Dave Specter & Lenny Lynn – Blues Spoken Here
Delmark DE 721 (1998)
Guitarist Dave Specter has always had good singers with him on his Delmark albums and Blues Spoken Here introduces Lenny Lynn. Similar to a previous Specter cohort Barkin’ Bill, Lynn has been influenced by Joe Williams (the one who sang with Count Basie) and Brook Benton. Their voices all have that deep, warm sound and Lenny also has that jazz sensibility apparent on the tracks “Listen Here” and “Moanin'”. With four albums of his own, tenor saxophonist Eric Alexander is Delmark’s most popular jazz artist. He’s featured here on four tracks and knows Lenny from his early days of professional playing — Lenny actually gave Eric his first gig! This one is hot off the presses; both the studio performances and the two live tracks from Buddy Guy’s Legends blues club were recorded the last week of January, ’98.