Lester DAVENPORT – When The Blues Hit You 1991

Lester DAVENPORT – When The Blues Hit You 1991

Blues

Although he’d been on the Chicago scene since the 1950s, backing Bo Diddley on some of his earliest Chess waxings, this was harpist “Mad Dog” Lester Davenport’s long-overdue debut album. And a fine one it was, too, filled with mainstream Windy City blues immersed in the ’50s tradition. His band for the project included pianist Sunnyland Slim and guitarist John Primer.
By Bill Dahl. AMG.
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“Serving up 12 Davenport original tunes on the album, ‘Mad Dog’ and his mates have cooked up a spicy stew of vintage blues sounds. Tracks like the hopping ‘It Won’t Work Like That, I’m Gonna Move’ and the rousing ‘I’m Gonna Give It Up’ find Davenport … singing convincingly in a gruff time seasoned tone, and blowing up a storm on the harp.” -Chicago Blues Magazine”The ‘Mad Dog’ is such a powerful soloist in the Little Walter vein (the Big Walter vein, too, before that worthy turned so introspective) that you wish he’d just keep on goin … The model here is pretty clearly the Muddy Waters ensemble … That’s OK with me – the Morganfield model is a durable one and Lester even sings a bit like the Master … As for backup, we’ve got John Primer, guitarist in Muddy’s band and a student of Sammy Lawhorn … Add Sunnyland Slim, his accomplices Stroger and Covington, and the right amount of chugging and scratching from Willow Davis, and you’ve got a band that ought to tour … Excellent recording. Got for it.”
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Just by remarking the extraordinary band that backs the harmonica ace LESTER DAVENPORT in this 5 stars ‘When the Blues hit you’, an All Star Chicago Blues Band, you can say that the record has to be very good. And it really is very very good, as good as you can expect. I don’t want to point out any of the themes because all of them are at the same high level.
An authentic delight listening to the master SUNNYLAND SLIM’s piano, the outstanding JOHN PRIMER’s guitar (PRIMER was a player in The Teardrops, Magic Slim’s band); also on the rhythmic section ROBERT STROGER on bass,ROBERT COVINGTON on drums and the silent WILLIE DAVIS playing the rhythm guitar. Great stuff, this is the real deal, I recommend it.
J.M. Domenech Fedi.
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Sunnyland Slim- Piano
Bob Stroger- Bass
Willie Davis- Guitar (Rhythm), Choir, Chorus
John Primer- Guitar, Choir, Chorus
Lester Davenport- Harmonica, Vocals
Robert Covington- Drums, Choir, Chorus
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01. King Of The Jungle 4:29
02. I Believe My Baby Got A Mojo 6:51
03. I’m Gonna Move 3:50
04. Slow Down Baby 5:58
05. It Won’t Work Like That 4:33
06. All My Life 5:53
07. Mad Dog On The Loose 4:10
08. Walkin’ The Streets At Midnight 5:37
09. Just For Spite 4:17
10. My Baby’s Gone 5:38
11. I’m Gonna Give It Up 4:26
12. When The Blues Hit You 4:24
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