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While critics and fans have long appreciated Otis Rush's role in the founding of West Side Chicago blues, fame has eluded the bluesman for most of his career. "If there were any justice," wrote Bill Dahl in the San Francisco Chronicle, "guitarist Otis Rush would occupy the same exalted position ... as his longtime friend Buddy Guy." Rush first came to the public's attention when Cobra Records released "I Can't Quit You Baby" in 1956, introducing the minor key song with jazz flavorings onto the blues scene. But although Rush's musical career has been plagued with bad luck and record deals gone sour, he continues undaunted. Born in Philadelphia, Mississippi, in 1934, Rush was one of seven children born to O.C

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Article: Blues Deluxe

Autumn 2022

Read "Autumn 2022" reviewed by Doug Collette


Blues Deluxe is a regular column comprised of pithy takes on recent blues and roots-music releases of note, spotlighting titles in those genres that might otherwise go unnoticed under the cultural radar. Grant Dermody Behind The Sun Self Produced 2022 This roughly fifty-minute excursion into the ...

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Article: Blues Deluxe

Winter 2022

Read "Winter 2022" reviewed by Doug Collette


Blues Deluxe is a regular column comprised of pithy takes on recent blues and roots-music releases of note, spotlighting titles in those genres that might otherwise go unnoticed under the cultural radar. The Ronnie Wood Band Mr. Luck: A Tribute to Jimmy Reed Live at the Royal Albert Hall BMG

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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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Article: Book Review

Guitar King: Michael Bloomfield's Life in the Blues

Read "Guitar King: Michael Bloomfield's Life in the Blues" reviewed by Doug Collette


Guitar King: Michael Bloomfield's Life in the Blues David Dann 776 Pages ISBN: #978-1477318775 University of Texas Press 2019 Through a combination of journalistic objectivity, scholarly attention to detail and the passion of a fan, author David Dann accomplishes exactly what he professes to achieve in his 'Prologue' to ...

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Article: Live Review

2016 Montreal Jazz Festival: June 29 - July 1, 2016

Read "2016 Montreal Jazz Festival: June 29 - July 1, 2016" reviewed by Mark Sullivan


Festival International de Jazz de Montréal Montréal, Canada June 29-July 9, 2016 When they say the Montreal Jazz Festival is the biggest in the world, they're not kidding. Several city blocks full of concert venues, outdoor stages, and vendors. There are six seated concert venues on the grounds, and another six just ...

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Article: Profile

Claude Nobs: We All Came Out To Montreux...

Read "Claude Nobs: We All Came Out To Montreux..." reviewed by Ian Patterson


Montreux Jazz Festival is fifty. It's a significant milestone and cause for celebration. No doubt there will be an added festive element to this year's edition of the festival, founded by Claude Nobs—along with pianist Géo Voumard and writer René Langel—in 1967. Yet for many, the celebrations will be tinged with sadness due to the absence ...

Article: Film Review

Joe Louis Walker - Live in Istanbul

Read "Joe Louis Walker - Live in Istanbul" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


Joe Louis Walker Live in Istanbul MVD Visual Valutazione: * * * 2015 Un Louis Walker energico e pimpante, più giovane di vent'anni (oggi ne ha 67), è il protagonista di questo DVD ripreso a Istanbul in uno dei periodi più felici della sua carriera. Tra i protagonisti ...

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Article: Album Review

Lucky Peterson: The Son Of A Bluesman

Read "The Son Of  A Bluesman" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky


When the multi-talented Lucky Peterson sings of blues in his blood, it's not merely figurative boasting; Peterson's pedigree reads like a partial history of the music. Peterson was born into the blues, growing up in a home where his father--James Peterson--played guitar, sang, and passed on his gifts to his offspring. More importantly, ...

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Article: Live Review

Buddy Guy at the NYCB Theatre at Westbury

Read "Buddy Guy at the NYCB Theatre at Westbury" reviewed by Mike Perciaccante


Buddy Guy with Special Guest Quinn Sullivan NYCB Theatre at Westbury Westbury, NY October 3, 2013 Legendary Chicago guitarist Buddy Guy has seen and done it all. He is one of the greatest guitarists of his generation. The Louisiana-born, Guy was exposed to the blues at a young ...


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