Various Artists

Buxton '95: The Alexis Korner Memorial Concert

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Guitarist Alexis Korner was a giant of the 1960s British blues scene. The band he formed with Cyril Davies, Blues Incorporated, was an influence on many young British musicians and many even were part of its ranks at times. He died in 1984 and 11 years later a bunch of his friends got together to pay tribute to his life and play the blues. Some of the famous participants were Paul Jones of Manfred Mann, Jack Bruce, Chris Farlowe, Dave Berry, Tony McPhee of the Groundhogs, Mick Abrahams, and Zoot Money. There were also a handful of lesser-known artists like Herbie Goins (who was the longtime singer for Blues Incorporated), Mike Sanchez, Connie Lush, and the Detonators. The album is a real labor of love -- everyone sounds like they are having a great time. Not a great artistic achievement to be sure, but it is nice to hear so many heroes of the '60s sounding so hale and hearty 20 years on from their heyday. Korner would have been glad to hear this disc and so will fans of British blues.

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