Blogger apparently swallowed a couple of my posts into an impenetrable black hole where neither time, space or computer bits can escape. If I was smart I would have saved the post for re-posting, but instead, I'm going to break into Tom Hull mode for some brief reviews:
Robert Johnson - The Centennial Collection Hard to believe it has been twenty years since the original issue of The Complete Recordings of Robert Johnson captured the imagination of the music world. This re-issue, timed to coincide with the 100th anniversary of Johnson's birth has a major sonic revision of the music, and it sounds phenomenal. As great as Johnson's guitar playing was, I've always been captivated by his voice whether playing hokum like "They're Red Hot" or back alley stuff like "Me and the Devil Blues."
Anthony Wilson - Campo Belo Wilson leads an atmospheric sounding quartet (on a few occasions they have added accordion for texture) on this ballad heavy set. The quartet investigates a variety of textures from acoustic guitar and brushes to swinging electric guitar with a full drum kit. A. Wilson Campo Belo ballad and mid temp oriented around solid guitar and lush piano. Break loose a few times for good post-bop.
Charlie Parr - When The Devil Goes Blind Charlie Parr does some mean pickin' and singin' on When the Devil Goes Blind. Deep dark blues akin to Otis Taylor: hard blues for hard times. Singing about love and loss, the downturn of the economy and the potential lift of spirituality, Parr is the real deal.
P.S. How does Tom Hull do it? He must be the most organized person on the planet. The Doctor says I have OCD and even I can't even begin to keep the music in order.
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