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Blues & Beyond

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English pioneering blues saxophonist Dick Heckstall-Smith's fourth solo recording, Godfather of British Blues -- Blues and Beyond, is scheduled for a June 19th release on new label Blue Storm Music. This album was nominated for a WC Handy Award as Comeback Record of the Year (2001)

Review

"He's an incredible improviser -- inventive and completely unpredictable." -- Pete Brown, May 2001

Peter Green, and Mick Taylor help Dick create some blazing blues and jazz, sure to set your soul afire. -- Music Dish Industry e-Journal, October 2001

1. Rollin' and Tumblin'
2. Millennium Blues
3. Watching Your Every Move
4. Cruel Contradictions
5. Angie Baby
6. Grind, Glitch, and Snit
7. Spooky But Nice
8. Hidden Agenda - Jack Bruce
9. Twilight Shuffle
10. (Dix WWW) Swamp
11. Big Deal
12. If You Know You Don't Love Me Why in the World Don't You Leave Me Be?

Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 19, 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Spitfire
  • ASIN: B00005K9TW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #210,397 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By deepbluereview on June 22, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Mr. Heckstall-Smith is sometimes referred to as the father of the blues in England. Forty years ago, Heckstall-Smith joined John Mayall and his Blues Breakers as part of its legendary horn section and stayed on through most of the Jazz/Blues fusion period in the mid 70's. Heckstall-Smith recently rejoined Mayall for his excellent CD "John Mayall and Friends".
On this CD, Heckstall-Smith assembles some friends of his own including Mayall, former Rolling Stone Mick Taylor, Led Zepplin's Paul Jones, the Legendary Peter Green, Jack Bruce and Clem Clemson. The result is an excellent production of 65 minutes of jazzy blues numbers. Even Muddy's "Rollin' and Tumblin'" is treated to an interpretation which is jazz infused. Ten original tunes, two interesting covers and lots of fun. If you are looking to broaden your blues collection, start here, you will be pleasently surprised. This is Brithish Blues at its finest.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Kurt Harding VINE VOICE on January 27, 2002
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I bought this CD on the strength of the list of guest musicians. Unfortunately, the best known appear on only one track each. It did take me quite a while to get into the music but now that I've heard the disc a dozen times or so, I find it to be about as good as I originally expected.
There is less of the blues and more of the jazz here but that does not detract. My favorite tracks are the hard-driving Watching Your Every Move which features some searing sax and guitar work and Hidden Agenda which is carried by Jack Bruce's otherworldly vocal style. Spooky But Nice offers some memorable guitar work by the legendary Mick Taylor. And throughout the CD, Heckstall-Smith's sax virtuosity is on display.
My only criticisms of the album are that it lacks direction and cohesion and that Mayall, Green, Taylor and Bruce were not more widely featured. Overall, Blues and Beyond is a fine effort well worth an encore.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Patrick Earley on November 20, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Heckstall-Smith is a great sax player who has played in some of the most important and influential bands in rock and blues history. From Alexis Korner's Blues Incorporated, to the legendary Graham Bond Organization, to John Mayall's Bluesbreakers. He formed a lot of friendships from these great bands over the years, and on this album he brings a lot of those friends aboard for this very cool project. This is one heck of a reunion. The whose who here includes Peter Green, Jack Bruce, Mick Taylor, Paul Jones, and John Mayall among others. Experienced professionals all, and it shows in the music. Except for Muddy Waters "Rollin and Tumblin" and Helen Reddy's "Angie Baby", everything here is Heckstall-Smith originals. I don't think there is anybody out there who is better at blending together blues, jazz, and rock, with a little R&B, and making it work this good and sound this wonderful. Some of my favorite cuts here are: "Spooky But Nice", which features the tasty slide guitar of Mick Taylor. The very catchy "Milennium Blues" which features a mannish boy beat and some unusual rhythm changes that you don't hear everyday. And "Hidden Agenda", which features some very strong vocals by Jack Bruce. The only thing I would have hoped to hear more of here is for Smith to have used Peter Green and Bruce to do all the singing on here instead of just their 2 songs. Because the album suffers otherwise from weak vocals throughout. But that's the only knock I have on this very enjoyable CD. Fans of both jazz and blues should equally enjoy this. Because the main attraction here is still Heckstall-Smith. And his sax playing is outstanding throughout. Very classy stuff.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By musician on April 8, 2014
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Dick H-S has got together with several chums from his Graham Bond and Colosseum days, plus the usual suspects ( Paul Jones, Peter Green et al.) and has crafted a generally excellent album, with the weak tracks at the beginning - before the 'groove' fully develops. His sax is like an early Stanley Turrentine, and Dave Clempson's guitar is well-judged as ever.
This album proves that there is life beyond the formulaic '12-bar'.
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