Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Around the blogs

The Blues Blogger has an interesting post on the great bassist and songwriter Willie Dixon: "After composing and playing in many local groups, Dixon eventually signed to Chess Records as a recording artist. He began performing less and started getting more involved with the label. Dixon became a full time employee with Chess in 1951, where he acted as producer, A&R talent scout, session musician and staff songwriter. His relationship with the label was nervy at times, but his output and influence was extraordinary. He worked with all the greats such as Chuck Berry, Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, Little Walter and Sonny Boy Williamson II, just to name a few."
Willie Dixon - amazon.com

Big Road Blues has the notes from their latest radio show in an essay: "Today’s wide ranging mix show spans the years 1927 through 1977. We have a whole slew of fine pre-war recordings on tap today including a set of fine female singers and a set of excellent piano players."
Blues music - amazon.com

The Princeton Record Exchange's Blog reviews a concert with Ab Baars and Ken Vandermark: "This night belonged to the front line of Baars and Vandermark. Both of them switched freely from tenor to clarinet (and on one piece, Baars on bamboo flute), sometimes in the middle of a piece, creating pungent and creative dialogues."
Willie Dixon - amazon.com

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