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Editorial Reviews


1. Lucky You
2. Come Over To My House
3. Lifelong Lover
4. You May
5. Moanin' For Molasses
6. Monkey Business
7. I'm Coming Back In Again
8. She Found A Fool And Bumped His Head
9. Jive Spot
10. Brown Eyes And Big Thighs
11. Wham Bam Thankyou Ma'am
12. What Your Gonna Do?
13. Henpecked And Happy

Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 26, 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Evidence
  • ASIN: B0000636N4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #229,471 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By "kmeyer99" on April 3, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Jody Williams was one of the greatest musicians of the post-war Chicago blues scene. As a sideman in the 1950s, he provided beautiful guitar work on classic tunes for Chess records with Bo Diddley, Howlin' Wolf, and others. As a bandleader, he cut a precious few sides for a Chess subsidiary and some small Chicago labels. But in the mid-1960s, Jody called it quits. Dismayed by the music business, he put his guitar in its case, put the case under his bed, and went to find work as an engineer. He didn't touch his guitar again until 2000, when he was coaxed out of musical retirement by a group of blues aficionados.
Return of a Legend documents just what the title suggests: brand-new recordings, Jody Williams' first since the mid-1960s. The music is truly remarkable. Williams debuts 9 new compositions and remakes 4 of his classic tunes. His lyrics are clever, sometimes humorous, other times displaying a wisdom that appropriately matches the grey bearded, all-knowing grin you see on the cover. His singing is strong and evocative. But it's the guitar playing that really shines here. Jody Williams quit playing music years before the era of modern blues guitar pyrotechnics, championed by Hendrix-wannabes who sloppily mixed rock and blues as if there wasn't a difference. Listening to this CD takes you back to those pre-rock/blues days - his tone is clean, not fuzzed-out by distortion pedals; his chops are melodic and expressive, not boastfully mile-a-minute. After 35 years of not playing a note, Jody can once again do what only a handful of guitarists have ever been able to do: he makes that guitar talk. And I mean, IT TALKS.
On this disc he is backed by a top-notch crew of Chicago blues stalwarts including the impeccable Kenny Smith on drums and the delightfully-good Allen Batts on piano.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By "mgcfred" on March 31, 2002
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Jody Williams has released a new album "Return of a Legend", his first recording in over 30 years(Evidence), which should present him with a nomination for a Grammy for traditional blues album for 2003. This is an excellant blues album with shades of TBone Walker blending through the album. Jody is joined by such Blues notables as Ronnie Baker Brooks,Tinsley Ellis,Sean Costello,Rusty Zinn and on harp,Billy Boy Arnold. Jody recreates several of his earlier songs such as "Lucky Lou and Moanin for Molasses". Jody also does a fine job singing here also. I recently saw him at Rosa's Lounge in Chicago and had a tremendous time. I'm looking forward to hearing more great Blues from Mr. Jody Williams. Continued success Jody!!!!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Starhead on June 13, 2002
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This truly is the return of a legend. A unique voice on the guitar, excellent vocalist... there aren't really a lot of new blues albums that a guitar player just has to get, but this is one of them. I hope it's not the last we hear from Jody Williams... Ultra fine blues.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A. A. Paul on May 24, 2007
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This is such a great record. I've always loved Jody's playing, especially his stuff with Howlin Wolf. By the way, Jody plays on a couple tracks on the new Mannish Boys record, "Big Plans". Great traditional Blues record, and it's really exciting to hear Jody's playing in this context.
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