Thursday, April 15, 2010
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