CeDell Davis

The Best of Cedell Davis

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AllMusic Review by Steven McDonald

CeDell Davis' guitar tunings are quite unique -- he seems to have some sort of internal scale that makes for brilliant blues guitar and very difficult band performances (for this album he's backed up by Col. Bruce Hampton and members of the Aquarium Rescue Unit). What's amazing is that the sometimes atonal result works beautifully -- it's a razorlike mix in that it's cutting and makes for tense social situations, but it's a standout blues album, with Davis' busted-up voice being pushed along by the ARU/Davis music train. A quirky surprise.

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