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James COTTON – Cut You Loose! 1968

Posted in BLUES, James COTTON on December 2, 2010 by whoisthemonk

James COTTON – Cut You Loose! 1968


Some of my favorite memories from my childhood are of my father making Breakfast for the family on a Saturday morning while singing along to Blues albums he had cranked up on the stereo so loud that everyone in the house was woken up. This album was on frequent rotation on those mornings and that is what has framed my opinion of it. I don’t think it is a real good showcase for Cotton’s amazing Harmonica skills, nor is it full of significant songs. What it is is a whole lot of fun and perfect music for those times when you need a distraction from the task at hand or just want something to listen to while you sit on the porch drinking a beer. So toss aside the belief that music has to mean something, sit back, grab a brew and enjoy.
The second solo album by James Cotton, the one time harp disciple of Sonny Boy Williamson and former Muddy Waters sideman, is a loose, enjoyable mixture of urbane and gutbucket blues styles. Among the former, Cotton phrases like a sax player (but gets a sound like Little Walter) on Percy Mayfield’s classy ballad “River’s Invitation,” while on Jimmy Reed’s standard “Honest I Do” he goes (appropriately) all country harp squeaky.
Cotton’s vocals have all the swagger necessary for the material. The fairly large back-up band here is fluent enough to pull off a slow, jazzy, ballad version of Little Richard’s “Slippin’ and Slidin’.”
James Cotton- (Vocals, Harmonica);
Guitar Junior, Peter Malick, James Cook- (Guitar);
Martin Fierro-(Tenor Sax, baritone Sax);
Mike Fender- (Bass Trumpet, Bass Trombone);
Wayne Talbert- (Piano, Organ);
Michael Tschudin- (Piano);
Jeremiah Jenkins- (Organ);
Joe Rodriguez- (Drums).
01. River’s Invitation 2:44
02. Honest I Do 2:51
03. Got To Get You Off My Mind 2:06
04. Coast Blues 7:21
05. Next Time You See Me 2:51
06. Cut You Loose 2:56
07. Ain’T Nobody’s Business 3:26
08. Set A Date 2:18
09. Slippin’ And Slidin’ 4:32
10. Negative 10-4 6:49

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James COTTON Blue Band & Mike BLOOMFIELD – Taking Care of Business 1970

Posted in BLUES, James COTTON, Mike BLOOMFIELD on November 18, 2010 by whoisthemonk

James COTTON Blue Band & Mike BLOOMFIELD – Taking Care of Business 1970
LP ST-814


As aforementioned an often overlooked lost gem.Surprising when you look at the stellar lineup of musicians involved.
I.E. Mike Bloomfield,Johnny Winter,Matt Murphy,Dom Troiano,Todd Rundgren,Ritchie Heyward,David Sanborn
Highlight for myself is album closer “Georgia Swing” where we get a chance too hear Bloomfield/Winter together.
At his high-energy 1970s peak as a bandleader, James Cotton was a bouncing, sweaty, whirling dervish of a bluesman, roaring his vocals and all but sucking the reeds right out of his defenseless little harmonicas with his prodigious lung power. Due to throat problems, Cotton’s vocals are no longer what they used to be, but he remains a masterful instrumentalist.

Michael Bloomfield was one of America’s first great white blues guitarists, earning his reputation on the strength of his work in the Paul Butterfield Blues Band. His expressive, fluid solo lines and prodigious technique graced many other projects — most notably Bob Dylan’s earliest electric forays — and he also pursued a solo career, with variable results. Uncomfortable with the reverential treatment afforded a guitar hero, Bloomfield tended to shy away from the spotlight after spending just a few years in it; he maintained a lower-visibility career during the ’70s due to his distaste for fame and his worsening drug problems, which claimed his life in 1981.
By Steve Huey.
Ralph Schuckett- Piano
Steve Madaio- Horn
Brother Gene Dinwiddie- Horn
David Sanborn- Horn
Venerit Simms- Vocals
Ronelle Stafford- Vocals
Deirdre Tuck Corley- Vocals
Cissy Houston- Vocals
Tom Cosgrove- Vocals
Mark “Moogy” Klingman- Keyboards, Vocals
Todd Rundgren- Guitar, Percussion, Vocals
Johnny Winter- Guitar
Don Triano- Guitar
Domenic Troiano- Guitar
Michael Bloomfield- Guitar
James Cotton- Harmonica, Vocals
Matt “Guitar” Murphy- Guitar
Stu Woods- Bass
N.D. Smart- Drums
Joel O’Brien- Drums
Richie Hayward- Drums
A1. The Sky Is Falling   3:57
A2. Long Distance Operator   5:20
A3. I’m a Free Man   2:34
A4. Can’t Live Without Love   4:24
A5. Kiddy Boy   4:03
B1. She Moves Me   4:25
B2. Tonight I Wanna Love Me a Stranger   3:08
B3. Nose Open   4:02
B4. Goodbye My Lady   3:05
B5. Georgia Swing   4:48

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James COTTON – 35th Anniversary Jam 2002

Posted in BLUES, James COTTON on November 15, 2010 by whoisthemonk

James COTTON – 35th Anniversary Jam 2002
Recorded at The Studio, Portland, Maine in June 2001
35th ANNIVERSARY JAM was nominated for the 2003 Grammy Awards for Best Traditional Blues Album.


Don’t complain that there are too many guests here, that’s what this jam was all about, inviting a bunch of friends and kindred spirits to jam in the studio during June of 2001. These musicians were here to salute not just the great James Cotton and his songs, but the long life of his classic James Cotton Blues Band, by playing some of their greatest songs and having a good time. And that’s what this is — a good jam session, performed with heart and vigor. Some of the guests might be a bit better than others, but the band is lively, there’s more grit than you’d expect for an all-digital production, and Cotton has moments where he simply smokes. He’s constantly a joy to hear; listen to how he breaks into “Jingle Bells” during “The Creeper” and try not to smile. Sure, this isn’t the first James Cotton album you should get, or even the fifth, but if you’ve been a longtime fan, you’ll have fun with this.
By Stephen Thomas Erlewine.
It’s been over 35 years since James Cotton left the Muddy Waters band. Now a celebration is in order! The James Cotton Blues Band and several big names from the world of the blues join Cotton and his crackerjack band playing some of the best foot stompin’, barn burnin’, hootin’ and hollerin’ harp filled blues you will hear east, west, south, and north of the Mississippi. Cotton’s voice has suffered some wear and tear over the years due to singing, tobacco, and other substances otherwise foreign to the body. He didn’t have to do anything but play that harmonica on this jam session though, as the vocal duties were put in capable hands. His harp playing is like wine…its aging with grace, color, and perfection.

“The Creeper” is a real jam session with Cotton blowing like a brisk carefree youngster. At one point during the song he breaks into “Jingle Bells” for a short time! I think that is why this grand old man of the blues always sounds so fresh and young, he thinks and plays that way. Its more than evident he inspires everyone around him to do the same. His energy is contagious. You can see him smiling right through his spirited harp playing. As the song “All Walks Of Life” intimates, James Cotton’s music brings us all together from all over the planet to celebrate life and music. The power of music and a well placed lyric can change the world. The blues has been around a mighty long time, and it’s the great players like Cotton that keep it alive and pass it on to the younger generations to do the same.
Yeah baby, this is da blues…straight up with no chaser.
By Keith  Hannaleck.
James Cotton- Harmonica,
Mike Williams- Rhythm Guitar,
David Maxwell- Piano,
Noel Neal- Bass,
Per Hanson- Drums.
Lucky Peterson- (Vocals, Guitar),
Kim Wilson- (Vocals, Harp),
Shemekia- Copeland, Ronnie Hawkins, Bobby Rush, Syl Johnson, Maria Muldaur, Kenny Neal, Koko Taylor (Vocals),
Mike Williams, Tab Benoit, G.E. Smith, Jimmie Vaughn (Guitar).
01. Don’t Start Me Talking (Kenny Neal, vocal)  3.26
02. The Creeper  5.00
03. I’ve Got A Feeling (Koko Taylor, vocal)  4.56
04. Cotton Crop Blues (Lucky Peterson, vocal and guitar; Derek O’Brien, rhythm guitar)  4.09
05. Fatuation (Bobby Rush, vocal)  3.54
06. How Long Can A Fool Go Wrong (Shemekai Copeland, vocal)  3.35
07. Rocket 88 (Syl Johnson, vocal; Jimmie Vaughan , guitar)  3.02
08. Blues In My Sleep (G.E. Smith, guitar)  7.05
09. River’s Invitation (Kim Wilson, vocal and harp)  4.53
10. All Walks Of Life (Maria Muldaur, vocal; Tab Benoit, guitar)  2.28
11. Hold Me Baby (Ronnie Hawkins, vocal; Jimmie Vaughan, guitar)  4.24
12. Blues For The Hook (Jimmie Vaughan, guitar) (Dedicated John Lee Hooker)  6.09

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