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Forgotten series: Melvin Taylor – Dirty Pool (1997)

Forgotten series: Melvin Taylor – Dirty Pool (1997)

by S. Victor Aaron Electric blues guitarist Melvin Taylor had been sporadically recording solo albums for 20 years when Dirty Pool arrived — and was somehow just beginning to find fame. Already a hit in Europe, it had taken a steady run of performing in Chicago‚Äôs famed blues clubs to slowly earn Taylor a well-deserved reputation as an equal talentRead More

Cassandra Wilson – Silver Pony (2010)

Cassandra Wilson, who consistently defies convention as this restless chanteuse, doesn’t disappoint with Silver Pony — issued today on Blue Note as the long-awaited part-in studio, part-live followup to her celebrated Loverly. She has the vocal phrasing, the dusky intellect, of Charlie Parker and the elastic intuition of Betty Carter. Yet, Wilson is no throwback. She writes her own music,Read More

Otis Rush, "Live in Europe" (1993)

Otis Rush, "Live in Europe" (1993)

By Nick DeRiso Otis Rush is the star-crossed guitar god, always in the right place at the wrong time. Close but no rock star. That despite his role as a principal architect of the modern Chicago blues-guitar vernacular, and a memorably emotional style of singing that echoes some of the genre’s most recognizable figures. He’s in his prime on “LiveRead More

Junior Kimbrough, "All Night Long" (1992)

Junior Kimbrough, "All Night Long" (1992)

by Nick DeRiso Recorded not at his own country juke, but in a booming, hollow-sounding church, the late North Mississippi bluesman Junior Kimbrough’s debut was ghostly, and vivid. Why he didn’t record it at his house — which became such a popular neighborhood party spot that Kimbrough eventually conceded its nightclub status by putting a “Junior’s Place” sign out frontRead More

Mississippi Sheiks, Bo Carter, Bessie Jackson, Lil Johnson, others – Roots n' Blues: Raunchy Business (1928-39)

Mississippi Sheiks, Bo Carter, Bessie Jackson, Lil Johnson, others – Roots n' Blues: Raunchy Business (1928-39)

by Nick DeRiso I always chuckle when I pull out this Columbia-Legacy compilation, a CD of pre-war tracks that boasts one of those blocky black PARENTAL ADVISORY stickers for explicit lyrics. It’s an album of steadfastly dirty blues songs — though innuendo replaces the jarring language of today’s brazen new world. Still, their very content, even by suggestion, meant manyRead More

Sonny Boy Williamson II with Eric Clapton, Willie Dixon and Otis Spann – In Europe (1995)

Sonny Boy Williamson II with Eric Clapton, Willie Dixon and Otis Spann – In Europe (1995)

A rakish character, to be sure, Sonny Boy Williamson II wore a bowler hat and custom-made two-tone three-piece suit, often regaled the crowds with a hands-free harp solo, even took the name of a once-more famous predecessor in order to jump start his career. Williamson, then, was the perfect America export, over the top and completely original. More particularly, heRead More

R.L. Burnside – First Recordings (2003)

R.L. Burnside – First Recordings (2003)

by Nick Deriso Reissued through a joint agreement with Oxford, Miss.-based Fat Possum and Epitaph, “First Recordings” is the result of a neighbor’s recommendation. “If you want a man who can flat lay down the blues,” Othar Turner said, pointing producer George Mitchell down the road outside Coldwater, Miss., in 1967, “I know who that be.” It was R.L. Burnside,Read More

Muddy Waters – Hoochie Coochie Man (1977)

Muddy Waters – Hoochie Coochie Man (1977)

NICK DERISO: Recorded live at Montreal’s Rising Sun Club in January 1977, and later reissued by Just a Memory Records in ’99, “Hoochie Coochie Man” stands as one of the last testaments to the Gospel of Muddy. He was the bridge between country and city cool, an urban griot with Mississippi Delta dust on his boots. Along the way, WatersRead More

Forgotten series: Magic Sam – The Late Great Magic Sam (1980)

Forgotten series: Magic Sam – The Late Great Magic Sam (1980)

They are, these odds and ends, the last great treasure left by one Sam Maghett — better known as Magic Sam. This god of the tremolo embodied (just as fully, but with far less fanfare) the same gritty and adventurous West Side Chicago swagger more commonly associated with Buddy Guy and Otis Rush. Yet, we have precious little to goRead More

Something Else! Featured Artist: Blues pianist Willie Love

NICK DERISO: You’ll the find the best of this underappreciated, high-style Mississippi blues pianist on 1950s-era Trumpet Records reissues put out beginning in 1989 by Chicago’s Alligator Records. Run out of a Jackson, Miss., record store, Lillian Shedd McMurry’s locally legendary Trumpet label caught several blues greats just before their moment — including Sonny Boy Williamson II. Love is theRead More

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