Big James And The Chicago Playboys – The Big Payback – Recorded Live
High energy soul powered blues recorded live at the legendary Lionel Hampton Jazz Club in Paris. In addition to three of James's blues-tinged original tunes, the program ranges from the killer James Brown groove of the title cut to the soul classic "Trying To Live My Life Without You," George Clinton’s "I’ll Stay," to the set closing instrumental version of "Smoke On The Water." The Big Payback is a joyous celebration of the great tradition of horn-based blues ensembles that leaves the listener – much like the Parisian audience – wanting more.
1. The Blues Will Never Die - 4:51 2. Big Payback - 5:28 3. Coldest Man I Ever Knew - 4:26 4. All Your Love - 4:19 5. Jody’s Got Your Girl and Gone - 5:26 6. That’s Why I’m Crying - 5:17 7. Trying To Live My Life Without You - 3:48 8. I’ll Stay - 6:37 9. Low Down Dirty Blues - 5:18 10. Smoke On The Water - 2:24
Big James (vocals, trombone) , Mike Wheeler (guitar) , Larry "L-Dub" Williams (bass guitar) , Charles "Richard" Pryor (flugelhorn, trumpet) , Joe Blocker (keyboards) , Cleo Cole (drums) , The Chicago Playboys (background vocals)
1. Living Blues
"Big James and his mates have clearly established themselves among the masters of contemporary Chicago blues. This set captures them at their hard-hitting best and will be a must for their many fans."
2. Music Connection
"One hot night for the formidable blues/rock/funk combo. They tear into a wellspring of truly exciting and diverse material."
3. Vintage Guitar
"It's a masterfully executed set that will make you wish you'd been there when it was laid down."
4. Blues Revue
"The super-tight Playboys must rank among the most versatile units working today, moving easliy between slamming R& B, razor-edged funk, and down-in-the-alley blues, with a keen ear for pacing and entertainment value...pitch-perfect music, convincingly executed." -