Beth Hart & Joe Bonamassa – Black Coffee (Limited Edition) (2018)

FrontCover1.jpgBlack Coffee is the third cover album recorded by American singer Beth Hart and blues rock guitarist Joe Bonamassa, released on January 26, 2018 on J&R Adventures and Mascot Label Group. It follows their 2013 cover album together titled Seesaw. (ny wikipedia)

Beth Hart first teamed up with guitarist Joe Bonamassa in 2011 and the partnership proved to be mutually beneficial. Hart gave the rock-edged Bonamassa some blues bona fides while the guitarist brought the vocalist to a wider audience. Plus, it was evident from their two studio albums and live set that the two had an easy chemistry: They shared a similar vernacular in Chicago blues and classic soul. The pair rely on that effortless interplay on Black Coffee, their third studio collaboration. Working with producer Kevin Shirley — a veteran of Black Crowes records who has been in the Bonamassa orbit since 2006 — the pair eschew straight traditionalism for a clean, colorful, retro vibe. Sometimes, the duo make choices that are perhaps a little too obvious — the covers of LaVern Baker’s “Saved” and Howlin’ Wolf’s “Sittin’ on Top of the World” are a bit on the nose — but they also know how to kick up the intensity on these chestnuts while avoiding sounding like they’re on steroids.

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Still, the highlights of Black Coffee are the originals and lesser-known songs, as they reveal that there is plenty of common ground between Hart’s testifying and Bonamassa’s shredding. Interestingly, that common ground feels formal in a way their individual solo albums don’t — respectively, Hart will delve into the personal spins on roots music while Bonamassa will indulge in blues myths — but that’s the appeal: They’re working on keeping the flame burning, and Black Coffee may be their most effective testament in that effort to date. (by Stephen Thomas Erlewine)

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Beth Hart and Joe Bonamassa’s third studio album of mostly soul and blues sticks to the formula of “if it’s not broken, don’t fix it,” and it serves them well.

Hart, a powerful singer also capable of nuance, is a good fit with Bonamassa, a guitar whiz with a wide range of sounds. They are bonded by their shared intensity, and the well-chosen repertoire, including many lesser-known tunes, gives them 10 opportunities to realize their potential.

Etta James songs are a staple of the duo and here they take on “Damn Your Eyes,” from 1989’s “Seven Year Itch,” one of James’ multiple “comeback” albums across the years. R&B diva Lavern Baker gets two nods, “Soul on Fire” and “Saved,” while “Lullaby of the Leaves,” a ballad with a scorching Bonamassa solo a la Gary Moore, dates back to the early 1930s.

Other songs include “Joy” from Lucinda Williams, Kansas Joe McCoy’s “Why Don’t You Do Right,” and the title track, Ike & Tina Turner via Steve Marriott.

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Horn arrangements from Lee Thornburg, tasteful backing vocals and excellent keyboard parts from Reese Wynans, who used to play with Stevie Ray Vaughan, all help “Black Coffee” percolate into a tasty brew.

Album closer “Addicted” is a real gem, originally released in 2007 by Austria’s Waldeck. It has elements of a James Bond theme, shades of the tango and, unsuprisingly, a certain European vibe. Hart imbues it with passion, as do the Bonamassa and Wynans solos.

The world is full of little underappreciated treasures. If Hart & Bonamassa and producer Kevin Shirley can keep finding them, there’s a bright future in the grooves for more albums like this truly fine effort. (vy Pablo Gorondi)

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Personnel:
Joe Bonamassa (guitar)
Paulie Cerra (saxophone)
Ron Dzuibla (saxophone)
Anton Fig (drums, percussion)
Beth Hart (vocals)
Rob McNelley (guitar)
Michael Rhodes (bass)
Lee Thornburg (trumpet, trombone)
Reese Wynans (keyboards)
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background vocals:
Jade Macreae – Juanita Tippins – Mahalia Barnes

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Tracklist:
01. Give It Everything You Got (Winter/LaCroix) 4.37
02. Damn Your Eyes (Wyrick/Bogard) 4.33
03. Black Coffee (I.Turner/T.Turner) 4.16
04. Lullaby Of The Leaves (Petkere/Young) 5.43
05. Why Don’t You Do Right (McCoy) 4.35
06. Saved (Leiber/Stoller) 3.50
07. Sitting On Top Of The World (Vinson/Chatmon) 3.58
08. Joy (Williams) 4.23
09. Soul On Fire (Ertegun/Wexler) 5.02
10. Addicted (Engel/Waldeck) 3.40
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11. Come Rain Or Come Shine (Arlen/Mercer) 4.35

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Joe Bonamassa – Rockin’ Christmas Blues (2016)

FrontCover1.jpgThis is a very special christmas album. because it´s a self-released mp3 album by blue guitrplayer Joe Bonamassa, distrubted via facebook and his newsletter (# 51/2016):

I really look forward to the holiday season each year. The precious family time, the tightly wrapped presents, the glistening white snow – ok, no glistening white snow for me anymore, I’m in Florida now. And holiday time means holiday tunes, usually starting in about October these days. But if you’re like me, you’re just a little bit tired of hearing the same holiday jingles over and over again each year. Of course, there’s something fun about the first time you hear “Winter Wonderland” and “The Christmas Song” coming through that department store’s speakers. After all, who doesn’t love the holidays? And by Thanksgiving, I’m already pulling out my copy of Jewel’s first Christmas album – that can be our little secret, by the way. But you and me – deep down we’re blues fans, and after a few weeks of the novelty of Christmas music starts to wear off like yesterday’s aftershave, we’re ready to get back to our musical roots. (by Joe Bonamassa)

And so this is a nice addition to every serious Joe Bonamassa collection … christmas tunes in his very special way of playing the guitar !

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Personnel:
Joe Bonamasse (guitar, vocals)
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Tracklist:
01. Merry Christmas, Baby (Baxter/Moore) 4.46
02. Bring Back My Cadillac (Bonamassa) 3.35
03. Christmas Boogie (One Little Kiss) (Bonamassa) 6.52
04. Christmas Date Blues (Turner) 2.31
05. O Holy Night (Adam) 4.05
06. Lonesome Christmas (Glenn) 3.27
07. Santa Claus Is Back In Town (Leiber/Stoller) 2.29

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Joe Bonamassa – A New Day Yesterday (2000)

FrontCover1A New Day Yesterday is the debut studio album by American blues-rock musician Joe Bonamassa. Recorded at Pyramid Recording Studios in Ithaca, New York, it was produced by Tom Dowd and released on October 24, 2000 by independent record label Okeh in tandem with Epic Records and 550 Music. The album registered at number 9 on the US Billboard Top Blues Albums chart and spawned the singles “Miss You, Hate You” in 2001 and “Colour and the Shape” in 2002.

Taking its title from the song of the same name by British progressive rock band Jethro Tull, a recording of which is featured on the album, A New Day Yesterday features six original tracks written by Bonamassa and others, in addition to six cover versions of songs by classic blues and rock artists. The album was reviewed positively by critics, who praised Bonamassa’s performances throughout on both the original and cover songs, identifying it as a strong debut release.

Joe Bonamassa recorded his debut album at Pyramid Recording Studios in Ithaca, New York, working with producer Tom Dowd, and engineers Alex Perialas and Jason Arnold. His backing band included bassist Greg “Creamo” Liss and drummer Tony Cintron, with a number of guest musicians also contributing to the recordings (including guitarists Rick Derringer and Leslie West, and keyboardists Gregg Allman and David Borden). A New Day Yesterday was released on October 24, 2000 by Okeh in tandem with Epic Records and 550 Music.[2] “Miss You, Hate You” was released as the first single from the album in 2001, including a music video which received airplay on shows including Chicago, Illinois-based JBTV and Brockton, Massachusetts-based Rage. “Colour and the Shape” was issued as a promotional single in 2002.

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After an initial low-key release, A New Day Yesterday “caught the ears of veteran record executives”, according to CNN’s Simon Umlauf, and was rereleased in September 2001 by Medalist Entertainment.[5] Later reissues would follow in 2004 and 2009 by J&R Adventures (Bonamassa’s own record label), in 2005 by Provogue Records and in 2012 by Mascot Records.[6][7] All later releases include the original full-length version of “Miss You, Hate You” as a bonus track.[6][7] The album was promoted on a North American concert tour throughout 2001, the final date of which (December 12, 2001) was recorded for the 2002 live album A New Day Yesterday Live.

Despite being released almost two years earlier, A New Day Yesterday debuted at number 9 on the US Billboard Top Blues Albums chart in the week of August 17, 2002. Bonamassa’s second studio album So, It’s Like That would enter the chart at number 2 just two weeks later. The album has the lowest peak position on the chart, with all of Bonamassa’s future releases reaching higher than number 9.

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A New Day Yesterday received positive reviews from critics. AllMusic’s Eduardo Rivadavia described the album as “a fine debut by guitar ace Joe Bonamassa”, claiming that it proves the guitarist and vocalist to be “much more than a traditional bluesman”.[12] Rivadavia highlighted several songs on the album, including “A New Day Yesterday”, the cover of which he dubbed “a jaw-dropping performance”, the singles “Miss You, Hate You” and “Colour and the Shape”, which he described as a “jolting double whammy” and “the most obvious standouts”, and “If Heartaches Were Nickels”, which he suggested featured “a tense, riveting performance”.[12] In a review of the album’s lead single “Miss You, Hate You”, Chuck Taylor of Billboard magazine praised Bonamassa as “a bold talent, who rises above narrow radio formatics”, outlining that the song “throws in all the ingredients of a classic rock moment, led by a thrush of driving guitars … and a vocal that sounds like sandpaper against velcro”. (by wikipedia)

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Personnel:
Joe Bonamassa (guitar, vocals)
Tony Cintron (drums)
Creamo Liss (bass)
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Gregg Allman (vocals, organ on 10.)
Len Bonamassa (guitar on 09.)
David Borden (keyboards on 08.)
Rick Derringer (vocals, guitar on 06.)
Leslie West (vocals, guitar on 10.)
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background vocals on 05. + 13.)
Annie Burns – Jeannie Burns

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Tracklist:
01. Cradle Rock (Gallagher) 3.50
02. Walk In My Shadows (Rodgers/Kossoff/Kirke/Fraser) 3.27
03. A New Day Yesterday (Anderson) 4.45
04. I Know Where I Belong (Bonamassa) 5.38
05. Miss You, Hate You (rock radio remix) (Bonamassa/Feldman) 3.39
06. Nuthin’ I Wouldn’t Do (For A Woman Like You) (Kooper) 5.10
07. Colour And The Shape (Bonamassa) 5.03
08. Headaches To Heartbreaks (Bonamassa) 4.56
09. Trouble Waiting (Bonamassa/Steve Tyrell/Stephanie Tyrell) 3.25
10. If Heartaches Were Nickels (Haynes) 7.51
11. Current Situation (Bonamassa) 3.35
12. Don’t Burn Down That Bridge (Jones/Wells) 4.21
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13. Miss You, Hate You 8long version) (Rock Radio Remix) 6.04

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Joe Bonamassa – Kassel/Germany (2016)

FrontCover1Joseph Leonard Bonamassa (born May 8, 1977) is an American blues rock guitarist, singer and songwriter.

When he was only 12 years old, Bonamassa opened for B.B. King.[2] In the last 13 years Bonamassa has put out 15 solo albums through his independent record label J&R Adventures, of which 11 have reached number 1 on the Billboard Blues charts.

Bonamassa has played alongside such artists as Stephen Stills, Eric Clapton, Blondie Chaplin, Foreigner, Buddy Guy, Steve Winwood, Warren Haynes, and Derek Trucks among others. His career highlights include performances at the Royal Albert Hall and a Grammy Award nomination in 2013. In addition to his music career, Joe Bonamassa runs a nonprofit organization called the Keeping the Blues Alive Foundation, whose mission it is to further music education by funding scholarships and providing music education resources to schools in need.

Unlike many blues rock guitarists that came before him, Bonamassa’s influences are British and Irish blues acts rather than American artists. In an interview in Guitarist magazine he cited three albums that had the biggest influence on his playing: John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers with Eric Clapton (the Beano album), Rory Gallagher’s Irish Tour and Goodbye by Cream. He also noted that Stevie Ray Vaughan’s Texas Flood had a big influence when Bonamassa was young. Among other bands, he listed the early blues playing of Jethro Tull as an influence, and named both Martin Barre and Mick Abrahams as important musicians to him.

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He elaborated on his influences in a 2007 interview:

“You know, my heroes were the Columbia guys – Paul Kossoff, Peter Green, Eric Clapton. There’s so many – there’s Gary Moore, Rory Gallagher – another Irish musician who played the same things, but don’t tell him that. But those guys were my guys – Jeff Beck, Jimmy Page. There’s a certain sophistication to their approach to the blues that I really like, more so than the American blues that I was listening to. B.B. King’s a big influence – he’s probably my biggest traditional influence. I love Muddy Waters, Robert Johnson and T-Bone Walker and stuff like that, but I couldn’t sit down. I was always forcing myself to listen to whole records by them, where I’d rather listen to Humble Pie do “I’m Ready” than Muddy Waters, you know? I think, the English interpretation of the blues just hit me a lot better, you know?”

In an October 2008 interview with Express & Star he said:

“When I heard Kossoff playing “Mr. Big” and when I heard Clapton playing “Crossroads” and when I heard Rory Gallagher playing “Cradle Rock”, I was like, ‘This is way cooler’…. “British blues are my thing. When I heard Rod Stewart and the Jeff Beck Group singing “Let Me Love You”, it changed my life. I knew exactly what I wanted to do. Those are my influences”. (by wikipedia)

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And tis is a German digital broadcast from 2016. The sound is  great and Joe and his band were in great form !

Joe was on tour to promote his twelfth studio album called “Blues Of Desperation”.

What a great concert !

Recorded live at the Orangerie, Gartensaal, Kassel/Germany, March 07, 2016

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Personnel:
Joe Bonamassa (guitar, vocals)
Paulie Cerra (saxophone)
Anton Fig (drums)
Michael Rhodes (bass)
Lee Thorburg (trumpet)
Reese Wynans (keyboards)

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Tracklist:
01. Intro by Joe Bonamassa 3.42
02. Locomotive Breath (Anderson) 0.55
03. This Train (House/Bonamassa) 7.16
04. Mountain Climbing (Hambridge/Bonamassa) 5.52
05. Blues Of Desperation (House/Bonamassa) 8.48
06. No Good Place For The Lonely (Nicholson/Bonamassa) 8.13
07. See See Baby (King/Thompson) 3.46
08. Never Make Your Move Too Soon (Jennings/Hooper jr.) 7.09
09. Angel Of Mercy (*) (Banks/Jackson) 7.42
10. Love Ain’t A Love Song (Smokin Joe/Bonamassa) 10.51
11. Nobody Loves Me But My Mother (King) 10.14
12. I Gave Up Everything For You Except The Blues (Steele/Flowers/Bonamassa) 8.47
13. Going Down (Nix) 7.24
14. Spanish Boots (Wood/Beck/Stewart) 4.03
15. Are You Experienced (Hendrix) 7.13

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