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Hawk Squat
     

Hawk Squat

by J.B. Hutto & The Hawks
 

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This album, which today sounds so wild and strong, was actually dissed in its day, largely because of the presence of a jazz saxophonist! Blues critics were a picky lot in those days (the late '60s), but time heals all wounds -- including misguided reviews -- and present pundits acknowledge HAWK SQUAT as a scrappy, raucous masterpiece by Chicago's Hutto. Where fellow

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This album, which today sounds so wild and strong, was actually dissed in its day, largely because of the presence of a jazz saxophonist! Blues critics were a picky lot in those days (the late '60s), but time heals all wounds -- including misguided reviews -- and present pundits acknowledge HAWK SQUAT as a scrappy, raucous masterpiece by Chicago's Hutto. Where fellow slide guitarists Elmore James and Hound Dog Taylor went for a fat, fuzzy sound, Hutto's bent was a glassy, keening tone that sliced like a knife but steered clear of dissonance. With a voice like a cross between a bull moose and a foghorn, Hutto hollers his anthem "20% Alcohol," which remains one of blues' greatest booze songs. "Hip Shakin'," "Too Late," and the sign-off rocker "Hawk Squat" all rock with beery authority, as Windy City perennials Dave Myers, Lee Jackson, and Sunnyland Slim provide accompaniment.

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All Music Guide - Bill Dahl
The raw-as-an-open-wound Chicago slide guitarist J.B. Hutto outdid himself throughout an outrageously raucous album (most of it waxed in 1966) anchored by an impossible-to-ignore "Hip-Shakin'," the blaring title cut, and savage renditions of "20% Alcohol" and "Notoriety Woman." Sunnyland Slim augments Hutto's Hawks on organ, rather than his customary piano.

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Release Date:
07/30/1994
Label:
Delmark
UPC:
0038153061722
catalogNumber:
617

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