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Junior Wells’ Chicago Blues Band: Hoodoo Man Blues

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Being inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame could, in the overall scheme of things, mean everything or nothing, considering that Hoodoo Man Blues is as powerful an example of the Chicago Blues as has ever been captured on record. Singer/harmonicist Junior Wells was one of those surprisingly rare individuals who knew how to stir an audience without showboating, and if one had been present on these recording sessions from September 22 and 23, 1965, chances are ...

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Junior Wells & the Aces: Live In Boston 1966

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Here's a particularly potent exercise in musical archaeology. By the time the year of this recording rolled around, blues singer/harmonicist Junior Wells had been in the music game for nearly fifteen years, and it seems as though every one of those had been a period of learning. What's particularly interesting is that Wells elected to play this gig in the company of the Aces, the band that helped to make Little Walter famous. The resulting unit is tighter than tight, ...


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