Wednesday, March 15, 2017

CD Review: Revisit The Music Of The Bill Evans Trio And John Lee Hooker With Two New Releases

Jazz pianist Bill Evans might best be known for his work on the Miles Davis' masterpiece "King Of Blue." He only worked with Davis for a year before going on his own to lead the Bill Evans Trio. The trio had a number of line-up changes throughout the years, but a specific live performance from 1976 is the subject of a new Bill Evans Trio release titled "On A Monday Evening."
 
The trio featured Bill Evans on piano, Eddie Gomez on bass and Eliot Zigmund on drums. The performance took place on November 15, 1976 at the Madison Union Theater on the campus of the University of Wisconsin. The new 8-song release was recorded by two student DJs who archived the concert for prosperity. The music that night was magical as Evans lead the way on the opening track "Sugar Plum." The gentle Evans original "Time Remembered" and the more up-tempo swing of "T.T.T. (Twelve Tone Tune)," leads the way to the audience favorite "Someday My Prince Will Come," which Evans used to perform with Miles Davis. The new live album finishes with the nearly ten-minute jam of "All Of You," which allows the band to let loose, before the quieter "Some Other Time," as Evans always leaves you wanting more from this musical genius. For more information about the new release "On A Monday Evening" from the Bill Evans Trio, please visit concordmusicgroup.com.
 
It would be hard to argue that John Lee Hooker is not one of the greatest bluesmen of all-time. His boogie-shuffle guitar style is uncanny and his deep vocals delivered his messages with a purpose. He has penned some of the most iconic blues songs of all time in his nearly 60 year music career. To kick off the celebration of what would have been John Lee Hooker's 100th birthday, Vee-Jay Records in association with Concord Bicycle Music, has gathered 16 of Hooker's most well-known tunes on the newly released compilation "Whiskey & Wimmen."
 
Beginning with "Boom Boom" you instantly feel that you are in the presence of greatness as the simply 1-2-3 rhythm, the shuffle guitar solo and memorable lyrics spelled out success for the 80 year old bluesman. The album continues with the storied lyrics of "Boogie Chillin'" and the burning guitar boogie of "Dimples." The title song, "Whiskey & Wimmen" gallops along as Hooker tells us tales of his addictions, before his pleads of "I Need Some Money." The new release includes Hooker's fascination with "Big Legs, Tight Skirts," the acoustic blues gems "No More Doggin'" and Crawlin' King Snake," before finishing with the slow, chugging of "It Serves Me Right" and the howling harp of "Time Is Marching." To find out more about the newly released "Whiskey & Wimmen: John Lee Hooker's Finest," please visit facebook.com/JohnLeeHookerofficial.

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