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John Mayall


John Mayall - vocal, harmonica, organ, piano, guitar, John Mayall was born 29th of November 1933 in Macclesfield, a small English village near the industrial hub of Manchester—a far cry at that time from the black American blues culture we are familiar with today. The eldest of three from humble working class origins, and in the shadow of WWII, this skinny English lad grew up listening to his guitarist father's extensive jazz record collection and felt drawn to the blues. Strongly influenced by such greats as Leadbelly, Albert Ammons, Pinetop Smith, and Eddie Lang, from the age of 13 he taught himself to play and develop his own style with the aid of a neighbor's piano, borrowed guitars, and secondhand harmonicas. John Mayall's first brush with fame, however, was not for his music


Live In 1967 - Volume Three

Label: Forty Below Records
Released: 2023
Track listing: Brand New Start; Tears In My Eyes; Stand Back Baby; Greeny; Talk To Your Daughter; Your Funeral And My Trial; The Stumble; Double Trouble


Article: Extended Analysis

Funky Nothingness

Read "Funky Nothingness" reviewed by Mario Calvitti

A quasi trent'anni dalla scomparsa e dopo il passaggio dell'intero catalogo alla Universal, prosegue al ritmo di quattro titoli all'anno la pubblicazione di album inediti di Frank Zappa. Dopo l'uscita di Mudd Club/Munich 1980, album francamente non imprescindibile a meno di essere appassionati del periodo centrato sull'album Sheik Yerbouti, ma comunque gratificato da numerosi eccellenti assoli ...


Article: Album Review

John Mayall's Bluesbreakers: Live In 1967 - Volume Three

Read "Live In 1967 - Volume Three" reviewed by Doug Collette

Perhaps it is just the cumulative effect of what this title represents as the third and last release in a series of similarly- designated editions, but a dramatic sense of history arises from mere perusal of the artwork adorning John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers' Live in 1967 -Volume Three. The black and white graphic ...


Article: Extended Analysis

A Supreme Love

Read "A Supreme Love" reviewed by Duncan Heining

Alan Skidmore is one of the finest saxophonists to come out of the United Kingdom, Europe or indeed anywhere. In fact, it was hearing Skidmore's tenor solo on “Have You Heard?" from John Mayall's Bluesbreakers with Eric Clapton (Decca, 1966) that encouraged a young Michael Brecker to take up the instrument. Skidmore had also served his ...


The Sun Is Shining Down

Label: Forty Below Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: Hungry and Ready; Can't Take No More; I'm As Good As Gone; Got to Find A Better Way; Chills and Thrills; One Special Lady; A Quitter Never Wins; Deep Blue Sea; Driving Wheel; the Sun Is Shining Down.


Article: Album Review

John Mayall: The Sun Is Shining Down

Read "The Sun Is Shining Down" reviewed by Scott Gudell

British blues master John Mayall can still turn out a rich collection of originals and covers six decades, and approximately sixty albums, after his first songs were released in the early 1960s. Add the fact that he still has a knack for enlisting top guitarists--this time Mayall spotlights Mississippi born/Chicago bred Melvin Taylor among others--and it ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Jazz and a Little Blues with Mike Holober and John Mayall

Read "Jazz and a Little Blues with Mike Holober and John Mayall" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

This show mixes a bit of blues and soul with jazz vocals, guitar, and large ensembles. Musicians involved include John Mayall, Mike Holober, the DIVA Jazz Orchestra, and Karrin Allyson. Playlist Henry Threadgill Sextett “I Can't Wait Till I Get Home" from The Complete Novus & Columbia Recordings of Henry Threadgill & Air (Mosaic) ...

Article: Album Review

John Mayall: The First Generation 1965-1974

Read "The First Generation 1965-1974" reviewed by Maurizio Comandini

Se gli inglesi hanno soprannominato “The Godfather of the British Blues" l'imperturbabile John Mayall una ragione ci sarà... La malavita non c'entra nulla, per fortuna, ma c'entra tantissimo la buona musica e la capacità di organizzarla partendo da zero, o quasi. John Mayall è nato a Macclesfield, il 29 novembre del 1933. ...


Article: Interview

Brian Auger's Revolution In Jazz

Read "Brian Auger's Revolution In Jazz" reviewed by Jim Santella

This interview first appeared at All About Jazz in November 2000. Born and raised in jny: London, Brian Auger came up through those crazy years in music. The 1960s were all about change. Things were being done in jazz that hadn't been considered earlier. Lifestyles and values were changing too, and that was affecting ...


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