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Label: Blue Mood Records/Grappa
Released: 2020
Track listing: Blues Spirit; Blues for Spann; Blues De Lux; Blues Melancholy; Blues in Stride.

Ruth Davies

Photos on the Steinway grand in Ruth's living room reflect her musical career. Several pictures get one's attention. Her mother, a music teacher, inspired Ruth to earn a music Bachelor of Arts degree. Mom poses with Dad in front of a venerable Harley Davidson motorbike. There's a group of young musicians glowing during a workshop. Ruth embracing Toots Thielemans in a Baku caravansary. Ruth playing at Bill Clinton's inauguration. Ruth hamming it up with singer Jackie Ryan and composer Amina Figarova. Some photos include celebrities or famous musicians. Others simply grab one's interest. What a life Ruth has had! Ruth has performed with such jazz and blues greats as Keb' Mo', Charles Brown, Clark Terry, John Lee Hooker, Bonnie Raitt, Jay McShann, Van Morrison, Maria Muldaur, Junior Mance, Barbara Morrison, Etta Jones, Terry Gibbs, Jimmy Witherspoon, and Little Jimmy Scott. Her discography (including several Platinum and Grammy-winning CDs) covers various jazz and blues styles as well as movie soundtracks

Mike Felten

He’s been accused of trafficking in “Outsider Americana.” Perhaps a better handle for Mike Felten’s highly distinctive musical approach would be “Chicagoana.” The Windy City is deeply and inexorably ingrained in the veteran singer-songwriter’s mesmerizing musical odes, right down to the names of streets that he’s wandered down and the shady characters haunting them in decades past. Mike knows where all the bones are buried and he’s not shy about letting us in on the secrets, blending folk, blues, and rock influences to spread the news. Even in the middle of a pandemic, Mike’s muse hasn’t deserted him, although Fast Mikey Blue Eyes, his sixth studio CD for his own Landfill label (2017’s roots album of the year, 'Diamonds and Televisions,' was his previous release), was nearly completed when the virus hit

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Claes Janson

Claes Janson is one of Sweden's truly broad-based artist, if not a jack of many trades. He sings rhythm and blues, jazz and songs, he interprets the popular versifiers Cornelis Vreeswijk,Povel Ramel, Carl Michael Bellman and Evert Taube, he's part of everything from small groups to big bands including such well known ones as Good Morning Blues, Ohman&Janson VSOP and Velvet Boys. Through the past 30 years he has also collaborated with Sandvik Big Band, Mel Lewis Orchestra,Stockholm Jazz Orchestra, Norrbotten Big Band,Monday Night Big Band, Bohuslan Big Band, Nogenja, NDR Big Band Hamburg, BRT Big Band Bryssel, Danish Radio Big Band,Georg Riedel,Arne Domnerus, Nils Landgren, Ulf Wakenius, Joe Newman, Harry Edison, Hank Crawford, Red Mitchell, Eddie Harris, Jimmy Witherspoon, Georgie Fame and others

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Uffe Steen

Danish guitar-virtuoso and local hero, Uffe Steen, is slowly but surely making his presence felt on the internet with his absolutely breathtaking chops and imaginative playing. As a lefty, growing up with only a right hand guitar around, Steen wasted no time – he just flipped it and got busy playing upside down. By the time he learned that the strings were supposed to go the other way, he was already neck-deep in developing his own style. This pragmatic approach to the instrument might be part of what makes his playing so unique. As a young man, Steen actually studied the clarinet, not the guitar, at the Royal Academy of Music in Denmark. Luckily for us, he chose to devote his attention to the guitar after finishing his studies

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Five Guitarists With the Blues

Five Guitarists With the Blues

By 1971, my family had moved out of Manhattan for the northern reaches of Westchester County. I wasn't happy about being there, but it was better than dealing with overcrowded classrooms in the city and muggings in school stairways. Craving the city at 15, I started taking the train into New York to spend hours at ...

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B/Y Organism

At 20 years old, Daniel Bulatkin is already one of the leading voices of young jazz in the Czech Republic. Despite his age he actively collaborates with world-famous players such as Ulf Wakenius, Justin Faulkner, Tineke Postma and Gergo Borlai. Kirill Yakovlev is a skilled crossover guitarist and composer well-known from his previous project CIRILIC, but also from many projects where he performs as sideman. This duo cooperates with highly in-demand European drummers such as Utsi Zimring or Petr Nohavica. Balancing between piano and organ; guitar, duduk and balalaika; drums, exotic percussion and electronics; Organism seeks to create unforgettable music textures and powerful rhythms

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Matteo Mosolo

Eccentric and versatile musician, curious and committed artist, always alerted to new things but also loving music history from jazz to rock, to classical music. Matteo Mosolo was born in 1985 and has begun to play and record in North Italy since 2001. Graduated in classical double bass at Conservatoio di Udine in 2011 he regularly collaborates with local orchestras and had the pleasure to play in Wien Musikverein with Japan Music Orchestra. He studied jazz double bass since 2008 improving his skills with Paolino Dalla Porta and attending masterclasses and workshops with Anto Pett, Francesco Bearzatti, Tristan Honsinger, Bebo Ferra and more


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