled examples of Wells' music ever recorded, taking their place alongside of those of Waters, Walter, Wolf and other masters of the period. Five stars." Blues Hit Big Town captures genius emerging from one of the greatest blues personalities and harmonica players of all time.
"The musicianship of Jim Galloway, Ralph Sutton, Milt Hinton and Gus Johnson during these 1988 sessions is a joy throughout ... although they chose tunes affiliated with Armstrong, they avoided many of the obvious choices, and included material from different periods throughout his long career. Galloway, who is mostly heard on soprano sax, shines in less commonly recorded compositions such as 'Song of the Islands' and 'You Rascal You' ... Sutton easily switches between utilizing a very light touch and powering the band with his style of driving stride piano that can be mistaken for no one else's ... Milt Hinton was one of the first call bassists for decades for many reasons, his thoughtful accompaniment always sounded fresh and his solos are a joy. Gus Johnson, a very dependable drummer, provides just the right touch on every track." (4 stars) - Ken Dryden, allmusic
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