Across the 160-page magazine and 23-song CD compilation, we’re celebrating one of the South’s greatest cultural exports: blues music. The issue comes in multiple covers, showcasing three generations of blues artists: John Lee Hooker, Bonnie Raitt, and Adia Victoria.
Bebop Beatniks and Friends tore it up at One Love People in Jonesboro on September 16, 2016.
Joining Kevin, Paul, and Larry were Chris Issom, drums and Jay Shepherd, guitar.
Rev. Rick read "The Madman" by Kahlil Gibran and did some autobiographical free style.
It's always a jazz party with Bebop Beatniks at One Love People.
Photos by Robin Gasaway.
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If you like your blues seasoned with some rock, punk, Cajun, country, rockabilly, SOCAL swag, and even a bit of Latin flavors - all served up smokin’ hot - then come and get it. The Blue Shadows self-titled debut release is all that and more.
The Blue Shadows band consists of: Bill Bateman on drums & percussion; Javiar Matos on vocals, guitar, harmonica, pan flute & melodica; John Bazz on bass; and a group of special guests that include: Dave Alvin, Kid Ramos, Johnny “Two Bags” Wickersham and Chopper Franklin on guitar; Chris and Isreal Matos on backing vocals; Aaron Deily on piano; Patrick Harrison on accordion; Mikkel Beckman on washboard; Mondo Dorame on saxophone and Scott Steen on trumpet.
“The Blue Shadows” the CD, as mentioned above, is a very eclectic mix of many styles of music all with a foot in the blues. The disc contains fifteen tracks that include a handful of originals.
The album opens with a track about spinning a stack records and it’s titled “Diamond Needles”. In this particular case, it’s definitely a rock ‘n’ roll record that’s spinning under that needle. With Bill and John having the rhythm at full throttle, Javiar keeping up with them vocally and Dave Alvin blasting away on guitar, as good as it all sounds the pace on this one could lead you to wonder if the turntable is actually on the right speed. Phew!
I don’t know exactly where they’re heading but on “On The Road Again” it sure sounds to me like it may just be N'awlins. Once again, and I’m getting the impression this will always be the case, the rhythm is profound but it’s the zydeco vibe Javiar’s creating with a masterful performance on the melodica that’s driving this one. Full dance floor music for sure.
Everything done on this one is done roughly: Javiar’s gravelly vocals and scratchy harp leads; Bill’s aggressive percussion; John’s rugged bass lines; and Chopper Franklin jarring guitar leads. Collectively, it’s about as rough as a “Georgia Chain Gang”.
“She Likes To Boogie Real Low” is the smoothest track of the lot. With a little extra from Aaron Deily on the piano, the rhythm section’s tightly locked into a sweet groove all while Javiar lays down some of those cool west coast swing licks on guitar. Easily one of the disc’s best tracks.
Thank goodness they don’t have the boogie woogie flu because the “Rockin’ Pneumonia” alone is enough to send The Blue Shadows into fever pitch mode. Lead by scorching guitar licks from Kid Ramos and some Jerry Lee style piano slammin’ by Aaron Deily this one’s an all out smoker.
Although I have no idea what they are saying or what the song is about, “La Voz In Suenos” is an absolutely beautiful song. Music, after all, is the universal language. The title of the song, being sung in Spanish, translates to the voice in dreams. Along with Javiar’s brothers - Chris and Isreal - helping him on backing vocals, the vocal harmony just one of this tracks highlights. Others are Javiars delicate Latin style guitar work and the subtle sounds of Mondo and Scott’s saxophone and trumpet. Nicely done track.
Other tracks on the disc include: “Let Me Be Your Rocker”, “Blues No. 1”, “Hud” “Elder Green Blues”, “Cat Squirrel” “I Can See”, “Keep On Rockin”, “Back To You” and “Pebble In My Shoe”.
The easiest way to find out more about The Blue Shadows, or to get a copy of the disc, is to just go to Rip Cat Records website - www.ripcatrecords.com. While you’re there, please tell Scott Abeyta that his buddy, the Blewzzman, sent you.
Peter “Blewzzman” Lauro
Blues Editor @ www.Mary4Music.com
2011 Keeping the Blues Alive Recipient
On this day in music history: June 20, 1980 - “The Blues Brothers - Original Soundtrack Recording” is released. Produced by Bob Tischler, it is recorded at Universal Recording Studios in Chicago, IL, The Record Plant, Sound Mixers in New York City and The Record Plant in Los Angeles, CA from April - May and July 1979. On the heels of the surprise success of the album “Briefcase Full Of Blues”, The Blues Brothers are spun off into a feature length film released through Universal Pictures. With a screenplay co-written by Dan Aykroyd and directed by John Landis, the musical comedy film co-stars Aykroyd and John Belushi as Elwood and Jakes Blues. Like on their previous album, The Blues Brothers are backed by many of the same musicians that had played on “Briefcase”, with the exception of keyboardist Paul Shaffer who is prevented from participating in the recording of the film soundtrack or appearing in the film due to his contractual ties with Saturday Night Live. Shaffer’s place in the Blues Brothers band is taken by Murphy Dunne, and Steve Jordan though he plays on the album is replaced in the film by former Bar-Kays and Isaac Hayes Movement drummer Willie “Too Big” Hall. The film and album also feature performances and on screen appearances by numerous R&B and blues music legends including James Brown, Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, John Lee Hooker and Cab Calloway. The album produced by SNL writer Bob Tischler is recorded prior to the start of principal photography in Chicago in July of 1979. One exception is the sequence in the church featuring James Brown as the Reverend Cleophus James. Not used to lip synching to his own pre-recorded vocals, filming his performance in proper synchronization with the track, is problematic at first. Landis solves the problem by having a 24-track tape machine running on set, with the pre-recorded instrumental playing as Brown sings his vocal live, and is captured on tape as the cameras roll. The album is another success, spinning off two singles including “Gimme Some Lovin’” (#18 Pop) and “Jailhouse Rock”. To promote the soundtrack and film, Belushi and Aykroyd and the the band go on tour, which is recorded for a live album titled “Made In America” released in December of 1980. First issued on CD in 1986, the soundtrack is remastered and reissued in 1995. Out of print on vinyl since the late 80’s, it is first reissued as a limited edition pressing on marbled blue vinyl by Music On Vinyl in 2014 and a standard black vinyl pressing by Friday Music in 2015. “The Blues Brothers - Original Soundtrack Recording” peaks at number thirteen on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified Platinum in the US by the RIAA.
Now Back in Stock: The Complete Atlantic Studio Recordings of the Modern Jazz Quartet 1956-64
It’s back: Mosaic’s collection of 14 magnificent albums from the Modern Jazz Quartet during their prolific tenure at Atlantic Records, producing 14 albums in eight years – lovingly remastered to result in recorded sound worthy of the music it reproduces. Read this review for penetrating insights into the achievements of this group and this set.
For info, to listen to samples and to purchase your set, go here.
It’s been exactly ten years since I personally discovered Patrick Recob. Back in 2007, as a member of The National Debonaires, he played bass on the CD which was the recipient of that’s year’s “Blewzzy” Award". What that means is that of the forty-five CD reviews I did that year, “New Sounds From Kansas City” was my personal favorite. That wasn’t the only award winning disc he’s appeared on. Seven years later, with a lot more credits before and after these releases, Patrick also played on “Account To Me” - Hank Mowery’s 2014 “Best Self Produced” CD.
“Perpetual Luau” is not only Patrick Recob’s debut solo release but it’s pretty much his first stint as a front man as well. And as Patrick tells it, it almost didn’t happen. Had it not been for James Harman (the disc’s producer) forcing his then bass player to sing a few songs, I wouldn’t be listening to this release and you’d not be reading this review. I’ll tell you how to get the rest of that story later, now it’s time to talk music.
Joining Patrick - on vocals, bass and lead & acoustic guitar - are: James Harman on harmonica background vocals and spoken vocal; Nathan James on guitar; Mike Tempo on percussion; Marty Dodson on drums and magazine; Laura Chavez on guitar; and Kitty LaMieux on vocals. All thirteen tracks are Patrick Recob originals.
The disc opens with “Frustration Blues” and it’s six plus minutes of slow, straight up, Chicago style blues. In spite of his past reluctance, Patrick seems to sound real comfortable in front of the mic, and from the way in which he’s belting out these blues it’s apparent that he’s quite good up there as well. This one’s highlighted by the first of the two times that the “James Gang” appear together. That would be Nathan James - who’s killing it with his Muddyesque style of lead and slide guitar, and James Harman - who does nothing but kill it every time he touches a harmonica. This was not only a heck of a first impression, but it could very well be the disc’s best track as well.
“We Have It Going On” was done as a tribute to Arthur Alexander - the late, great, soulful country singer/songwriter who’s songs were covered in just about every genre of music. "It sounds like him" is what the band claimed after making the recording and I couldn’t agree more. In addition to his smooth and melodic vocals, Patrick is pretty impressive on his three guitar - lead, acoustic and bass - performance. Outstanding percussion and rhythm as well.
At under three minutes, “Ballad of Maison 66” is as quick in time as it is in tempo. This swingin’ number is rockin’ with rhythm and features Nathan putting on a a lesson on how to play that west coast swing thing on guitar.
Being a baby boomer who grew up on fifties music, I just love it when current blues artists reach back and pay homage to the old rock ‘n’ roll type songs that gave way to the birth of the blues. "Let Me Give You All" is just that kind of song. Right now I’m picturing two puppy lovers wrapped in each others arms while doing the spotlight dance on American Bandstand. Great era; great music; great job! Patrick, you gave my replay button a work out with this one.
This next track brings a third James into play and that would be Elmore. Of course he isn’t playing on it but the way “Grave Yard Woman” is being done you’d swear he was. The work of Nathan on slide in conjunction with Laura on rhythm make this one of the better guitar tracks.
Speaking of good guitar tracks, more of the disc’s best guitar work can be found on a track titled “Help Me Find The Answer”. The intention behind this one was to pay tribute to the legendary Magic Sam and that mission was accomplished by Nathan in classic style. This is another one on which you’ll find it hard to believe that it’s Patrick’s rookie appearance up front.
Other tracks on “Perpetual Luau” include: “Words Are Like Bullets” “Dark Night Of The Soul”, “I Kept My Cool”, “LaMieux’s Jungle Strut”, Help Is On The Way", “Soul Cry” and “For Love’s Desire”.
With Todd Glazer working on radio promotions for Patrick, most of you blues programmers should already have “Perpetual Luau”. That said, if you don’t, you can get in touch with Patrick by going to www.patrickrecobmusic.com. After you tell him the Blewzzman sent you ask him to tell you the rest of the story as to how this project came about.
Peter “Blewzzman” Lauro
Blues Editor @ www.Mary4Music.com
2011 Keeping the Blues Alive Recipient
The Louis Armstrong Decca Sessions: A Classic Mosaic Box Set, Now Available Again
It’s back: Mosaic’s classic 7-CD box set, The Complete Louis Armstrong Decca Sessions (1935-46). Ted Panken said of this collection in DownBeat, “no corpus of jazz recordings carries greater influence than the 169 tracks that make up this set, documenting the maestro at the peak of his powers when vigor and maturity equally coexisted.” Listen to Kevin Whitehead’s assessment on NPR’s Fresh Air, punctuated with illustrations of Armstrong’s mastery.
To listen to more samples and to order your set, go here.