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Zora Young and Little Mike and the Tornadoes: Friday Night

Read "Friday Night" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey


If some wary Baby Boomers looks that the cover of Zora Young & Little Mike and the Tornados' Friday Night and feels a 50-year old tickle of recognition, it is not a sign of old age but the memory of the recording the cover alludes to: John Mayall's Blues Breakers with Eric Clapton (Decca, 1966) one of the more important musical products of the British Invasion. Authenticity of the music's origins became irrelevant at the time as like jazz, the ...

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Zora Young: The French Connection

Read "The French Connection" reviewed by Nic Jones


In Zora Young's case the “connection" isn't superficial, and her twenty plus tours of France prove it. Bobby Dirninger is the principal instrumentalist on this album and he's made the journey (or should that be pilgrimage?) only the other way around. It's clear that his transatlantic trips haven't been wasted either, as he provides Young with a backing which is both in the pocket and loose enough to suggest a musician who knows instinctively that there's more to the blues ...

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Zora Young: Sunnyland

Read "Sunnyland" reviewed by John Barron


Sunnyland is a straight-up blues release from Chicago vocalist Zora Young. With the help of guitar legend Hubert Sumlin and saxophonist/producer Sam Burckhardt, the veteran Young, who has previously recorded for Delmark Records, pays tribute to the late pianist Albert Luandrew, a.k.a Sunnyland Slim (1907-1995).Both Sumlin and Young worked with Sunnyland, as well as Burckhardt, bassist Bob Stroger and guitarist Steve Freund. The spirit of Sunnyland is felt through two of the pianist's classic tunes, “Goin' Back to ...


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