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Wednesday, November 12, 2014
L. A. Jones & The Blues Messengers 2007 L.ittle A.lbert
Rate: 320 kbps CBR / 44100
Size: 110,07 MB
From one left-handed guitarist to another, this tribute album was recorded in Italy by L.A. Jones with a band of Italian blues musicians. Ever since meeting Albert King backstage in 1985, Jones had adopted the veteran's unusual guitar tuning with a right-handed guitar held upside down. What's important, however, is the sound that he gets out of his instrument. Jones breathes the same blues as Albert King, convincingly with an authentic band backing up his vibrant guitar strokes. Bass, drums, piano, organ and horns give him an incredibly vibrant feel as the leader interprets six of King's songs as well as several of his own.
Swing numbers, such as "Let's Have a Natural Ball" and "I've Made Nights by Myself," provide the kind of audience-pleasure that King brought to his audiences for over 40 years. The more dramatic numbers on the program, such as "I'll Play the Blues For You," "Flood-in' in California" and "Crosscut Saw," bring more authenticity with clearer memories of the veteran bluesman who passed away not too long after his last appearance in the Southland. Like King, Jones concentrates on tone and intensity more than flash. Those guitar strings bend appropriately in giving meaning to each lyric.
Jones adds "The Very Thought of You" to the program with a sincere appreciation for the memories that King left us. It's a natural gesture that goes a long way in explaining our appreciation for the departed bluesman. As he closes the session with his own "Long Distance Love," played nice and slow with plenty of guitar expression, Jones ensures that we're all able to join in on this fitting tribute. (Jim Santella - writing for Southland Blues Magazine, 9-2007)
L.A. Jones - guitar and vocals
Vincenzo Barattin - drums
Gigi Todesca - bass
Loris de Checchi - Hammond B3 Organ
Marco Ponchiroli - piano track 6, 9
Max Negri - Sax
Lilian Stoimenov - trumpet
Francesco Boldini - guitar solo track 2, 7
01 - I'll Play The Blues For You 05:37
02 - I've Made Nights By Myself 04:57
03 - Too Scared Too Sleep 07:04
04 - Let's Have A Natural Ball 03:12
05 - Floodin' In California 04:25
06 - Very Thought Of You 03:47
07 - Crosscut Saw 05:55
08 - Long Distance Love 09:23
09 - Overall Junction 03:47
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