One of guitarist Barney Kessel's final recordings before a stroke put him out of action, this is an excellent quintet session with vibraphonist Bobby Hutcherson, pianist Kenny Barron, bassist Rufus Reid and drummer Ben Riley. Three of Kessel's originals (a pair of blues and a bossa nova) alternate with four standards and Laurindo Almeida's dedication to the guitarist ("Barniana") on this well-paced and consistently swinging set; the uptempo version of "By Myself" is a highpoint.
Red, Hot and Heavy is the debut album of the Danish Hard Rock/Heavy Metal band Pretty Maids produced by Billy Cross and released in 1984. This is the first full album by Pretty Maids. Their sound was more straight forward heavy metal back then. Raw and relentless rockers! Why would a metal band consisting of men name themselves Pretty Maids? "Because that's what we think about", or words to that effect, was the answer they gave when asked in their early days. Pretty Maids have become one of Denmark's longest-running metal bands.
Bobby Mack is a true Texas Guitar legend. Bobby hails from Ft. Worth, Texas, and like other such North Texas guitarists as Denny Freeman, Derek O’Brien, Jimmy and Stevie Vaughan, Bobby helped define the Austin Blues genre of the late seventies and early eighties. Bobby has shared the stage with other notables such as Albert Collins, Buddy Guy, and Otis Rush and can deliver the sound of a revved up Stratocaster like nobody else. One critic likened hearing Bobby Mack to how a dog must feel when sticking their head out of a moving car for the first time.
“In Performance at the White House: Red, White and Blues” is a PBS special taped in the East Room of the White House celebrating Blues music. President and Mrs. Obama will host the concert event in recognition of Black History Month. The evening will include program host Taraji P. Henson and performances by Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews, Jeff Beck, Gary Clark, Jr., Shemekia Copeland, Buddy Guy, Warren Haynes, Mick Jagger, B.B. King, Keb Mo, Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks, with Booker T. Jones as music director and band leader.