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Little Milton, 71, has co-written ten new songs for this album along with members of his band. Following in the shadow of his trademark anthem "The Blues is Alright," Milton now adds "The Blues is My Companion," where he waxes poetically with an oral biography that suits you and me and everybody else who has ever felt the blues hanging on. He sings, "You see, the blues has been my roommate ever since the day you walked out the door." And his searing guitar drives the message home.
"Feel Like a Man" defines Little Milton's Mississippi Delta manner, as he sings of hope and despair. He builds us up and lets us find the way, reminding us convincingly that, "For so many days, in so many ways, you make me feel like a man." His songs, salve for the soul, are all about the forces that drive us, well, part of the time. Romance, after all, plays a large part in everyone's life.
"I'll Be" extends beyond romantic thoughtsLittle Milton sings, "Most folks would have given up" and "I'll be there for ya." These words of encouragement apply to our everyday situations as much as personal relationships.
"Next To You" changes the pace with a rambunctious arrangement that features Jon Tiven's guitar in a funk-driven background mood, as well as earthy backup vocals by Scat Springs. Together, Little Milton and the band underscore his inspirational messages with powerful musical arrangements that reinforce. He gives his audience good feelings.
Track Listing: Gonna Find Me Somebody to Love; Let Your Love Rain Down on Me; The Blues is My Companion; Something Wonderful; Gone with the Wind; I'll Be; Next to You; Think of Me (Thinking of You); Reconsider Me; Second Hand Love; Feel Like a Man; That's Where It's At.
Personnel: Little Milton- vocals, guitar; Jon Tiven- guitar, harmonica, percussion; Bruce Katz- organ; Sally Tiven- bass; Chuckie Burke- drums; Peter Shoulder- guitar; Ellis Hooks, Scat Springs- background vocals; Billy Block- drums on "The Blues is My Companion" and "Something Wonderful;" Mark Sorrells- piano on "Let Your Love Rain Down on Me;" Per Hanson- drums on "Let Your Love Rain Down on Me."
I love jazz because anything is possible; it has few rules and the best jazz breaks those ones. I prefer free improv because it doesn't really have any rules at all.
I was first exposed to jazz in my teens (in the late sixties).
The first jazz record I bought was Filles de Kilimanjaro by Miles Davis, shortly followed by Extrapolation by John McLaughlin.
My advice to new listeners is to listen as widely as possible and not to make snap judgments--stick with it.