Most John Patton albums are hard-driving, edgy soul-jazz and funk, and the title of Accent on the Blues makes the record seem like it would be no different than his other sessions. Of course, that isn't the case. Accent on the Blues is among the most atmospheric music Patton has ever made. While it stops short of being free, it's hardly funky soul-jazz, and that may disappoint some fans of his rip-roaring style. Nevertheless, the album is a rewarding listen, primarliy because it displays a more reflective side of his talent, demonstrating that he can hold his own among the likes of guitarist James Blood Ulmer and saxophonist Marvin Cabell.
All but one of the 15 songs were recorded in concert for the BBC on December 8, 1982 (the one remaining track, a cover of Bob Dylan's "Maggie's Farm," was recorded on March 23, 1981 for a separate BBC broadcast). The Blues Band were, in limited respects, a big deal in Britain in this era: a blues-rock group with integrity and pedigree that had a reputation as an excellent live act. On this record, it must be said, they come across more like an above-average blues-rock bar band, one that happens to feature a singer (Paul Jones) who's much, much better than the typical bloke you'll see fronting a bunch of geezers doing Chess covers at the local pub…
There's a new solo CD from Kim Simmonds and it's called "Jazzin' On The Blues". It's an acoustic offering but, this time, it's all instrumental. As the title suggests, it's a nod towards Kim's jazzier side. The album includes original material as well as cover songs. In addition to soloing on guitar, Kim also shines on harmonica and plays bass. The whole sound is rounded out by Ron Keck's percussion. Says Kim, "On this album I've found a new way to express myself on the acoustic guitar. It's very exciting to find a new approach to playing the guitar after spending so many years trying to master the instrument". Jazzin' On The Blues was officially released January 1, 2015, but is currently available at all Kim Simmonds and Savoy Brown live shows.
1999 album from Britain's godfather of blues rock. 13 tracks, including 'White Line Fever' and 'Bad Dream Catcher'. Features guest appearances from John Lee Hooker, Ernie Watts and Coco Montoya.
Blues fans and players worldwide have embraced the haunting, soulful sounds of the Mississippi Delta. Hans Theessink, a masterful player, singer and performer, teaches the powerful guitar styles that he learned first-hand from traditional players in the American South.