Elmore James Jr. & The Broomdusters – Baby Please Set A Date
Elmore James Jr. is really the son of the blues legend Elmore James who played “Dust My Broom” with Sonny Boy Williamson in the 50’s. He got the slide guitar lessons from his father but at first he was not really interested in this style. In his 40’s he got interested to play the great music of his father because he got the feeling that he is responisble to play the traditional blues style. He played with many different bands in the last 10 years and on youtube.com you could listen to his great voice! Today he has a six piece band and plays most of his fathers songs. The sound of the band is really great because with ex Willie Kent’s Gent and Teardrop Jake Dawson on guitar and Ed Williams on sax (he played in Vance Kelly’s band) the music is not just traditional but also got a modern touch! So on this CD you can listen to the very best traditional Chicago blues band today, Elmore James Jr. and The Broomdusters! ENJOY!
1. Baby Please Set a Date – 3:14 2. Send Me Someone – 4:21 3. 3. Look On Yonder Wall – 3:00 4. Mean Mistreater – 4:43 5. Don't Get Mad At Me – 4:02 6. Dust My Broom – 2:59 7. Steppin' With Elmo – 3:54 8. The Sky Is Crying – 3:22 9. She’s Gone – 3:10 10. Married Woman Blues – 4:17 11. Amtrack Train – 4:29 12. Dustin' – 3:37 13. I've Been Around The World – 5:54
Elmore James Jr. (vocals, slide guitar) , Jaco Dawson (guitar) , Otis Green (keyboards) , Carl Norington (bass) , Edward C. Williams (saxes) , Jimmyd (Jim DiSpirito) (drums)
1. AllMusic - Michael G. Nastos
Since the release of his first CD, Elmore James, Jr. has won a Living Blues award, been touring more frequently, and is firmly establishing his own style of electric modern blues in his dad's image. This album with his backup band, the Broomdusters, shows he's much more than just a chip off the ol' block, as his slide guitar work sounds more distinctively like Elmore James, while his voice is not as rough and tumble. He's also more assertive as a songwriter, but is ever mindful of the tradition by covering famous songs from the classic Chicago blues repertoire. The band faithfully offers up renditions of "Dust My Broom," and "The Sky Is Crying," but also Arthur Big Boy Crudup's "Look on Yonder Wall" and Leroy Carr's "Mean Mistreater" that predate James, Sr. Saxophonist Edward Williams honks and jives with James, Jr. on occasion, trading licks for "Married Woman Blues" and dipping into a juke joint mode for the instrumental "Steppin' with Elmo'." There's a sense of value and purpose heard on every track, as James, Jr. grows with confidence on several levels, making for a solid effort that one can go back to for repeat listenings.
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