In memory of Johnny Peret

In memory of Johnny Peret
In memory of my friend Johnny Peret, vibist, drummer, accordeonist extraordinaire

Saturday, January 1, 2011

YOU GOT ME RUNNIN' (Muse, 1991)

HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL

I’ll start the year with an album that should have appeared on or be linked  to the Nine Sisters blog as it was issued on the Muse label, but unfortunately this excellent blog no longer exists. 

My first love in Music was the Blues.  I discovered Jazz thru' Jazz Blues records and as such I’ve always been very fond of the great Blues Shouters, people like Wynonie Harris, Roy Brown, Big Joe Turner, Jimmy Whiterspoon, Big Miller to name a few. Because these bluesmen sat on the borderline between jazz and  blues, they were often shunned by the rock-fed white blues aficionados, who were never too keen on jazz anyway, prefering the raw harmonica based sound of Chicago Blues to the more jazz-oriented style of the shouters.  Alexis Korner made this remark almost 50 years ago.

The fact is that there aren’t many real blues shouters around nowadays.  I guess Willie Pooch could qualify. He recorded some fantastic sides with Tony Monaco on Hammond B-3.  Highly recommended but I won’t post them as these records are still currently on sale.

A photo of Larry O'Neill, taken
 from  an ad for a show in a
Cafe in Istanbul  in 2009.
The shouter I’ve posted today is not somedody one would call a household name ... unless you live in Turkey. It’s common for US blues artists to try their luck abroad but generally they choose Europe, some try Japan or Australia ... few would decide to become a blues star in Turkey.  Larry O’Neill did.  I don’t know whether he is still living there but the only info I manage to find on the net was from Turkish sources.  He’s apparently a regular visitors to festivals and clubs overthere

The only recording of Larry O’Neill I know is this excellent CD produced by Houston Person and issued on Muse in 1991.  The repertoire is mostly blues numbers and a few ballads but, as AMG states “no one's going to mistake You Got Me Runnin' for a Chess session of the 1950s or 1960s--O'Neill's backing consists of nothing but jazz musicians, including Person on tenor sax, Stan Hope on piano, Randy Johnston on electric guitar, Peter Martin Weiss on upright bass and Cecil Brooks III on drums.”

Tracks
You Got Me Runnin'
I Need You So           
Hard Luck Blues
Woke up This Morning          
I Want a Little Girl
Ain't Nobody Sleepin' in My Bed
Don't Deceive Me
Built for Comfort
How Do You Speak to an Angel
Why Must I Be Lonely

Credits :  Larry O'Neill (Vocals), Houston Person (Sax Tenor, Producer), Stan Hope (Piano), Randy Johnston (Guitar), Peter Martin Weiss (Bass), Cecil Brooks III (Drums).

Currently OOP.  Link in comments.

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  2. A blues star in Turkey? Interesting! I've never seen Turkey as a country with an affinity for blues. Well, learning never stops... And a Happy New Year to you and yours & good luck with your blog baby!

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  3. Never heard of this artist but the great Houston Person involved and a comparison to Willie Pooch makes it worth checking out.Thanks.
    Unfortunately Pooch died last year,his recent sides with Tony Monaco are excellent.I play stuff like this quite a lot on UK jazz radio.

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  4. RE-POST
    http://www.mediafire.com/?lihs06sndkf7m4p

    Great Jazz Blues album by one of last real blues shouter.
    Superb backing band (can't go wrong with Houston Person in the band).
    Dig it!

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