Blues Bureau's Low Down & Dirty Blues Collection, Vol 1: Slow Jams

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All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
Not all blues artists use the phrase "low down and dirty" as a badge of honor. There are also the uptown blues artists, who are gritty and soulful but also pride themselves on their jazz-influenced sophistication. Typically, uptown blues artists love jazz especially soul-jazz; are likely to use a Hammond B-3 organ; and have influences like Jimmy Witherspoon, Joe Williams, Percy Mayfield, and Jimmy Rushing. But in most blues circles, "low down and dirty" remains a big selling point -- and that continues to hold true in everything from acoustic Mississippi country blues to electric Chicago blues to blues-soul. On this 77-minute compilation, low down and dirty usually means...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
Not all blues artists use the phrase "low down and dirty" as a badge of honor. There are also the uptown blues artists, who are gritty and soulful but also pride themselves on their jazz-influenced sophistication. Typically, uptown blues artists love jazz especially soul-jazz; are likely to use a Hammond B-3 organ; and have influences like Jimmy Witherspoon, Joe Williams, Percy Mayfield, and Jimmy Rushing. But in most blues circles, "low down and dirty" remains a big selling point -- and that continues to hold true in everything from acoustic Mississippi country blues to electric Chicago blues to blues-soul. On this 77-minute compilation, low down and dirty usually means blues-rock. Tough, muscular, ballsy blues-rock dominates Blues Bureau's Low Down and Dirty Blues Collection, Vol. 1: Slow Jams, and there is no shortage of grit on performances by Pat Travers "Too Much Is Never Enough", Eric Gales "Freedom from My Demons", Stoney Curtis "Blues Without You", and Leslie West "Third Degree". Any CD with names like Travers, West, and Rick Derringer is bound to have a lot of rock appeal, and this 2009 release maintains a strong rock element even when it detours into more jazz-minded territory on two instrumentals: Neal Schon's "Blues for Miles" as in Miles Davis and Scott Henderson's "That Hurts." Henderson and Schon, however, aren't combining blues and jazz in the way that the honkers of the 1940s and 1950s or organ combos of the 1960s combined blues and jazz; "Blues for Miles" and "That Hurts" are straight-up fusion -- and despite being more cerebral than most of the other tracks, they still have plenty of guitar-powered rock bravado and don't detract from the compilation's loud-and-proud aesthetic. Blues Bureau's Low Down and Dirty Blues Collection, Vol. 1: Slow Jams isn't the last word on the label's contributions to blues-rock, but it's still a rewarding and generous sample of what the Blues Bureau catalog has to offer.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/24/2009
  • Label: Blues Bureau Int'l
  • UPC: 026245206427
  • Catalog Number: 2064
  • Sales rank: 154,594

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Something Wicked - Chris Duarte (13:07)
  2. 2 You've Got to Love Her with a Feeling - Rick Derringer (5:35)
  3. 3 Third Degree - Kevin Curry (4:20)
  4. 4 Freedom from My Demons - Eric Gales (7:31)
  5. 5 Too Much Is Never Enough - Pat Travers (5:53)
  6. 6 Blues Without You - Stoney Curtis Band (9:52)
  7. 7 Voyager - Schenker Pattison Summit (5:52)
  8. 8 Blues for Miles - Neal Schon (4:58)
  9. 9 Worried Life Blues - Michael Landau (7:20)
  10. 10 Freedom Fighter - Marc Ford (6:26)
  11. 11 That Hurts - Scott Henderson (6:16)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Rick Derringer Guitar, Vocals
Eric Gales Guitar, Vocals
Michael Schenker Guitar
Neal Schon Guitar, Mandolin, Lap Steel Guitar
Pat Travers Guitar, Vocals
Scott Henderson Guitar
Tim Bogert Bass, Bass Guitar
Chris Duarte Guitar
Aynsley Dunbar Drums
Anthony Arvizu Drums
John Bazz Upright Bass
Kirk Covington Drums
Stephen Hodges Percussion
Scott Kinsey Keyboards
Michael Landau Guitar, Vocals
Davey Pattison Vocals
Prairie Prince Drums
Thomas Pridgen Drums
Mark Robertson Keyboards, Hammond B3
Ross Valory Bass, Bass Guitar
Leslie West Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Vocals, Slide Guitar
Mike Malone Keyboards
Brad Kaiser Drums
Segovia Bader Bass, Bass Guitar
Bill Barrett Harmonica
Sean Shannon Drums
Steve Evans Bass, Bass Guitar
Stoney Curtis Guitar, Vocals
Gunter Nezhoda Bass, Bass Guitar
Marc Ford Guitar, Vocals
Kevin Curry Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Track Performer
John Humphrey Bass, Bass Guitar
Dustin Sargent Bass, Bass Guitar
Damien Lewis Drums
Stoney Curtis Band Guitar
Kevin Rian Bass, Bass Guitar
Jimmy Johnson Bass, Bass Guitar
Charles Glover Drums
Colby Smith Bass Guitar
Art Groom Hammond B3
Ronald Bruner Jr. Drums
Richard Martin Ross Vocals
Technical Credits
Willie Dixon Composer
Freddie King Composer
Rick Derringer Producer, Audio Production
Eric Gales Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Neal Schon Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Pat Travers Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Scott Henderson Composer, Audio Production
Big Maceo Merriweather Composer
Chris Duarte Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Anthony Arvizu Engineer
Joachim Becker Executive Producer
Michael Lardie Bass Engineer, Drum Recordings
James Murphy overdub engineer, Vocal Recording
Mark "Mooka" Rennick Engineer
Mark Robertson Audio Production
Mike Varney Composer, Producer, Executive Producer, Audio Production
Leslie West Producer, Audio Production
Larry Brewer Remixing
Ralph Patlan Engineer
Robert Allen Craft Jr. Engineer
Darryl "#1" Phillips Engineer
Sean Shannon Engineer
Jeff Lightning Lewis Engineer
Marc Ford Composer, Audio Production
Jason D'Ottavio Engineer, overdub engineer, Vocal Engineer, Guitar Engineer
Kevin Curry Arranger, Guitar Engineer
R. Montrose Composer
D. Pattison Composer
Curtis Feliszak Composer
Ashley Moore Remastering
E. Boyd Composer
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