Saturday, January 26, 2013

Jimmy Rogers - "Bluebird": Blues Advocate

Album Review: Jimmy Rogers - "Bluebird"

This was Jimmy Rogers last "proper" Chicago Blues album, and it deservedly won a W.C. Handy award in 1995. There are no moonlighting rockstars heren they would come out in droves for Rogers subsequent LP "Blues Blues Blues". And with the exception of the last track -- which is basically pianist Johnnie Johnson showing off for 8 minutes, Rogers sits squarely in the spotlight for the duration of 'Bluebird'.

As expected, Rogers revisits a fair amount of his earlier repertoire ("Walking By Myself" "I Lost A Good Woman"), but he also digs up several original tunes that he had never gotten around to recording until now. Throw in a few Chicago standards ("Big Boss Man" "Rock Me" & "Smokestack Lightning") and you have a solid, laid-back, and tremendously satisfying album by one of the underrated masters.

The backing band is a mix of Chicago blues brethren (Carey Bell on harp, Dave Myers on bass, Ted Harvey on drums) and family (Rogers son Jimmy D. Lane on lead guitar), plus Johnson who is perhaps a rockstar by association having played with Chuck Berry for 18 years. This one's a must-have! (review by All Music)
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