Size: 138,3 MB
Label: Soul Defender
Styles: Illinois Blues
1. The Moon Is Full - 4:44
2. Big Mother For Ya - 3:13
3. Love You Baby - 4:51
4. 29 Ways - 3:54
5. Shack Bully - 3:58
6. Sleeping In The Ground - 6:37
7. Come On In This House - 7:36
8. Somebody Told You - 3:12
9. Monday Morning Blues - 5:12
10. Grooving Together - 5:00
11. Uh, Uh Baby - 4:15
12. I Can't Stand Myself - 5:05
13. Good Night Sweetheart - 2:08
Eb Davis - lead vocals;
Nina T. Davis - piano/organ, vocals;
J. BowWow Bailey - guitar, vocals;
Willie Pollock - sax, vocals;
Don Marriott - trumpet/fluegelhorn;
Carlos Dalelane- bass/vocals;
Lenjes Robinson - drums
Davis first learned the blues in Memphis’ Handy Park, at the feet of masters such as BB and Albert King, and Rufus Thomas, along with others of that Delta break-out era. He traces his roots to the banks of the Mississippi River in rural Arkansas, but with “Uh Uh Baby,” he demonstrates he is just as comfortable in Helsinki as Helena.
Trust me, you’ll like this one. The disk, recorded live at the legendary Berlin jazz and blues venue, “The A-Trane,” is an internationally-flavored mix of lyrical and instrumental diversity that somehow never strays far from the traditional blues and soul on which Davis cut his musical teeth. His latest offering includes four originals intertwined with covers of Willie Dixon, Junior Wells and Allen Toussaint, among others,.
“Uh Uh Baby” starts out with five straight-ahead blues blasters including the barely double-entendre “Big Mother For Ya,” his own “Love You Baby;” and his warning shot not to mess with strong, independent women, “Shack Bully,” along with “The Moon is Full,” and Dixon’s “29 Ways.”
Davis then shifts gears to his own more soulfully-paced “Sleeping in the Ground” and Junior Wells’ “Come on in this House,” in which he steams up the house with a blistering harmonica solo. Next is the Tipitina’s-flavored, keyboard-driven Toussaint original, “Somebody Told You,” followed by a cover of “Monday Morning Blues” and then his own gritty love song, “Grooving Together.”
The masterpiece of “Uh Uh Baby” is, uh, well, have you guessed yet? “Uh Uh Baby.” On the title song, Davis sings of love’s lessons learned the hard way and about not again putting his hand on the hot stove burner of love gone bad. The song is punctuated by a saxophone solo from bandmate Willie Pollock, which sends a message almost as powerful as the insightful lyrics. Davis ends his masterpiece tear jerker on an upbeat note—obviously happy with his decision NOT to take her back…..
Also included is James Brown’s “I Can’t Stand Myself.” Only James Brown can do James Brown. Then Davis and the Superband close with an a cappella version of the ‘50’s do-wopper “Good Night Sweetheart,” as they do in their live show.
Live at the A-Trane Berlin