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Sleepy John Estes

Sleepy John Estes - Blues Singer, guitarist (1904 - 1977) The history of the blues has been so vaguely and haphazardly set down that it is difficult, if not impossible, to separate fact from legend. In the veiled and colorful world of the blues-singer this is true to such an extent that many bluesmen extend poetic license from their song lyrics into their everyday life. The story of John Adam Estes has especially been one clothed in the rich trappings of legend. For years, students of jazz and folk music have been listening to Sleepy John Estes records in awe of his unique singing style

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Taj Mahal & Keb' Mo': TajMo

Read "TajMo" reviewed by James Nadal

When two generations of blues giants as Taj Mahal and Keb' Mo' teamed up for the production TajMo, the best of both personalities and talents merged for an adventurous take on traditional blues. Taj Mahal's recording trajectory goes back to the late 1960's, when he released Taj Mahal, quickly followed by The Natch'l Blues, both on ...

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Borneo Jazz 2011

Read "Borneo Jazz 2011" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Borneo JazzMiri, Sarawak, BorneoMay 12-15, 2011 Borneo Jazz--known as the Miri International Jazz Festival for the previous five editions--has undergone a certain amount of rebranding in an effort to promote its growing stature as one of the leading jazz festivals in the region. This year the festival has increased from two to ...

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Storyville Records: A Treasure Trove of Swinging Jazz

Read "Storyville Records: A Treasure Trove of Swinging Jazz" reviewed by Chris May

Since its foundation during the European revivalist movement of the early 1950s, Copenhagen-based Storyville Records has grown into a major repository of New Orleans, big band and mainstream recordings. With something approaching 600 releases in its back catalogue, the label is a treasure trove of jazz that swings. Founded in 1952 by Danish jazz ...

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Junior Wells & the Aces: Live In Boston 1966

Read "Live In Boston 1966" reviewed by Nic Jones

Here's a particularly potent exercise in musical archaeology. By the time the year of this recording rolled around, blues singer/harmonicist Junior Wells had been in the music game for nearly fifteen years, and it seems as though every one of those had been a period of learning. What's particularly interesting is that Wells elected to play ...

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Roy Gaines & His Orchestra: ­"Tuxedo Blues" Streets November 1

Jazz, blues, R&B and soul—legendary guitarist/vocalist/composer Roy Gaines, who has made a name for himself as a versatile master craftsmen playing music beyond category in a career spanning over seven decades, brings his vast wealth of experience all together on Tuxedo Blues. Fronting a full size jazz orchestra, the likes of which is seldom heard these ...

On 80 Highway

Label: Delmark Records
Released: 2008
Track listing: Love Grows In Your Heart; Potato Diggin' Man; Talk; I'll Be Glad When You're Dead; Holy Spirit; 80 Highway; When The Saints Go Marching In; Corrine, Corrine; President Kennedy (Take 14); IGA; T Model Ford; Do Lord Remember Me; Vernita Blues; Mary Comes On Home; President Kennedy (Take 13); Talk; Brownsville Blues.

On The Chicago Blues Scene

Label: Delmark Records
Released: 2008
Track listing: 01. I Ain't Gonna Sell It; 02. Laura Had A Dream; 03. Divin' Duck Blues; 04. Walking Down Beale Street; 05. Everybody Oughta Make A Change; 06. Need More Blues; 07. Drop Down Mama; 08. Airplane Blues; 09. How To Sing These Blues; 10. Sweet Little Flower; 11. May West; 12. Easin' Back to Tennessee; 13. Newport Blues

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Sleepy John Estes: On 80 Highway

Read "On 80 Highway" reviewed by Nic Jones

Such was the fallout from the blues boom of the 1960s that Sleepy John Estes and his compadre Hammie Nixon cut this album just prior to leaving for their first visit to Japan back in July of 1974. Both men might be said to have been in their dotage at the time, with Estes in particular ...

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Sleepy John Estes: On 80 Highway

Read "On 80 Highway" reviewed by John Barron

Tennessee blues legend Sleepy John Estes (1904-1977) spent the early part of his career recording sides for the Victor, Bluebird and Decca labels. In his later years, Estes was recorded in Chicago by Delmark Records. On 80 Highway, recorded in 1974, is a previously unreleased session from the Delmark vaults featuring Estes singing and playing guitar ...


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