Wednesday, September 26, 2018

When The Music's Over ...

... it is time to say good bye! For professional reasons my personal journey through the world of music ends at this point. I want to thank everybody for following over the years, being a friend, visitor or guest. Have a good time, keep the blues alive and your eyes open: maybe I'll come back or start a new blog sometime.

All the best

The BluesGambler

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Wayne Baker Brooks 2004 Mystery

Genre: Blues
Rate: 320 kbps CBR / 44100
Time: 00:54:31
Size: 124,72 MB

United States

Album Notes

It is indeed a Mystery when that rare artist appears who magically takes a classic genre, like the blues, and presents it in a dazzling new light. Singer, guitarist, songwriter Wayne Baker Brooks is such an artist - as revealed on this incredible debut CD release.

Mystery clearly illustrates Brooks uncanny grasp of what is essential in not only blues, but great music overall. This project offers 13 untouchable songs such as Root of my soul, Mystery, Baby, Stop, and Exiled - each performed with a truth that can only be expressed through deep talent.

Naturally, it doesn't hurt that musical genius is part of Wayne Baker Brooks lineage, as his father, Lonnie Brooks, is a blues hero of world-wide acclaim or that Buddy Guy, Junior Wells, Koko Taylor, & Luther Allison to name but a few, are considered friends whom Wayne would tour and regularly jam with.

But what is most important is that Wayne Baker Brooks has taken this incredible heritage to heart, made it his own and, with the help of an elite group of musicians, poured it into an astounding debut CD - Mystery.


01 - Mystery 05:03

02 - Baby Stop 04:05

03 - Exiled 04:36

04 - Ain't That Lovin' You 03:50

05 - She's Dangerous 04:16

06 - Nu Kinda Blues 05:18

07 - It Don't Work Like That 04:22

08 - Your Turn (To Talk To The Blues) 03:53

09 - Sooner Or Later 04:53

10 - Tell Me 04:03

11 - You Make It Easy, Baby 03:12

12 - Just Lika Butterfly 03:28

13 - Root Of My Soul 03:32

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Rob Orlemans & Half Past Midnight 2002 Live In Chicago

Genre: Blues-Rock
Rate: 320 kbps CBR / 48000
Time: 01:08:23
Size: 156,50 MB


Rob Orlemans & Half Past Midnight, are certainly a real eye-opener of true rock/blues talent, in it's purest, most enjoyable form! Rob and his awesome band hail from The Netherlands, which is to me a mind-boggling and highly musical bit of bluesy reality. Rob's vocals and hearty guitar energy remind me vividly of a young Rory Gallagher, from his mid-1970s best!

The moment this monumentally live CD hit my player, I knew it was something special. (I felt it when I ordered it too, to review!) The energy contained here in this live performance of Rob and his fine band, Half Past Midnight, is only equalled by the unrestrained, ecstatic (and well-deserved) applause from Rob's adoring fans! What better locale to record a live blues album in, than in the blues hub of the world, Chicago, Illinois? No better place anywhere … and a band that can do that illustrious, and iconic piece of Illinois real estate true blue(sy) justice!

This truly excellent live CD, starts with a short but fiery guitar solo by Rob, on the classic "Going Down"; (I remember Jeff Beck doing the same, decades ago), followed by his scorching guitar rhythms and raunchy, raw vocals. Drummer Yuri Yeryomin's talent on the skins, must make many rock drummers envious when they hear Half Past Midnight live or on CD! Piet Tromp's wild 'n heavy bass lines add the appropriate body to the band, that helps it soar to the astounding heights it reaches. Refreshing and reassuring in these says of Hip Hop, 'samples', etc.

"Give That Thang (Straight Back) To Me" has everything in it that'll for sure raise the dead … even if they're not dead yet! Sweet guitar leads and rousing percussion makes this one a must at any party! The party mood continues with "Indian Machine". This is one of the rockinest dance tunes around. Rob's guitar riffs create the feel of 'machine rock' -- much the same as was done to perfection decades earlier, by rock gods, "Deep Purple"! Rob's 'at-his-wit's-end-to-be-heard' vocals, speak loudly of the power that rock has, to invigorate and restore one's higher realm of consciousness, in this weird and wonderful world we live in.

Jake Dawson is the special guest on guitar and vocals, on "Got My Mojo Working". Ya just gotta have this one on your set list, if you're playin' live in Chicago … and these guys truly are live, without a doubt! Rob's lead guitar riffs echo his approval of Jake sitting in on this one! Yuri's melodic drumming shows his wildly percussive side here! Everyone in the band seems to get a lot of fun outta "Mojo"! I envision iconic Muddy Waters groovin' along with Rob et al, with his own 'mojo magic' … and maybe Sonny Boy ll, too … snappin' his fingers to Rob's groove, (and of course playin' his immortal harp riffs along with 'em!)

"How Blue Can You Get" is class 'A' slow blues all the way, with Chicago's own Tommy McCracken singing some of the best classic blues around. Tommy wails of "being downhearted … ever since the day we met", with true soul and conviction in every word radiating from his born-with-the-best vocal chords! When his words sing out "I love you - I love you" they echo the extreme pleasure it is to hear such fine singing like his! The only regret I have is that I wish I saw McCracken sing it live! I must say that Rob's lead guitar riffs on "How Blue…", and Piet's bass lines, are some of the best I've ever heard -- and I've heard a lot!

"The Devil Told Me", has some very SRV overtones to it's feel, in Rob's exquisite guitar work. He's well supported by Yuri on drums and Piet's pumpin' bass lines … 'devilish'!!! "Strange Things" starts with Yuri's drum solo - then goes into a very Bo Diddley-like rhythmic guitar beat. Rob's vocals are raw and 'strangely' piercing, with lyrics like "Frankenstein … the Vampire's comin'"! Another drum solo by Yuri seems to captivate the crowd's interest again.

"Buzzin' King Bee" ("buzzin' around your hive") evokes the sensuality of the blues in Rob's emphatic vocals and guitar leads -- along with echoes of approval from Yuri's skins technique, and Piet's heavy duty bass lines. There's some real rockin' blues 'insanity' on "The Harley Song". Rob and the boys cry out "We Love Our Harley", with conviction - Rob's leads on "Harley .." are power rock at it's best!

"Mean Green" is a medium tempo blues excursion. One of those meditative 'higher realm' winners, that speaks from the true soul of the blues! A tune like this either makes or breaks a blues musician - in this case Rob's vocals soar with sorrow, as does his guitar work, and the supreme talents of the others in Half Past Midnight! Rob's leads are so definitive they can bring tears to the eyes, if extreme control is not exercised! 'Brother John' Kattke's Hammond B3 solo sneaks in with added tears of emotional joy due to his talent on the ivories. Mean and sorrowful blues, this is - Rob is in firm control with his other-worldly leads … take it away Rob!!!! Orlemans ends this one, letting us know "everyone's lookin' for that 'mean green'" (except him)!!!

Some special guests join Rob and the boys on the encore to this incredible blues performance. The totally appropriate and respectful (to its composer, Willie Dixon) "Hootchie Coochie Man" takes control - Rob screams musically out to the audience that "the whole world's gonna know what it's all about … well I'm here … everybody knows I'm here - I'm the Hootchie Cootchie Man". McCracken joins in again, singing "I'm gonna make love to ya baby", complemented by the pulsating exactness of Piet's bass inventiveness and Yuri's percussive genius! Jake and Rob both channel some hard-to-believe guitar licks through their bluesy souls, that leave us in need of no more than the perfection heard here from them. Rob's a great host to the band, as well as to his legion of die-hard blues fans. He went out of his way to introduce the members of his awesome band a few times during this definitive, high-energy blues/rock concert. Rob Orlemans & Half Past Midnight truly are in a super-rock/blues class of their own, that should be seen and enjoyed truly live! But until then, we can all enjoy and revel in rock/blues at it's awesomely definitive best, here in 'Rob Orlemans & Half Past Midnight: Live In Chicago'!!!!! You can't go wrong with a CD this live and this good!!!!!! (This review is copyright by Joe Curtis, and Blues On Stage)


01 - Going Down 04:16

02 - Love Me 04:29

03 - Give That Thang To Me 03:09

04 - Indian Machine 04:52

05 - Got My Mojo Working 07:17

06 - How Blue Can You Get 09:25

07 - The Devil Told Me 06:01

08 - Strange Things 06:44

09 - Buzzin' King Bee 05:06

10 - The Harley Song 03:32

11 - Mean Green 06:07

12 - Hoochie Coochie Man 07:25

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Tuesday, September 18, 2018

The Josh Garrett Band 2011 String Of Problems

Genre: Blues-Rock
Rate: 320 kbps CBR / 44100
Time: 00:45:51
Size: 100,80 MB

United States

Josh Garrett hails from a familiar town, at least for aficionados of of Louisiana blues-- Houma. Josh clearly has taken a heavy dose of inspiration from Benoit, with a biting tone on electric guitar, weird angular rhythms, Cajun influences and more. Fortunately, though, Josh isn't just a Tab Benoit imitator. He draws on New Orleans R&B, some jazz, plays some acoustic, some slide, and bounces between styles in ways that make them all seem to fit together. Most importantly, Josh shows restraint. Plenty of guitarists with such prodigious skill would be unable to resist the urge to put every flashy riff they can think of into every song. Josh leaves plenty of space to let the music breath. This puts him less in the company of Tab Benoit, and more with another young hot-shot guitarist from a nearby region-- Northern Florida's Damon Fowler. If you are a fan of Tab Benoit, Damon Fowler or anyone like that, you will find plenty to appreciate on this album.

What sets String of Problems apart is Josh's willingness to throw a bit of everything into the album. Sonny Landreth's signature style is drenched in cajun and zydeco (the latter shouldn't be surprising given his association with Clifton Chenier). Anders Osborne tempers his blues with more R&B and rock. South Louisiana is a musical melting pot, and Josh seems to like it all. Stylistically, then, he is also a spiritual kin to Coco Robicheaux, with a bit less of the hoodoo sound. It is all tied together, though, in a way that just transports you to Louisiana. It is music rooted in place rather than genre. But what a place... (Nobody important)


01 - String Of Problems 04:02

02 - I Miss My Baby 04:07

03 - Hard Work 03:25

04 - Don't Ignore Me 04:42

05 - Make It Up As We Go 04:59

06 - Lily Marie 04:10

07 - Proud Of What They'd Done 04:05

08 - Sleepin On The Levee 02:55

09 - Sugarcane 04:42

10 - Stand Up On My Own 04:41

11 - After All These Years 04:03

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John Hammond 2001 Wicked Grin (LL)

Genre: Blues
Rate: 273 kbps VBR / 44100
Time: 00:56:17
Size: 105,99 MB

United States

This is one of the most solid collections of Tom Waits renditions that you will find, almost as great as Tom himself.

Better than any of the other tribute compilations and better than the Scarlett Johansson or even the Holly Cole renditions, although I must say that the Holly Cole ones are rather great as well.

John Hammond is one of the modern greats in Blues and really has something to say and says them with love, heart and soul. This album captures that with the brilliance that only Tom Waits could deliver.

Buy it! (William Hoffknecht)


01 - 2:19 04:44

02 - Heartattack And Vine 04:43

03 - Clap Hands 04:01

04 - 'til The Money Runs Out 04:05

05 - 16 Shells From A Thirty-Ought Six 04:40

06 - Buzz Fledderjohn 04:16

07 - Get Behind The Mule 05:56

08 - Shore Leave 03:00

09 - Fannin Street 04:50

10 - Jockey Full Of Bourbon 03:34

11 - Big Black Mariah 04:11

12 - Murder In The Red Barn 05:58

13 - I Know I've Been Changed 02:19

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