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Da Blooze. The Backsters are a merry little quartet who play a stripped-down brand of Chicago blues that bleeds into and takes advantage of the current swing craze. The songs are the standard fair, some wise choices (“Three Times a Fool”, “Tilt A Whirl”), some not so wise (“Further on Up The Road”, “Caledonia”). All songs are characterized by the fine, bell-like tone of John Marx’s guitar and Joel Peskin’s bar-walkin’ tenor saxophone. This is music that owes more to T Bone Walker and B.B. King than to Muddy Waters and Buddy Guy.
What’s New?. The last ground-breaking bluesman was Stevie Ray Vaughan, and he really was only an extension of Jimi Hendrix. So is there really a need of another blues band. The answer is YES! And recorded live to boot. In spite of an old formula, leather-worn standards, and a ride on current coattails, the Backsters make the music as fresh and immediate at a hot bratwurst and a cold Old Style at Soldier Field on a Fall night. There is always room.
Track Listing: Three Times a Fool; Caledonia; Hold It Right There; Mean Old World; Further On Up The Road Later Than You Think; Reconsider Baby; These Blues; Tilt a Whirl; Years Go Passing By (Total Playing Time 52:54).
Personnel: Joel C. Peskin: Tenor Saxophone; John Marx: Vocals, Guitar; Domenic Genova: Acoustic and Electric Basses; Mike Kowalski: Drums.
I love jazz because anything is possible; it has few rules and the best jazz breaks those ones. I prefer free improv because it doesn't really have any rules at all.
I was first exposed to jazz in my teens (in the late sixties).
The first jazz record I bought was Filles de Kilimanjaro by Miles Davis, shortly followed by Extrapolation by John McLaughlin.
My advice to new listeners is to listen as widely as possible and not to make snap judgments--stick with it.