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Monday, May 26, 2014

Khalif Wailin' Walter 2007 Let Me Say That Again

Genre: Blues
Rate: 320 kbps CBR / 44100
Time: 00:47:47
Size: 109,30 MB

United States

This fine CD presents straight-ahead, guitar-based Chicago club blues - despite being recorded in Germany. No-one should be too surprised at that though as singer and guitarist Khalif "Wailin'" Walter is the young-ish nephew of ace Windy City guitarist Carl Weathersby (whom he lists as an influence - along with Otis Rush, Freddie King, Albert King, Albert Collins and Lonnie Brooks) and has been based in Europe for a few years now. It is no surprise that he is building up a healthy fan-base, as he tours constantly and plays the Blues squarely in the modern tradition of those just named, though without any outright copying. His vocals are unadorned and extremely effective, whilst his guitar playing is generally powerful and appropriate to each individual number, and whilst he does stretch out, with the shortest track at just under four minutes and the longest eleven seconds short of seven and a half minutes, he does largely keep things tight and focused. It is also good to note that whilst he can pursue the high-energy angle, he can also turn in a fine, very jazzy 'Connie-Lee' (nice piano on this from Rusty Hall, who also turns up on recordings by the likes of Eric Lambert, Bernard Allison and Curtis Salgado i.e. he knows just what is needed!) and capture the lazy Jimmy Reed style perfectly on 'You Don't Have To Go'. Most of the remaining titles are standards, but performed in Walter's own way, which makes this a release of definite interest to lovers of the real Chicago blues. (Norman Darwen)


01 - Keep On Lovin' Me Baby 04:58

02 - My Baby Calls Me Coffee 07:20

03 - Crosscut Saw 04:24

04 - It's My Own Fault 06:24

05 - Heart Fixin' Business 06:12

06 - Connie-Lee 03:53

07 - Hideaway 04:54

08 - You Don't Have To Go 04:35

09 - I'm A King Bee 05:07

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