Category Archives: Liner Notes

EDDIE VINSON

Muse MR 5310 – Eddie “Cleanhead” Vinson, “Sings the Blues” [1985]          This is a lot different to my previous Vinson set… all vocals! Not quite a greatest hits package, it does cherry pick from three Vinson albums for Joe. … Continue reading

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WILBERT

Savoy Jazz 1182 – Wilbert Harrison,  “Listen to My Song” [featuring Mickey Baker] Hmm… probably the best known and most successful (from the standpoint of the charts of the New York City area blues artists. I mean, “Kansas City” was … Continue reading

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BROWNIE

Savoy Jazz 1204 – Brownie McGhee, “Jumpin’ the Blues” When the name Brownie McGhee comes up in any discussions by blues mavens, it’s usually as the beginning of a longer word: brownieandsonny. McGhee and Terry were a factor in the … Continue reading

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TJ FOWLER

Savoy Jazz 1187 – T.J. Fowler, “and His Rockin’ Jump Band, featuring Calvin Frazier” “Jump, little children, jump!” [1] That seems to have been the order of the day in black popular music of the immediate post-war era (the late … Continue reading

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The Clean Machine

Muse MR 5116 – Eddie “Cleanhead” Vinson, “The Clean Machine” [1978] Eddie Vinson… Mr. Cleanhead… a name that conjures up the image of a bald-headed blues singer popular during the fifties. It’s a truthful image, but an incomplete one, for … Continue reading

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BUDDY MOSS – notes

LP & CD Biograph 12019 – Buddy Moss, “Rediscovery” Georgia….. Georgia, the land of cotton-fields and Army bases and miserable red soil; where the economic status of a town may be gauged by the number of pawn shops on its … Continue reading

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ODDENDA & SUCH: #94

Joe Fields, a driving force in the jazz music business for over 50 years, passed away on Wednesday, July 12, 2017.  He was 88 years old. Joe was born in Jersey City, N.J. in 1929 and raised in Brooklyn. He … Continue reading

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TRIX 3319 – Honeyboy Edwards: “I’ve Been Around”

3319: David “Honeyboy” Edwards – “I’ve Been Around”   Original LP and CD re-release       When David “Honeyboy” Edwards finally decided to settle in Chicago, he’d had a good twenty years on the road as an itinerant blues musician. He has travelled … Continue reading

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TRIX 3317 – Robert Jr. Lockwood: “…Does 12”

3317: Robert Jr. Lockwood – “…Does 12”       Robert Lockwood is different. He is different from many of his contemporaries because he is into musical evolution. He is entirely unlike many bluesmen who, for years, played the same songs In … Continue reading

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TRIX 3316 – Big Chief Ellis: “Big Chief Ellis”

3316: Big Chief Ellis – “Big Chief Ellis”    Those who seek after music often remind me of anthropologists. We rarely consider an area ripe for research unless it is geographically and culturally remote. How else to explain the fact … Continue reading

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