Sunday, March 21, 2010
Sugar Blue - Paris to Chicago 1982
One of the foremost electric blues harpists of the modern era, Sugar Blue was born James Whiting in New York City in 1950. Sugar Blue relocated to Paris in 1976, where he was introduced to the Rolling Stones; he went on to play on the group's LP's Some Girls, Emotional Rescue and Tattoo You, lending his skills to such hits as "Miss You." Before returning to the U.S. in 1982, Blue cut a pair of albums, Crossroads and From Paris to Chicago.
Blue went on to spend two years touring with his friend and mentor Willie Dixon as part of the Chicago Blues All Stars before putting his own band together in 1983.
With his own band, Blue's star continued to rise. He received the 1985 Grammy Award for his work on the Atlantic album, Blues Explosion, recorded live at the Montreux Jazz Festival.
He recorded on Dixon's Grammy-winning Hidden Charms album in 1989.
Sugar Blue incorporates what he has learned into his visionary and singular style, technically dazzling yet wholly soulful. He bends, shakes, spills flurries of notes with simultaneous precision and abandon, combining dazzling technique with smoldering expressiveness and gives off enough energy to light up several city square blocks...
And sings too! His distinctive throat tends to be overlooked in the face of his instrumental virtuosity - he's got a rich, sensual voice with a whisper of huskiness which by itself would be something out of the ordinary. But oh, there's that harmonica again...
SUGAR BLUE- Harmonica, Vocals on tr.1-7:
Jimmy Gourley & Tenko Slavov- Guitars;
Cecile Savage- Bass, Guitar on tr.4,6;
Bruce Grant- Bass tr.4,5,6, Flute tr.6;
Vic Pitts- Drums;
Steve Potts- Alto Sax;
Mike Zwerin- Trombone;
Longineu Parsons- Trumpet, Flueghorn on tr.8-11:
Dion Payton, Slim Pezin, Michael Robinson, Raymond Gimenez- Guitars;
Jean-Pierre Sabar- Organ;
Lafayette Evan- Bass;
Earl Howell- Drums on tr.12-14:
Slim Pezin, Raymond Gimenez- Guitars;
Rido Bayonne- Bass;
Marcel Sabiani- Drums;
Jean-Pierre Sabar- Organ tr.13
01. Pontiac Blues 3:22
02. Beggin The Girl To Go 6:20
03. Dark And Hungry 6:55
04. Shed No Tears 3:08
05. War Zone 4:35
06. Who's Been Talking 6:35
07. Another Man Done Gone 2:15
08. Don't Start Me Talkin' 3:50
09. Help Me 5:05
10. Key To The Highway 4:02
11. That's Allright 4:25
12. Cold Blooded Man 4:40
13. Devil Woman 9:45
14. Secret Lover 6:30