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пятница, 21 сентября 2018 г.

Mark Hummel - Harpbreaker

Bitrate: 320K/s
Year: 2018
Time: 60:27
Size: 139,1 MB
Label: Electro-Fi
Styles: Blues
Art: Front

Tracks Listing:
 1. Harpoventilatin' - 3:44
 2. The Creeper Returns - 4:39
 3. Rotten Kid - 6:00
 4. Billy's Boogaloo - 3:54
 5. Walkin' With Mr. Lee - 3:28
 6. Cristo Redentor - 7:37
 7. Crazy Legs - 5:11
 8. Senor Blues - 5:13
 9. Ready, Steady, Stroll! - 4:00
10. Glide on - 3:24
11. Chuckaluck - 3:57
12. Evans Shuffle - 3:26
13. See See Rider - 5:46

Mark Hummel says on his website that he has “done over two million miles or more in my seven vans with over 250-350k on each one!!!” He started the Blues Survivors in 1977 with Mississippi Johnny Waters and over the years he’s worked with stellar players including the likes of Sue Foley, Rusty Zinn, Mike Judge, Jim Overton, and many, many more. Some of the acts they’ve backed include Snooky Pryor, Sonny Rhodes, Barbara Dane, John Mayall, Brownie McGhee, Lowell Folsom, and more.
2014 proved to be a breakout year for Hummel as he was nominated for a Grammy Award for his self-produced Remembering Little Walter album, and won Blues Music Awards for Best Blues Album and Best Traditional Blues Album. He is beloved by fans and peers alike.
Hummel’s latest album Harpbreaker, out on the Electro-Fi label drops on September 21st. Recorded, mixed and mastered at Chris “Kid” Anderson’s becoming-legendary Greaseland Studio California and also Joyride Studio in Chicago, the album showcases newly recorded, live, previously released and unreleased material.
This is an instrumental album, and just like other such albums of quality (think Freddie King’s Let’s Hide Away and Dance Away with Freddy King), Harpbreaker is destined to become a classic! Little Walter would be pleased to see where Hummel takes his harp. He is joined by a bevy of deft and expressive players including Rusty Zinn, Chris ‘Kid’ Andersen, Billy Flynn and Little Charlie Baty.
Harpbreaker is varied and interesting. Best of all, it makes a great companion to share some time with.
The first song, “Harpoventilatin'” is a juggernaut and full of energy. “The Creeper Returns” has the band knee deep in a mighty groove and they squeeze every drop they can from it. Hummel’s magic on the harp is a joy to take in, as are the guitar lines of Charles Wheal. Buddy Rich’s “Rotten Kid” swings indeed, and guitarist Billy Flynn nails it down on “Billy’s Boogaloo.”
Other standout cuts are “Walkin’ with Mr. Lee,” perfect for strollin’ across the floor, and the bouncy “Crazy Legs” where Hummel pushes the harp to new levels of expressive pizzazz. “Senor Blues” is exciting and brilliantly played with its almost hothouse jazz vibe, woven with a Havana flavor.
“Glide On,” is a perfect dose of nostalgia and Hummel’s playing is a revelation here. Rusty Zinn and Chris Burns rock the guitar and piano (respectively) as well. The album closes with a mesmeric “See See Rider” that draws listeners in with its simple charm.
This is an album that you’ll come back to again and again. Do yourself a good turn and pick this up soon. Hit play, and it won’t be long before a smile breaks out.

Harpbreaker

четверг, 13 сентября 2018 г.

Johnny Nitro & the Door Slamm (feat.Andy Just) - Drinkin' Triples Til You're Seeing Double

Bitrate: 320K/s
Year: 1991
Time: 71:46
Size: 165,0 MB
Label: Saloon
Styles: Blues
Art: Full

Tracks Listing:
 1. Ratocaster -  4:08
 2. Honey Hush -  5:39
 3. Tramp -  6:13
 4. Cross Cut Saw -  6:04
 5. Goin' Down Slow -  7:05
 6. Little Girl -  3:42
 7. Nitro Express -  4:02
 8. Check Yourself -  4:41
 9. So Sharp -  6:02
10. It Will Never Work -  4:41
11. Sno Cone -  7:11
12. Dirty Dishes - 12:12

San Francisco band recorded live at The Saloon in North Beach, w. Johnny Nitro-gtr & voc, Andy Just-harmonica & voc, Johnny Ace-bs & voc, Scott Rabino-dms, 12 tracks

Drinkin' Triples Til You're Seeing Double

понедельник, 10 сентября 2018 г.

Gaetano Pellino - 2nd Century Blues

Bitrate: 320K/s
Year: 2013
Time: 59:20
Size: 136,2 MB
Label: One Eyed Fish
Styles: Modern Electric Blues
Art: Front

Tracks Listing:
 1. 2nd Century Blues - 5:17
 2. Born in a Wrong Time - 4:45
 3. Way Down in the Hole - 7:31
 4. Missionary Man - 5:24
 5. Wasted Words - 5:07
 6. Let the Blues Run Over Me - 4:33
 7. Ain't Got Nothin' But the Blues - 9:08
 8. Step of Strangers - 4:36
 9. Seven Minutes - 6:59
10. Costiera Amalfitana - 5:56

A capo di delle piu potenti rock/blues band italiane, conosciuta nel mondo!
Gaetano Pellino, nato il 6 luglio del 1961 a Scafati (SA), inizia a suonare la chitarra a 17 anni. Dopo i primi periodi dedicati al genere folk (cantautori italiani dell'epoca nonche' la West Coast music americana), smette di concepire la chitarra come strumento "da compagnia" e ne inizia lo studio quale veicolo di grande espressione artistica. Da qui lo sviluppo della conoscenza del blues e di quel rock che negli anni '70 aveva accompagnato la sua adolescenza.
Dopo soli quattro anni di studio,durante i quali aveva fondato e sciolto numerosi gruppi, Gaetano Pellino si affaccia per la prima volta al mondo della professione, accompagnando per una breve tournee' estiva il cantautore Franco Simone, col quale partecipa ad alcune trasmissioni televisive tra cui Domenica In (RAI 1, giugno 1982).
L'esperienza, sicuramente positiva, non combaciava con le aspirazioni musicali di Gaetano che cominciava gia' a sviluppare un suo stile compositivo ed espressivo, alla ricerca di un sound forse troppo idealistico. Accettando impieghi di ogni tipo pur di non contaminare il suo amore per la musica Gaetano approdo' per la prima volta ad uno studio di registrazione nel 1984 decidendo quindi di intraprendere la professione alternativa del sound engeneer, che ben sposava la sua passione per la musica a quella per l'elettronica che aveva sin dall'eta' di 15 anni.
Da meta' degli anni '80 Gaetano Pellino intraprese la sua carriera di tecnico del suono a livello professionale in parecchi studi di registrazione : 1984 Harmony Sound di Pasquale Bonamassa, 1985 Studio Fantasy di Roger Riccobono, 1986 UMBI-Maison Blanche (Modena) di Umberto Maggi, 1988/90 ancora Harmony Sound, 1989/90 BMG Records (Modena) Melotti, 1990/92 Borgatti Studio di Paolino Borgatti, 1995 Lee Bubble Studio a Perth nel West Australia, 1996 Dream Studio di Annalisa Corni fino all'anno 1997 in cui decise di aprire il suo Townstudio.
In tutti gli anni passati in studio l'attivita' principale di Gaetano Pellino non e' stata solo quella del tecnico del suono, avendo spesso instaurato con gli artisti collaborazioni di tipo arrangiatore o produttore artistico o programmatore computer o semplicemente come chitarrista session-man. Numerosi sono gli albums, specialmente in campo underground, dove si contano collaborazioni in merito. In contrapposizione quasi contraddittoria alla sua "animalità" di chitarrista dal vivo, Gaetano rappresenta in studio la tipica figura del produttore fac-totum e ben lo sanno quelli che sempre piu' di frequente richiedono la sua collaborazione in studio, coinvolgendolo in produzioni dall'ampissimo range sonoro-culturale.
(pop, rock, tecno-dance, tecno-trance, heavy-rock, blues, jive & swing, sonic,hard-core, hip-hop, praticamente tutto il panorama musicale esistente...)
Mai trascurando la sua passione per la composizione e le performance live Gaetano Pellino si uni' al gruppo cult "new wave" modenese Incontrollabili Serpenti conosciuti in studio durante le registrazioni del singolo "Midnight Time" con il quale il gruppo partecipo' alla finale di Sanremo Rock del 1987. Nel 1988 usci' l'album "Biancaneve e Gorbaciov" una sorta di new wave-rock a tematiche ambientalistiche/sociali. Il gruppo vieniva spesso convocato alle manifestazioni patrocinate da WWF, LIPU, Amnesty International e nello stesso anno participo' ancora a Sanremo Rock. Fu sempre nel 1988 che Gaetano, letteralmente folgorato dall'apparizione del chitarrista texano Stevie Ray Vaughan al Pistoia Blues Festival, riscopriva il suo antico amore per il blues/rock decidendo di fondare The Fandango Band. In tutti qusti anni non sono mancate a Gaetano Pellino proposte di collaborazione con artisti di livello anche nazionale ma la voglia di sviluppare un proprio stile ed un proprio suono ha fatto si' che il progetto di portare avanti il suo gruppo fosse cosa prioritaria.
Gaetano Pellino e' oggi un chitarrista dall'esperienza quasi trentennale, ha suonato, arrangiato, mixato ogni genere di musica, cosa che tra l'altro traspare nelle sue composizioni che partono in pieno stile blues americano e si perdono nel cosmo delle sonorita' senza etichette e frontiere.
Il suo amore grande è la Stratocaster ma possiede una quindicina di chitarre quasi tutte autoassemblate (come quelle della foto in testa) o customizzate. Dal vivo utilizza un amplificatore VOX AC 30 del 1961. Recentemente, dopo il sodalizio nato con la prestigiosa ditta italiana Jim Reed, Gaetano utilizza spesso chitarre espressamente realizzate per lui dal costruttore cosa che ha portato all'esplorazione di diverse sonorità "strat style" ma con quel che di custom e personale. Il suono della chitarra è processato da una pedaliera auto assemeblata che include molti pedali di progettazione e realizzazione dello stesso Gaetano Pellino (RealTone).
(ultima modifica: 03/10/2006)

2nd Century Blues

Chuck Alvarez - The Life I Live

Bitrate: 320K/s
Year: 1993
Time: 38:34
Size: 88,4 MB
Label: Limited Edition
Styles: Blues
Art: Full

Tracks Listing:
 1. Hard Luck - 3:34
 2. Working At The Mint - 4:15
 3. The Balder I Go - 3:17
 4. Sometimes I'm Down - 3:53
 5. The Life I Live - 3:53
 6. Never Had Me - 3:39
 7. Long Way From Heaven - 3:53
 8. Light Rain - 3:21
 9. My Life - 4:12
10. Goodbye - 4:31

Chuck has been performing & recording rock, blues, r&b, light jazz and americana for 35 years. Along with artists listed below Chuck has performed with Eric Marienthal, Gerald Albright & Jeff Healey. His song writing has stood the test of time and he is currently recording his 5th record. He has also written with Michael McDonald & appeared on TV with Little Richard. He has toured &/or recorded extensively with the following:
The Chuck Alvarez Band 1988 to present
Tim Weisberg 1988 to present
Lisa Haley & The Zydecats 2003 to 2012
The Emotions 1994 to 1996
David Benoit 1989 to 1990
The Twisters 1976 to 1980
Born and raised in Illinois, Corey Stevens was 11 years old when he first picked up a guitar. By 15 he was playing rhythm guitar and writing songs in bands. During college he studied music and eventually earned a degree. Upon graduation, a move to Los Angeles solidified the dreams Stevens had held in his heart since childhood. Paying his dues was like doing hard time, but a job teaching third grade made life a little easier and allowed Stevens to keep a band together and begin his first recording project. Spending ten years teaching was a positive experience that helped build character. Along the way, Corey met and married Linda, a voice and piano teacher. They had one child, a daughter who truly is the apple of her father's eye. An early comparison to the late Stevie Ray Vaughan was a mixed blessing that forced Stevens to push himself in order to make his own statement. In 1995, with the expertise of producer/gunslinger Edward Tree, the first project was released. Blue Drops of Rain, originally released on Eureka Records, brought attention and opportunity to a man who had worked 14 years to get a break. The project also brought Corey to the attention of Discovery Records, which licensed Blue Drops of Rain and funded a second project. 1996 saw chart action that lasted into 1997 and the release of Road to Zen, also produced by Tree. A road warrior who continues to tour alone and with the likes of Lynyrd Skynyrd, Corey Stevens has distinguished himself as an artist of integrity and vision, issuing Getaway in early 2000.

The Life I Live

Carlos Johnson - Live At B.L.U.E.S. on Halsted

Bitrate: 320K/s
Year: 2007
Time: 71:49
Size: 164,9 MB
Label: P-Vine
Styles: Blues/Chicago Blues
Art: Front

Tracks Listing:
 1. C.J.'s Swing -  5:47
 2. Lisa -  5:41
 3. I'll Play The Blues For You - 10:36
 4. High Heel Sneakers -  6:32
 5. I'm Cold And I'm Wondering -  9:42
 6. Everyday I Have The Blues -  7:08
 7. What's Going On -  6:33
 8. Don't Throw Your Love On Me So Strong -  8:48
 9. I Wonder Why - 10:59

I got to B.L.U.E.S. on Halsted before the band started to insure my seat.
There it was at the corner of the bar closest to the stage.  The chrome legs didn’t meet the floor at the same time, and what little stuffing was left in the black cushion was being contained with silver duct tape.  It was perfect.  The keyboardist, Roosevelt “Hatt” Purifoy and his two keyboards decided not to try to compete for the very limited real estate on the stage riser.  I’ve seen many creative ways to fit musicians on this stage, but the one common appointment is the drummer on a higher riser in the back.  Pookie Styx, a very popular member of Chicago’s fine blues drummer fraternity, is tonight’s drummer.  His rhythm partner is the young Rob Bell.  The star of tonight’s show is Carlos Johnson.  Carlos plays his right-handed Gibson upside down, having to reach back up under his left arm to adjust his volume and tone knobs.  There is no pick involved and the well traveled guitar has a worn but warm finish that reflects the master’s posture.
Carlos starts by advising us that we can let or hair down, or take it off for that matter.  Feel free to take the band to the bar or the car.  Carlos sits against a stool, much like mine, but leans down to reach his microphone.  His voice is warm and engaging.  His rousing version or “Ain’t Nobody’s Business” featured every player in turn and caused more than a few party goers to re-open their tabs.
Carlos sometimes takes off in a jazzier direction with complete trust that Hatt will stay the song with the keys.  They have been playing together literally since childhood.  “I’ll Play the Blues for You” made famous by another lefty upside down player, featured a wonderful saxophone solo.  I know synthesizers can sometimes give a convincing horn blast, and some six stringers can conjure up a B-3 sound, but Hatt Purifoy had the sax nailed with his keyboard.  The attack, the envelope, timbre, sustain, and phrasing.
Carlos Johnson plays like Carlos Johnson.  He is a good showman and a very good singer.  I look forward to the next time our paths cross. It was standing room only so maybe I just didn’t see you there.  Don’t worry you can catch him soon in Lithuania and Italy (both Eastern suburbs of Chicago).  If you’re on a short leash be sure to see Carlos at Buddy Guy’s Legends on July 31.

Live At B.L.U.E.S. On Halsted

Lefty Dizz & Carlos Johnson - The Healer

Bitrate: 320K/s
Year: 2000
Time: 61:56
Size: 143,3 MB
Label: Wolf Records
Styles: Blues/Chicago Blues
Art: Full

Tracks Listing:
 1. Call Me Carlos Johnson - 3:40
 2. The Healer - 4:27
 3. Jimmy Reed Medley - 4:54
 4. I Got To Love Somebody`s Baby - 6:00
 5. Crack Head Woman - 3:00
 6. Caldonia - 3:42
 7. Woke Up This Morning ( Dreamin`Blues ) - 4:09
 8. You Can`t Make Love Alone - 3:17
 9. Chips Flying Everywhere - 4:48
10. Hoodoo Man Blues - 6:00
11. Caldonia - 4:15
12. The Dozens ( I`m Moving In On You ) - 3:25
13. Sure Had A Wonderful Time - 3:12
14. Cloudy Weather - 3:43
15. I Found Out - 3:19

Musicians:
Carlos Johnson - vocals & guitar on 1-6;
Lefty Dizz - vocals & guitar on 7-15;
Easy Baby - bass on 1-3;
Daniel Raffo - guitar on 4-6;
Mariano D'Andrea - bass on 4-6;
Adrian Flores - drums 1-3;
Pato Raffo - drums 4-6;
Unknown band musicians for Lefty's session - tracks 7 to 15.

This is the story of this recordings that Wolf is now presenting. When we started producing shows there was always the intention to hire Magic Slim. We had already done shows with James Cotton and Hubert Sumlin in December 1992 and Jimmy Rogers and Honeyboy Edwards in March 1993. A few months later, it was Magic Slim’s turn. j It was May 1993 when, together with my father, we produced a few Magic Slim &The Teardrops shows and, to everybody’s surprise, the second guitar that Magic brought over to Buenos Aires was no other than Lefty Dizz.
When I traveled to Chicago in December 1992 to book James Cotton I had found out that Lefty was quite sick and there was a show to his benefit and to raise money for his treatment… so it was a miracle to have Lefty in Buenos Aires. Lefty opened up 2 shows for Magic, and that was memorable. Those who didn’t know Lefty were just impressed by his show. All that led me to talking to Lefty about him coming back to do his solo shows, and maybe cut a record (the Blues Special Records label was already a project).
Those days, in Buenos Aires, I spent a lot of time with Lefty. He was quite sick and doctors had recommended that he eat every other 4 hours, so we had a lot of opportunities to go out and chat. He said that his days were counted, that he had never gotten recognition in the US and that he felt so well treated in Argentina that he wanted back.
Lefty was not only thrilled by this project, but also told.me that he had a few recordings he had never edited and he wanted them released on my label. It was then that he left me a tape of those sessions.
We talked over the phone many times after that and even agreed on a date for him to come back to Argentina but that could not happen. Lefty died a few months later. The project never happened. And the recognition he deserved never came.
Incredibly enough, Lefty never ever recorded full album for an american label, which also led to his feeling of injustice towards his career.
These recordings were never mentioned anywhere. These are Lefty Dizz’ last lost recordings.
Carlos Johnson is a Chicago native and was born in the Windy City in 1948. He was only entering his teens when
he played his first gig. At that time, he idolized Jimmy Hendrix and Led Zeppelin. Later influences were Otis Rush, Albert King, Elmore James and T Bone Walker. He is now a regular at such Chicago hotspots as Katerina’s, B.L.U.E.S., Rosa’s Lounge and Buddy Guy’s. The guitarist sometimes appears with harp player Billy Branch and the two turned out a CD together.
Without a powerful electric guitar timbre to accompany his clear baritone voice, Johnson rings true throughout this highly recommended program of blues delights. About Carlos Johnson’s recordings, they were taken in November 2000 on his trip to Buenos Aires to play in the Blues Special Club. After years of playing with Chicago stars like Billy Branch and Son Seals, with whom he recorded his guitar, Carlos was ready for his own album. It was then we went to the studio to record what would be his first album: “My name is Carlos Johnson” – Blues Special Records 9503.This CD was so well received by critics that made the Japanese from P-Vine put special attention in Johnson and cut his second solo album: “In and Out”.
It was a long session in Buenos Aires, and the result are these tracks here, presented withouth any special edition. The bond between Lefty and Carlos was very strong. Carlos told me that Lefty was the first one to show him a few tricks in the guitar, which made Carlos think of thim as his mentor, besides his great friend.
At my place I showed him a video of Lefty playing in Buenos Aires, but Carlos asked me to stop it because it was too touching for him and I could see it in his watery eyes. In this CD we find a few coincidences: two left handed Chicago guitarists who have no records on american labels (Carlos still has a chance) and with limitted recognition by the main stream blues media.
Enjoy these two masters of Chicago Blues Guitar. ~  Adrian Flores

The Healer