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"C" for Chicago

by Steve Freund
 
No one will accuse Steve Freund of having the greatest voice in the blues world. While Freund is an impressive guitarist, he is merely adequate as a singer. But when you're evaluating an album, it is important to look at the big picture. Taking different things into consideration -- impressive chops, adequate singing, likable songwriting -- one concludes that C for

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No one will accuse Steve Freund of having the greatest voice in the blues world. While Freund is an impressive guitarist, he is merely adequate as a singer. But when you're evaluating an album, it is important to look at the big picture. Taking different things into consideration -- impressive chops, adequate singing, likable songwriting -- one concludes that C for Chicago, although slightly uneven, has more plusses than minuses. Freund won't blow you away with a great voice, but he still gets his points across on enjoyable (if derivative) Chicago-style blues numbers like "Everytime I Get to Drinking," "Working Man," and "Please Love Me" (which employs Boz Scaggs as a second guitarist). One of the CD's most memorable tracks is "I Love Money," a humorous account of having champagne tastes and a beer budget. Like so many blues songs that have been recorded over the years -- or, for that matter, country songs -- "I Love Money" manages to laugh at life's disappointments. Freund also provides a few instrumentals -- which include "Mr. Jackson's Boogie" and the jazz-influenced "Cool Dream" -- and that is a good thing because they give him a chance to really stretch out on electric guitar. Although C for Chicago is a Chicago blues album first and foremost, Freund shows his appreciation of jazz at times. And that is why he was lucky to have guitarist/singer Dave Specter produce this album. A versatile musician, Specter has one foot in the blues and the other in jazz, and he serves Freund well on this generally decent but imperfect effort.

Editorial Reviews

Southwest Blues
[A] fine Chicago-style blues album.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/23/1999
Label:
Delmark
UPC:
0038153073428
catalogNumber:
734

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Steve Freund   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Dave Specter   Rhythm Guitar
Boz Scaggs   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
Kim Wilson   Harmonica
Mark Fornek   Drums
Terry Hanck   Tenor Saxophone
Willie Henderson   Baritone Saxophone
David Maxwell   Organ,Piano
Harlan Terson   Bass
Rob Waters   Organ
Austin DeLone   Organ
Pete Crawford   Rhythm Guitar
Tim Wagar   Bass
Justin OBrien   Bass
Sam Burckhardt   Tenor Saxophone
Kevin Coggins   Drums
Wendy DeWitt   Piano
Paula Burns   Background Vocals
Bot Dutko   Drums
Mark Hannon   Vocals
Bob Carter   Drums

Technical Credits

Dave Specter   Producer
Robert G. Koester   Producer
George Hansen   Liner Notes
Kate Hoddinott   Artwork
J. Michael Rodriguez   Engineer
Steve Wagner   Engineer

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