Review by Keith "MuzikMan" Hannaleck|
4 stars out of 4
It's been over 35 years since James Cotton left the Muddy Waters band.
Now a celebration is in order! The James Cotton Blues Band and several
big names from the world of the blues join Cotton and his crackerjack
band playing some of the best foot stompin', barn burnin', hootin'
and hollerin' harp filled blues you will hear east, west, south, and
north of the Mississippi. Cotton's voice has suffered some wear and
tear over the years due to singing, tobacco, and other substances
otherwise foreign to the body. He didn't have to do anything but play
that harmonica on this jam session though, as the vocal duties were
put in capable hands. His harp playing is like wine…its aging with
grace, color, and perfection.
"The Creeper" is a real jam session with Cotton blowing like a brisk
carefree youngster. At one point during the song he breaks into "Jingle
Bells" for a short time! I think that is why this grand old man of
the blues always sounds so fresh and young, he thinks and plays that
way. Its more than evident he inspires everyone around him to do the
same. His energy is contagious. You can see him smiling right through
his spirited harp playing. As the song "All Walks Of Life" intimates,
James Cotton's music brings us all together from all over the planet
to celebrate life and music. The power of music and a well placed
lyric can change the world. The blues has been around a mighty long
time, and it's the great players like Cotton that keep it alive and
pass it on to the younger generations to do the same.
Yeah baby, this is da blues…straight up with no chaser.
1. Don't Start Me Talking (Kenny Neal, vocal)
2. The Creeper
3. I've Got A Feeling (Koko Taylor, vocal)
4. Cotton Crop Blues (Lucky Peterson, vocal and guitar; Derek O'Brien, rhythm guitar
5. Fatuation (Bobby Rush, vocal)
6. How Long Can A Fool Go Wrong (Shemekai Copeland, vocal)
7. Rocket 88 (Syl Johnson, vocal; Jimmie Vaughan , guitar)
8. Blues In My Sleep (G.E. Smith, guitar)
9. River's Invitation (Kim Wilson, vocal and harp)
10. All Walks Of Life (Maria Muldaur, vocal; Tab Benoit, guitar)
11. Hold Me Baby (Ronnie Hawkins, vocal; Jimmie Vaughan, guitar)
12. Blues For The Hook (Jimmie Vaughan, guitar) (Dedicated John Lee Hooker)
Mike Williams-rhythm guitar
Guests-see track listing