Little Willie Anderson – Swinging The Blues
If you're a blues harmonica player, it's virtually impossible not to owe a debt to Little Walter Jacobs. Willie Anderson, sometimes known as Little Walter, Jr., was Little Walter's chauffeur, valet, drinking buddy, and occasional substitute on gigs.
On this reissue of a 1981 LP, Willie is backed by some of the cream of Chicago sidemen: guitarists Robert Jr. Lockwood, Jimmy Lee Robinson, Sammy Lawhorn, and drummer Fred Below, another Walter alumnus. Though not quite as fleet and adept as Walter, Little Willie's tone has a raw biting edge and impassioned power. Like Walter, his blowing is horn influenced...
Anderson is consciously carrying a flame here, but not with quiet reverence. He blows for broke, and this is one of the most exciting harp albums since Walter's death. - CityPages
1. Come Here Mama - 2:39 2. Willie's Women Blues - 3:48 3. Lester Leaps In - 3:34 4. Everything Gonna Be Alright - 2:55 5. Late Night - 4:11 6. 69th Street Bounce - 3:31 7. Looking for You Baby - 4:21 8. Been Around - 3:39 9. West Side Baby - 4:12 10. Big Fat Mama - 6:27
Little Willie Anderson (vocals, harmonica) , Robert Jr. Lockwood, Sammy Lawhorn (guitar) , Jimmy Lee Robinson (guitar, bass) , Pete Haskin (alto saxophone) , Willie Black (bass) , Fred Below (drums)
1. AllMusic - Bill Dahl
Blues on Blues has been defunct for quite some time, but Earwig recently restored Anderson's only album to digital print. It's a loose, informal affair, Anderson's raw vocals and swinging harp backed by an all-star crew: guitarists Robert Jr. Lockwood, Sammy Lawhorn, and Jimmie Lee Robinson; bassist Willie Black, and drummer Fred Below. Anderson only revived one Walter standard, having brought a sheaf of his own intermittently derivative material to the session (although he does take a stab at bluesifying Lester Young's jazz classic "Lester Leaps In").