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Sound Ideas #11 - Blue Hue Review No. 1
Welcome to a celebration of the blues. With the coming of the holiday season, we all know that not everything and everyone are always at their best during this busy and often disruptive time. So we'll get all those blue feelings dealt with in advance so we can celebrate the holidays with a refreshed perspective.
Artist Track Album
Memphis Slim Memphis Slim USA Memphis Slim USA
John Lee Hooker Boom Boom Burnin'
Little Charlie and the Nightcats Dump that Chump The Big Break
Maria Muldaur and Taj Mahal Soul of a Man Richland Woman Blues
Jimmy Reed A String to Your Heart Rockin' with Reed
Roomful of Blues There Goes the Neighborhood There Goes the Neighborhood
Stevie Ray Vaughn Couldn't Stand the Weather Couldn't Stand the Weather
Albert Collins Brick Frostbite
Charles Brown A Sunday Kind of Love These Blues
Duke Robillard They Raided the Joint A Swingin' Session with Duke Robillard
Johnny Otis with Jimmy Rushing My Baby's Business The Complete Savoy Recordings
Lou Rawls Tobacco Road Black and Blue and Tobacco Road
Professor Longhair Red Beans Crawfish Fiesta
Memphis Slim Wish me Well At the Gate of Horn

As the parent of so many American music styles, the blues, not surprisingly comes in many styles, shades, and hues. We start with a classic style of pre- Rock n' Roll blues, namely the barrelhouse piano and boogie. Memphis Slim was champion of this at times rollickin' style, but in this recording we hear his first use of guitar, an instrument that for years he swore he wouldn't never allow. The chops of Matt Guitar Murphy changed Slim's mind forever after.

Our second set starts with the electric sound of Chicago, morphs through a West Coast electric jump, and then moves towards the vocal heavy and solo guitar idiom. John Lee Hooker defined blues be it country, urban, electric, or rock and Jimmy Reed personified the rural south goes to Chicago electric. Sandwiched in between are Maria and Taj deep in the roots along with Little Charlie, one of the masters of West Coast Jump.

Set three is an excursion through the electric side of the blues, starting with the Northeast sound, followed by the deep Texas sound of the South, and wrapped up by the unmistakably metallic cool yet striking hot Chicago sound popularized by Albert Collins.

Soulful is just one of the many words that can describe Charles Brown, another pre- Rock 'n Roll artist, presented here in one of his last recordings. Duke Robillard lays a jump blues on us and Johnny Otis and Jimmy Rushing team up for a taste of the big band blues, if not Kansas City style jazz,. Lou Rawls lends his rich baritone to a deep rural style, but with the polish and debonair of a city dweller.

We round out the hour with some Lousiana gumbo from Professor Longhair from his final album, sadly released on the day of his passing, and a one last track from Peter Chapman, AKA Memphis Slim, with an infectious groove gives us our walking papers.