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.”
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.