Jesse Thomas – Blues Is A Feeling (1992)

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Jesse “Babyface” Thomas (February 3, 1911 – August 15, 1995) was an American Texas blues guitarist and singer.Known at different times as “Baby Face” or “Mule”, and occasionally billed as “The Blues Troubadour”, his career performing blues music extended eight decades.

Born in Logansport, Louisiana, United States, Thomas is best known for the song “Blue Goose Blues”, which he recorded for Victor in 1929. He recorded and performed throughout the 1940s and 1950s, based in the Los Angeles area. He recorded for Specialty Records in 1953.

His career spanned over 60 years – in 1994 he appeared at the Long Beach Blues Festival. The Texas bluesman, Ramblin’ Thomas, was his brother, and fellow Louisiana blues guitar player, Lafayette Thomas, was his nephew.

A longtime resident of the Lakeside neighborhood of Shreveport, Louisiana, Thomas died there on August 15, 1995 at the age of 84 (by wikipedia)

Jesse “Baby Face” Thomas never received as much attention as he deserved to, the country bluesman continued to perform and record during the final years of his life. Thomas was 81 when he recorded Blues Is a Feeling, a 1992 session that wasn’t actually Jesse Thomas02released until 2001. This CD was recorded three years before his death, and it was also recorded during a visit to Chicago in June 1992 (when he was in town to perform at the Chicago Blues Festival). At 81, Thomas didn’t have the vocal power he once did — his voice had grown frail, withered, and thin. But, despite those limitations, Thomas still had charisma, and he was still capable of providing a meaningful album. Blues Is a Feeling isn’t in a class with his best work, although it is a decent effort that thrives on simplicity and rawness. Nothing elaborate is heard on this CD; the performances have a loose, informal quality, and the singer/acoustic guitarist’s only accompaniment consists of fellow guitarist John Primer and acoustic pianist Jodie Christian. There are no drums or bass, which turns out to be a good thing, as Thomas is well served by minimalism. Those who are familiar with Christian’s background will tell you that he is primarily a jazz improviser, not a blues artist. But he has no problem rising to the occasion on this CD. In fact, Christian fits right in because Thomas had a slightly jazz-influenced approach to country-blues — that was one of the things he had in common with Lonnie Johnson. Blues Is a Feeling isn’t among Thomas’ essential releases, but it’s a CD that his hardcore fans will enjoy. (by Alex Henderson)

Listen to this album and you´ll why I love the Blues !

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Personnel:
Jodie Christian (piano)
John Primer (guitar)
Jesse Thomas (vocals, guitar)

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01 Blues Is A Feelin’ (Thomas) 5.19
02. Married Woman Blues (Thomas) 3.50
03 Boogie Everywhere (Thomas) 2:15
04 Please Believe Me (Thomas) 4:48
05 She Throwed My Clothes Outdoor (Thomas) 2:05
06. Rain Sleet Or Snow (Bacote/Thomas) 3.57
07 Jesse, John & Jodie Jam v 4:01
08 Stop Crying On My Shoulder (Thomas) 4:25
09 Sad Old World (Thomas) 5:18
10 Change Your Attitude (Thomas) 2:40
11 Santa Claus (Thomas) 4:20
12 When I Left My Baby (Thomas) 4:36

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Miller Anderson – Through The Mill (2016)

FrontCover1.jpgMiller Anderson (born 12 April 1945, Houston, Renfrewshire, Scotland) is a UK-based blues guitarist and singer. In the formative years of the 1960s, before either of them achieved significant success, he worked extensively with Ian Hunter in bands such as The Scenery and At Last The 1958 Rock ‘n’ Roll Show (later called Charlie Woolfe) and is referenced in the title track of Hunter’s 1976 album All American Alien Boy (“well I remember all the good times me and Miller enjoyed, up and down the M1 in some luminous yo-yo toy”). Anderson would later guest on two Hunter solo albums.

Apart from pursuing his own solo career, he was a member of the Keef Hartley Band (this band played with Miller in Woodstock). Other groups Anderson has been associated with are; the Spencer Davis Group, Broken Glass, The Dukes, Mountain, Savoy Brown, T.Rex and Chicken Shack. In early 2006, he joined The British Blues Quintet with Maggie Bell, Zoot Money, Colin Hodgkinson and Colin Allen.

In the Spring of 2016 Anderson returned to the studio and in July 2016 released a new album, Through The Mill. (by wikipedia)

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In 2018 and 2019 he toured with Pete York´Rock & Blues Circus (featuring, Zoot Money, Roger Glover and Albie Donnelly) and played many gigs with his own Miller Anderson Band.

This album from 2016, recorded with established media composer Jeremy Sherman, is a varied collection of 12 original compositions ( one co-written with Sherman ) taking in Blues, Rock, Folk , Americana & Latin.

His partner on this album was Jeremy Sherman:

Jeremy Sherman has spent over 30 years playing in a wide variety of bands in the UK and abroad, taking in such styles as Ska, Folk, Jazz, Cajun, Country, Rock, and Blues. Over the past 10 years, he has pursued and developed his love of writing and recording his own material for a variety of Film, TV, and Commercial projects.

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Jeremy also produces CDs for local musicians and his own Celtic/Americana/World outfit. A completely self-taught musician, he is proficient on electric and acoustic guitars, dobro, bass, and keyboards. (by radiosparx.com)

Top notch Miller Anderson effort. I have most of his work and this one is right up there with the best of them. Better with age just like fine wine. A must have for fans and a good place to start if you are new to Miller Anderson. (Bill)

On other word: Another superb album by one of the most criminally underrated musician … hew´s a realo unknown hero …

His mixture of Folk, Jazz, Cajun, Country, Rock, and Blues is unbelieveable good !

And the song “Broken Glas” was recorded in 1975 for a rare Stan Webb project called “Broken Glass” (s real fantastic album) featuring Miller Anderson.

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Personnel:
Miller Anderson (vocals, guitar, harmonica)
Jeremy Sherman (keyboards, synthesizer, guitar, pedal steel-guitar, banjo, dobro, drums, percussion)

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Tracklist:
01. Strange Days (Anderson) 4.35
02. John Sugrue (Anderson)4.23
03. Where Is Your Heart (Anderson/Sherman) 4.59
04. Through The Mill (Anderson) 4.11
05. Life Is All We Have (Anderson) 4.29
06. Broken Glass (Anderson) 3.33
07. Old Friends (Anderson) 4.07
08. The Island (Let Yourself Go) (Anderson) 3.52
09. Here Come The Tears (Anderson) 4.17
10. Nobody Knows (Anderson) 4.14
11. A Hard Road Down (Anderson) 4.08
12. Wintertime Blues (Anderson) 2.29

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Renaud Garcia-Fons – Oriental Bass (1998)

FrontCover1.jpgSometimes referred to as “the Paganini of double bass,” Renaud Garcia-Fons is a composer and five-string bass player who was deeply influenced by the brilliant bassist François Rabbath. Garcia-Fons actually started his studies in music at an early age. He began with piano when he was only five, switched to classical guitar at eight, and then to rock in his teens, finally settling on the bass when he was 16. Garcia-Fons lives in Paris and has toured through Germany and Europe performing at festivals. In 1987, he became a member of the Orchestre de Contrebasses. He remained with them for six years, also appearing with the Orchestre National de Jazz during some of that time. ENJA Records released Garcia-Fons’ solo debut, Légendes, in the ’90s. Alboreá was his next release. The album featured his quartet of Jean-Louis Matinier on accordion, Jacques Mahieux on drums, and Yves Torchinsky on bass. Garcia-Fons’ third album, Oriental Bass, which he composed, was released in 1998. Next, he combined talents with accordionist Jean-Louis Matinier on the album Fuera. Garcia-Fons’ music is a rich gypsy mix of global jazz flavored with Indian, Greek, African, flamenco, Latin American, tango, and new musette. On many works he is accompanied by a variety of instruments, including guitar, lute, derbouka, flutes, trombone, and accordion. ( by Charlotte Dillon)

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And this is the third album by Renaud Garcia-Fons:

A student of the legendary Syrian bass player François Rabbath, 5-string virtuoso Renaud Garcia-Fons is of Spanish and French descent splitting his time between both countries/cultures when he is not on the road throughout Europe. He is known as “a bassist with astonishing technique” whose con-arco playing has “a quality more reminiscent of the viola or the cello” (L.A. Times). Influenced not only by jazz and classical music but also by oriental, African and Spanish traditions, Renaud’s unique artistry led to exciting and successful collaborations with such open-minded players as Rabih Abou-Khalil, Nguyen Lê, Gérard Marais, Pedro Soler, Jean-Louis Matinier and Michael Riessler.

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Following his solo recording “Légendes” and the quartet album “Alboreá” (both of which received highest ratings from critics all over the world), Renaud’s east-western synthesis comes to a climax on “Oriental Bass”. Says Renaud: “I had a dream about a bass – half Gypsy, half Mauretanian – that travelled from India to Andalusia passing by the Mediterranean north or south. The bass is neither a traditional nor an oriental instrument. But its range of sonorities and the ways it is played upon – both pizzicato and con arco – seem to make it feel comfortable in the neighbourhood of certain instruments at home in the oriental world. For several years now my work – composing and improvising – has been led by these relationships and by the love the bass brings to all of this music. This is how the idea for this album was born.”

Assisted by a wide variety of musicians and instruments from diverse ethnic background, Renaud’s visionary masterwork “Oriental Bass” is definitely a highlight of 1997’s cross-cultural vintage. “Garcia-Fons’ music exists in a space of its own beyond jazz, world beat or any other category” (by Larry Katz).

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Personnel:
Claire Antonini (lute, théorbe)
Yves Favre (trombone)
Renaud Garcia-Fons (bass, percussion)
Chris Hayward (flute)
Jean-Louis Matinier (accordion)
Vicente Pradal (flamenco guitar)
Bruno Sansalone (clarinet)
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oriental percussion:
Rabah Khalfa – J.-F. Roger – Sam Schlamminger – Anu Yerno

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Tracklist:
01. Oriental Bass 6.38
02. San Juan 8.58
03. Goodjinns 5.24
04. Oryssa 7.18
05. Ghazali 3.01
06. Jullundur 3.55
07. Hommage A Ostat 5.57
08. Bajo Andaluz 3.44
09. Jam Buleria 3.07
10. Djani 7.43

Music composed by Renaud Garcia-Fons

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