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Slim - Last Call
Review by Rick Webb
and blues are just different fleas on the same dog" Slim
is quoted as saying on the sleeve notes that accompany this, as ever,
excellently produced package from Delta Groove. Don't worry though,
as you might expect from one of the West Coast's premier blues labels,
the 'jazz' here is of the swingin-groovey-west-coasty-easy-for-bluesers-to-dig
variety rather than the sheets-of-sound-John-Coltrane malarky,
and the 'blues' is of the highest order.
This CD features guitarists
Kid Ramos and Kirk Fletcher among others, and it's good to hear them
playing some of this softer jazzy stuff. Slim's a proper harmonca player
- 'Across the Sea' is a dynamic masterclass in Sonnny Boy style harp
- but there can't be too many harp players who can also play flute as
well as well as he does on 'I'm Sorry', a late night mellow
groove of a song.
A late night mellow groove might well be the best way to describe this
whole CD. There's outstanding virtuosity
going on throughout, but it's a laid back kind of cool rather than an
in-your-face-check-out-my-solo antics that makes it a rare blues
record indeed. Not to mention a very welcome one. Well done Mr. Slim.
Now lets have a bash at some of that sheets of sound stuff...