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Author Archives: Dan Forte

John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers and Rob Paparozzi and the Ed Palermo Big Band

Back to ’67 Blues
Back to '67 Blues
 
John-Mayall

Unreleased club recordings of John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers from 1967, featuring lead guitarist Peter Green? This is, indeed, a major find. Tasked with replacing “God” (as Eric Clapton was proclaimed in graffiti around London), Green quickly let everyone know there was a new Les Paul picker in town, (more…)

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Andy Brown

Soloist
 
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Chicago-based Andy Brown is 40 years old – meaning that some of the songs here were popular decades before he was born, as well as illustrating his maturity, along with the fact that he’s done his homework. Some of Brown’s studies were with Cal Collins, Ted (more…)

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George Van Eps and Marty Grosz Meets the Fat Babies

Once In Awhile and Diga Diga Doo
Great Acoustic Jazz
 
Marty-Grosz

Marty Grosz is surely one of the last of a breed – a jazz guitarist who plays strictly rhythm and chord-style solos and strictly acoustic. He’s also a fine singer and scholar of early jazz, not to mention a virtual stand-up comedian (and (more…)

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Neil Barnes, Ron Thompson, and others and Bettye LaVette

Hyde & Seek and Worthy
This Blues Has Soul
 
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Blues harpist Neil Barnes is one of the greater San Francisco area’s best-kept secrets. His 2007 CD, This Was Then, Now, is a compilation of a 45 and an EP he released in the ’80s, along with some previously unreleased live material. For having (more…)

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R.J. & the Del Guapos

Rockin! With R.J. & the Del Guapos
 
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Guitarist/vocalist R.J. Ronquillo’s quartet utilizes three-fourths of the Panamericans, with him taking the place of Joao Erbetta. You can’t do much better than saxophonist Ron Dziubla, bassist Rob Douglas, and drummer Pete Curry – and they didn’t even have to leave their (more…)

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Big Apple Blues and Smokin’ Joe Kubek and Bnois King

Energy and Fat Man’s Shine Parlor
Blues A-Plenty
 
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Considering that its first-cousin, jazz, is predominantly an instrumental form, it’s surprising that there are so few instrumental blues albums. In terms of guitar, of course, Freddie King excelled most successfully, but that was more than a half-century ago. In recent years, Ronnie Earl (more…)

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Captain Beefheart

Sun Zoom Spark: 1970 to 1972
Ahead of His – or Anyone’s – Time
 
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“Lick My Decals Off, Baby,” “Woe-Is-Uh-Me-Bop,” “My Head Is My Only House Unless It Rains.” That’s right – we’re talking about Don Van Vliet, a.k.a. Captain Beefheart, and his Magic Band. Beefheart and co. emerged from the Southern California desert in the mid ’60s. Their first full-fledged (more…)

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Jorma Kaukonen

Hot Tuna, Part 1
 
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Guitarist Jorma Kaukonen and bassist Jack Casady have been playing music together for 53 years – 40 of them as Hot Tuna. What started as an acoustic splinter group from their gig with Jefferson Airplane morphed into both acoustic and electric variations and myriad combinations.Released on the heels of Tuna’s successful “blues tour” with Charlie […]

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Billy Mure

Supersonic Guitarist Remembered
 
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Guitar great Billy Mure (born November 4, 1915) passed away September 25, at the age of 97. He last performed on August 2, playing Dixieland banjo at Squid Lips, where he lived in Sebastian, Florida. Mure played on innumerable sessions from the ’50s to the ’70s, but is (more…)

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Sergio Diab

Stratoman
 
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Brazil and the guitar have a long, prolific relationship with each other, from the classical compositions of Villa-Lobos to Laurindo Almeida’s mix of classical and jazz to the bossa nova of Antonio Carlos Jobim and Joao Gilberto. Two standouts carrying the torch today are Joao Erbetta (more…)

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