Thursday, March 23, 2017

John McLaughlin & Joe Zawinul - "In a Silent Way"

A very early birthday wish for a guy who opened many doors in the music blogging world for me--a man who travels the 'net in a Silent Way but leaves a lasting impression.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

James Cotton blows steam from a harmonica

James Cotton Blues Band - Full Concert
Recorded Live: 6/15/1973 - Winterland (San Francisco, CA) - (Thank YOU, Bill Graham, for keeping this venue open!)

Crazy Mixed-Up World
Rocket 88
Born In Missouri
Don't Start Me Talking
Georgia Swing

James Cotton - vocals, harmonica
Matt "Guitar" Murphy - guitar
George T. Gregory - tenor saxophone
Charles Calmese - bass
Kenny Johnson - drums

James Cotton had some mighty big shoes to fill when he replaced Muddy Water's harmonica player, Little Walter, in 1954. Having learned how to wail from none other than Sonny Boy Williamson himself, Cotton was well prepared and over the next 12 years, he played an integral role in Muddy Water's music as well as the Chicago blues scene in general. By 1966, he was prepared to make it on his own and formed the James Cotton Blues Band, releasing his debut album for Verve the following year. 

Along with the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Cotton's band soon became favorites among the burgeoning blues/rock scene in San Francisco, through memorable performances at the Fillmore and rock venues across America. In the 1970s, he formed the James Cotton Band, featuring the outstanding guitarist, Matt "Guitar" Murphy. This band became legendary, playing to packed houses around the world. Cotton's blazing harmonica and the masterful instrumental abilities of this band dazzled everyone who listened and the group's relentless high energy, more often than not, had audiences up on their feet, dancing, screaming and sweating right along from the minute Cotton took to the stage. 

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Soul/Blues Giants onstage: B.B. King & James Brown (and Michael Jackson)

Can. You. Feel. It?! Tell me again: CAN. YOU. FEEL. IT?!? 

One Special Night unites James Brown, the Godfather of Soul, and legendary blues singer and guitarist BB King, in this once in a lifetime live performance, to an invitation only, VIP audience. In attendance was Michael Jackson, who was surprised when asked out of the audience to perform his famous 'moonwalk' on stage. 
The two stars worked together to provide a memorable night with many of their best hits. The track list includes 'Let The Good Times Roll,' 'The Thrill Is Gone' and 'Guess Who' by BB King and 'Payback,' 'Prisoner Of Love' and 'Gonna Have A Funky Good Time' by James Brown. (1985)

1. Let The Good Times Roll - BB King
2. Guess Who - BB King
3. The Thrill Is Gone - BB King
4. The Payback - James Brown
5. Doing It To Death (Gonna Have A Funky Good Time) - James Brown
6. Prisoner Of Love - James Brown
7. Georgia On My Mind - James Brown
8. Get On The Good Foot - James Brown
9. I Got The Feelin' - James Brown
10. It's A Man's, Man's, Man's World - James Brown
11. Medley: Hot Pants / Cold Sweat / I Can't Stand Myself / Papa's Got A Brand New Bag / Please, Please, Please / Jam / Sex Machine - James Brown
12. Sweet Little Angel - James Brown & BB King
13. Jam - James Brown & BB King

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Jackson Browne rocks with a folk singer's heart in concert

James Taylor was emotionally sensitive and deep in his picking and feelings, but Jackson Browne was a folk singer painting words and music on a rock 'n' roll canvas. That's why he's featured here now--and my thanks to him for bringing David Lindley to my imagination, ESPECIALLY on "Redneck Friend."

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Roger Hodgson recaptures the magic of Supertramp in concert

Starting off with "In Jeopardy"--If ever there was a timely song for today's tumultuous day-to-day upheavals...the lead singer, songwriter, and guitarist from Supertramp captures it here, along with some gems from the band's best years.