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 it's sophisticated, international, atmospheric yet free, cool and warm.
I was first exposed to jazz through the sultry voice and flawless swing of my mother.
I met Mark Murphy, David Linx, Kurt Elling, and Youn Sun Nah.
The best show I ever attended was Youn Sun Nah in Paris.
The first jazz record I bought was Native Dancer by Wayne Shorter and Milton Nascimento
My advice to new listeners: open your mind and your ears, forget about structure, feel the textures.
Go see live music and keep buying CDs!