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Big Walter HORTON – Big Walter HORTON with Carey BELL 1973

Posted in Big Walter HORTON, BLUES, Carey BELL on December 23, 2010 by whoisthemonk

Big Walter HORTON – Big Walter HORTON with Carey BELL 1973
1989 Issue.


This album is a sensual gift for all of harmonica bluesfans! You can’t imagine how great “Big Walter” is playing and singing on this album with guest appearance of Carey Bell.Good work!A classical!
By  Ricardo Neves Gonzalez.
The teacher/pupil angle might be a bit unwieldy here — Bell was already a formidable harpist in his own right by 1972, when Horton made this album — but there’s no denying that a stylistic bond existed between the two. A highly showcase for the often recalcitrant harp master, and only his second domestic set as a leader. ~ Bill Dahl

His place on the honor roll of Chicago blues harpists long ago assured, Carey Bell truly came into his own in the ’90s as a bandleader with terrific discs for Alligator and Blind Pig. He learned his distinctive harmonica riffs from the Windy City’s very best (both Walters — Little and Big — as well as Sonny Boy Williamson II), adding his own signature effects for good measure (an otherworldly moan immediately identifies many of his more memorable harp rides).

Born Carey Bell Harrington in the blues-fertile state of Mississippi, he was already playing the harp when he was eight and working professionally with his godfather, pianist Lovie Lee, at 13. The older and more experienced Lee brought Carey with him to Chicago in search of steady musical opportunities in 1956. Gigs frequently proved scarce, and Carey eventually took up electric bass, playing behind Robert Nighthawk, Johnny Young, and his mentor Big Walter Horton. Finally, in 1969, Bell made his debut album (on harp) for Delmark, and he was on his way.

Bell served invaluable early-’70s stints in the bands of Muddy Waters and Willie Dixon, touring extensively and recording with both legends. Alligator Records has been responsible for much of Bell’s best recorded work as a leader, beginning with a joint venture with Horton back in 1972. Four cuts by Bell on the first batch of Alligator’s Living Chicago Blues anthologies in 1978 preceded his participation in the 1990 harmonica summit meeting Harp Attack!, which brought him into the studio with fellow greats James Cotton, Junior Wells, and Billy Branch. His solo set for Alligator, Deep Down, rates as his finest album. Bell has sired a passel of blues-playing progeny; best-known of the brood is mercurial guitarist Lurrie Bell.
By Bill Dahl. AMG.
01. Have A Good Time 3:48
02. Christine 4:03
03. Lovin’ My Baby 2:50
04. Little Boy Blue 3:14
05. Can’t Hold Out Much Longer 2:51
06. Under The Sun 3:51
07. Tell Me Baby 3:15
08. Have Mercy 3:45
09. That Ain’t It 2:40
10. Temptation Blues 3:43
11. Trouble In Mind 4:38
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Big Walter HORTON – Little Boy Blue 1980

Posted in Big Walter HORTON, BLUES on December 9, 2010 by whoisthemonk

Big Walter HORTON – Little Boy Blue 1980


A 1980 live recording in Boston. Working with a pickup band consisting of Ronnie Earl on guitar, Mudcat Ward on bass, and Ola Dixon on drums, Horton catches fire and quite simply blows his heart out. The album features some of Horton’s best late-period playing.
By Cub Koda, All Music Guide
Big Walter Horton- (Harmonica),(Vocals),
Left Hand Frank- (Guitar),
Ola Dixon- (Drums),
Ronnie Horvath- (Guitar),
Sugar Ray & the Bluetones- (Vocals),
Michael Ward- (Bass),
Little Anthony- (Piano)
01.I Cry for You
02.Lord Knows I Tried
03.Country Girl
04.Walter’s Shuffle
05.06.Little Boy Blue
07.It’s Not Easy
08.Two Old Maids
09.What’s on Your Worried Mind?
10.Walter’s Swing Big

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