Malcolm Gibson

Walk On

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When this album was released in early 2001, Malkum Gibson (the harp player formerly known as Malcolm Gibson) and guitarist Chris Kleeman had been playing the blues together for over 30 years. Both are exceptionally fine instrumentalists and neither is any slouch in the vocal department, either, though the slight vocal edge goes to Kleeman. The duo's first album was produced by B.B. King and released in 1970; since then, they have worked together on and off on several duo and solo albums. The time they've spent paying dues has paid off with interest; their renditions of blues songs both standard ("Step It Up and Go," "It Hurts Me Too") and original (Gibson's "I Love the Way You Everything") burst with joyful energy. Highlights include Kleeman's almost gleeful performance of the Mississippi John Hurt classic "Stagger Lee," a delicate and eerie take on Brownie McGhee's "Sportin' Life," and a stately, deliberate rendition of Big Bill Broonzy's "Key to the Highway." Highly recommended.