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Recorded live at various venues, including John Sinclair's annual birthday show at the Press Room in Portsmouth, NH, Steady Rollin’ Man updates and introduces Sinclair’s fans to his latest tributes, rants and observations. Backing Sinclair's sit-and-listen prose are the free-form swirls of Devil-ish guitarist Ted Drozdowski, spiritual drummer Eric Austin and roadhouse bassist Mike Yocco, all of whom fall in and out in a mutually-supportive group dynamic. From excerpts of Thelonious Monk (whose wild key style is loosely interpreted by Matt Jensen) to biographical tributes to Sunnyland Slim, Robert Johnson and the late Henry Normile, Sinclair soars and dives through basic roots and existential questions, his gruff roar rasping away at the ears and collective consciousness of his arrested listeners. Taking words and inspiration from musical neighbors like Mac Rebennack, Ray Charles and Charles Neville, Sinclair puts history and music across in a new way, taking it all down a long and loose Bayou-bound track.
Track Listing: 1. Bruce Pingree's Introduction
2. Monk in Orbit
4. Double Dealing
5. My Buddy
6. Just Don't Say No
7. Sunnyland Train
8. Hellhound on My Trail
9. Louisiana Blues
10. History 101
11. from "Homage to John Coltrane"
Year Released: 2002
| Record Label: TriPup
| Style: Blues
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.