In Memory of Michael Bloomfield
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Michael Bloomfield's guitar solos had a passion as unique as Aretha's. His tone was as fat and as pure as Rollins' or Davis' tone. He was able to play all the variations of the blues like no one I have ever heard. He did not necessarily play fast but you felt like he was playing with everything he had. When he was on his game he was able to encompass everything I felt in that tone of his and play my blues away. Many guitar players take up residence in the upper register of their guitars and never leave. Michael played the whole range of possibility. Listen sometime to the way he enters on "I've got a mind to give up living" from East-West. Some of his playing, like on East-West or The Live Adventures of Bloomfield and Kooper set standards by which I judge other players.
Why try to cover someone like that? In the case of Robben and Patrick Ford, the reason seems to be the desire for more people to discover, hear and appreciate Bloomfield's music. Like myself, they first heard Bloomfield as teenagers when his albums were coming out. Robben has never lost his admiration for Bloomfield's playing.
The other reviews tell you what you need to know about who is playing on this CD and what stands out. About that I will only say two things: it is sweet to hear such a FAT horn section again (does no one make soul-blues albums anymore with great horn sections?) and the guitar playing by all is fabulous.
My one note of caution- these guys do not capture Bloomfield.Read more ›
The twelve cover tunes and one original tribute song are sprinkled with four snippets from an interview Dan McCloskey conducted with Bloomfield. Some of this interview can also be heard on Columbia's vinyl release, "Bloomfield: A Retrospective", long out of print. In the same way this CD has Bloomfield telling his early recollections of hearing the blues in Chicago, playing with Paul Butterfield, the early days of the Electric Flag and the universal appeal of the blues.
The performances are stellar. On one hand, there is painstaking attention directed to recreate songs like "Killing My Love", "Groovin' Is Easy", "Stop" and on the other, the players allow themselves to stretch out on "Feelin' Groovy" (with a brief nod to East-West at the coda) and "Mary Ann".
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Thanks so much to Mr. Ford. I was a student and friend of Michael's, and this album brings back memories of the man with a rush of joy. Read morePublished on December 8, 2013 by S. E. Hunt
I'm biased because I've dug Mike Bloomfield since his days with the Butterfield Blues Band. I bought this on CD when it came out (and their Butterfield tribute) but didn't know... Read morePublished on April 19, 2010 by Woyaya
In all due fairness to the last reviewer's take on this Incredible project by the Ford Blues Band, and others... Read morePublished on April 9, 2007 by Tim From Cincinnati
As they say, "the road to hell is paved with good intentions" If intent was what the rating criteria was, this would be 5 stars, but the rating criteria is supposed to be based on... Read morePublished on January 24, 2007 by Rick Shaq Goldstein