sábado, 8 de mayo de 2010

CD - Robert Jr Lockwood & The Aces,Blues Alive Vol I / Vol II

Recorded in concert at Tokyo's Yubin Chokin Hall on November 27 and 28, 1974, Blues Live In Japan teams Robert Lockwood, Jr. with The Aces (Louis Myers on guitar and harmonica, brother Dave on bass and Fred Below on drums), who backed him so splendidly on Delmark's Steady Rollin' Man album. Kicking off with "Sweet Home Chicago," the interplay between Lockwood and Myers is both empathetic and respectful. A jazzy "Going Down Slow" and a Robert Johnson-style "Worried Life Blues" are next, setting the stage for Louis Myers' slide work on "Anna Lee" and Mercy Dee Walton's "One Room Country Shack." Lockwood returns center-stage on a great version of "Stormy Monday" and his own "Feel All Right Again" before mixing it up with The Aces on "Honky Tonk." The album closes with great versions of "Mean Black Spider" and the encore, "Little and Low," on which Louis Myers blows harp with great passion. The response from the Japanese crowd is so overwhelming that you actually feel the musicians being swept away by it all (the usually taciturn Lockwood even acknowledges this before the encore in his usual phlegmatic way), a sure sign of emotions running rampant and one great live session as a result of it.

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