Lost American Bluesmen

Lost American Bluesmen

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Put together by Jimmie Lee Robinson, this album brings together several older Chicago sideman who have had scant chance (if any) to record as soloists, and most of whom had given up the business and were brought back out of retirement for this session. Harmonica man Sleepy Otis Hunt opens and closes the set with powerful performances on "Leave Here Running" and "Pick No Cotton." Frank Scott checks in with strong turns on "Reap What You Sow," "The Ghetto," "American Bluesmen" and "Double Trouble." Drummer Bill Warren turns in three solid numbers with his remake of "Riding in My Jaguar," "Black Cat Blues" and "Big Fine Girl." Willie Hudson (perhaps the most modern artist here and the youngest at age 56) turns in two fine performances while Jimmie Lee Robinson emerges from his producer/sideman role for "I Was Wrong" and "Jumping in Chicago." All of these artists have long pedigrees in the blues field (most dating back to the 1950s heyday of Chicago blues) and prove that they still have plenty of gas left in their respective tanks.

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