Willie Kent – Make Room For The Blues
Delmark DE 723 (1998)
Willie Kent won the W.C. Handy award two years consecutively for Bass Player of The Year. He has played with almost every important blues artist in Chicago -too numerous to mention- since the ’50s. This is his fourth Delmark CD and it captures Kent’s full-blown stage presence. We really get the all-out singing that defines Willie Kent as blues artist. The guitarists are Billy Flynn, Willie Davis and Jake Dawson. Most of the songs are new Kent compositions three of which feature a horn section with arrangements by Willie Henderson. Other releases by Willie Kent on Delmark are: Ain’t it Nice (Delmark 653), Too Hurt to Cry (Delmark 667), & Long Way to Ole Miss (Delmark 696).