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Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Casey Jones 1987 Solid Blue
Rate: 320 kbps CBR / 44100
Size: 72,93 MB
Review by Bill Dahl
One of the Chicago drummer's best solo outings. Eight originals, all of them well-done (especially the chunky "Mr. Blues" and a rocking "Hip Hip Hooray"). Jones's vocals are enthusiastic and his backing is expert.
Jones is best known as drummer for the Icebreakers, backing band for the late Albert Collins, and for backing Johnny Winter on his Alligator Records albums.
Yet when unleashed on his own as leader and vocalist, Jones gives Collins and Winter a run for their money. Jones is possessed of a fine, pleasant voice, steeped in the blues tradition. Pianist Allen Batts and fellow Icebreaker Johnny B. Gayden (bass) kick in on the project to good effect.
"(Tribute to the) Boogie Men" starts off this outing in strong fashion. With a rollicking beat, Jones belts out the names of old blues artists and their contributions. As he puts it, "They played the boogie music." The rest of this strong effort is equal to those who came before. (Jim Trageser)
Casey JONES - Drums, Guitar, Vocals
Maurice Vaughn, Jonathan McDonald - Guitar
Billy Branch - Harmonica
Allen Batts - Piano, Organ
Jerry Wilson - Tenor Saxophone
Paul Howard - Trumpet
Bill McFarland - Trombone
Greg Rzab, Johnny B. Gayden, Jerry Barry - Bass
01 - (Tribute To The) Boogie Men 04:26
02 - You Put The Whammy On Me 04:00
03 - Mr. Blues 04:06
04 - The Big Cities Shuffle 04:34
05 - Going Up And Down 03:38
06 - News Is Bad 04:42
07 - I Am A Hog For Ya 04:00
08 - Hip Hip Hooray 02:26
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