Here's a fine collection of 14 blues originals featuring some hot Texas guitar playing and great pumping horns. Long John Hunter is a Louisiana native who lives in El Paso, Tex., where he's become something of a border blues legend. Hunter worked in a box factory until 1953 when a B.B. King performance inspired him to take up the guitar. Swinging From The Rafters is the second Alligator release from the 66-year-old blues slinger.
Highlights include "I Don't Care," a classic down-and-out number that brings to mind Doc Pomus, the swinging shuffle "Bugs On My Window," and the funky "Take It Home With You." Hunter's voice is a cross between John Mayall and B.B. King, while his guitar work will remind you of Albert Collins. The horn section is led by Austin saxman Mark "Kaz" Kazanoff, one of my favorite blues blowers.
"Swinging From The Rafters" is a fun release from a border bluesman who's finally getting some well-deserved national attention.
I love jazz because it swings.
I was first exposed to jazz in Houston.
I met Joe LoCascio and Bob Henschen.
The best show I ever attended was Pat Martino.
The first jazz record I bought was Time Out by the Dave Brubeck Quartet.
My advice to new listeners is to relax on 2 and 4 beats.