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Los Blues, a quartet of musicians with the old-fashioned front porch Chicago blues sound, step up again on San Antonio Bound. The record offers great blues harp playing along with the deep mellow sound of the harp player's voice, interspersed with riding, distinctive, clear cut guitar licks. Two of the tracks are in Spanish, adding a new dimension of international flavor to the American blues sound. Of the 14 numbers, four are covers: "Just Your Fool" by Little Walter Jacobs, "Baby Please" by Percy Mayfield, "Further On Up the Road" by Bobby Bland, and Robert Johnson's famous "Walking Blues." Los Blues consists of a harmonica player, lead guitarist, bassist and drummer. These Northern California musicians know how to keep your interest, as evident in the original words, rhythm, and story line of "Handsome Cat." Close your eyes when listening to "Walking Blues," and you may think you are back in a juke joint on a Friday night, a hot harmonica in the background. Finally, the rhythm section keeps your ears glued to each beat of each measure, as you anticipate the next riff, lick or verse. San Antonio Bound is the second release for this blues band, and hopefully it will lead to many future recordings.
To order San Antonio Bound contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call Romero Martinez at (707) 838-8808
Track Listing: Just Your Fool, Maria, Love You So, San Antonio Bound, Wasted Days and
Wasted Nights, See It In Your Eyes, Willie's Boogie, Baby Please,
Handsome Cat, Further On Up the Road, Walking Blues, Nags Me All the
Time, Learning The Blues, Blues Para Tio Chago
Personnel: Homero Martinez (harmonica and vocals); Phil Ajioka (lead guitar and
vocals); Bill Wolfe (bass); Allen McDaniel (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.