Rob Stone & The C-Notes – Just My Luck
Alhoewel stevig geankerd in de Chicago blues traditie volgt harmonicaspeler Rob Stone toch zijn eigen weg. Sam Lay en Dave Myers als special guests. Interessant.
Although they're solidly rooted in postwar Chicago blues tradition (spiced with a serious tendency to swing), labeling Rob Stone & The C-Notes a traditional blues band would be an injustice to their imagination. This young Windy City combo is charting its own direction.
A live performance by The C-Notes can transport the listener back to the heyday of Chicago blues. Fronted by harmonica-playing vocalist Rob Stone, the group comprises four seasoned professionals with well over a half century of combined blues playing experience. They've paid their dues in the smoky Chicago blues joints and toured coast to coast across North America and Europe, as well as the Hawaiian islands and Japan, playing countless blues festivals, club dates and television appearances.
Separately, the members of the group have recorded for the Alligator, Evidence, Hightone, Ice House, Marquis, Appaloosa and Magnum blues labels, and received national recognition in countless blues publications. These musicians have performed with, and learned from, many of the greats, and toured extensively with the renowned drummer Sam Lay, “The Shuffle-master,” and with Jody Williams, renowned Chicago guitarist. Their mastery shows from the first note. They are all authentic showmen with pure ability to tear up a stage, as evidenced by their prominent role in the recent Martin Scorsese-produced "Godfathers and Sons" episode of The Blues series that aired recently on PBS stations nationwide.
As a vocalist Rob Stone is powerful, yet relaxed and natural; as a harmonica player he evokes the sounds of greats like Little Walter, Sonny Boy Williamson and Walter Horton. The band members navigate their way effortlessly through one lean arrangement after another, from a soulful slow blues to a ferocious, driving slide guitar workout recalling past greats like Elmore James, Earl Hooker, and Muddy Waters, as well as all the blues harp legends from the heyday of Chicago Blues. Whether playing before an audience of seasoned blues fans, or a group of folks who've never been to a blues club, the energy and swing of their music pulls in the audience from the very first note.
The C-Notes play blues with love and respect for the tradition that lies at the heart of the music. The result is a genuine blues show unsurpassed in energy, feeling, and authenticity, presented with true professionalism and a touch of class.
1. Never Come Back - 3:46 2. Your Move - 4:34 3. I Had a Dream Last Night - 3:23 4. Cut the Heat On - 3:40 5. Empty Room - 5:43 6. Too Late Honey - 3:30 7. Playing Games - 3:30 8. My Side of the Story - 4:17 9. Just Out of Reach - 5:15 10. Pickin' the Blues - 4:15 11. You Got Me Restless - 2:57 12. Stranger Blues - 4:16 13. Rocket 88 - 3:54
Rob Stone (vocals, harmonica) , Dave Myers (guitar on 1,4,9) , Chris James (guitar, vocals on 12) , Patrick Rynn (upright & fender bass) , Eddie Kobek (drums on 1,4,9) , Minoru Maruyama (guitar on 2,3,6,10,12) , Sam Lay (drums on 2,3,6,8,10,12,13) , Jonathan Doyle (tenor saxophone) , Donny Nicholo (piano) , Rob Lorenz (drums on 5,7,10) , Jeff Stone (guitar on 8)
1. AllMusic - Scott Yanow
Rob Stone & the C-Notes play enthusiastic jump music and jazz-oriented blues. Stone is an excellent harmonica player and singer. His vocals are easy to understand and quite personable, the lyrics are intelligent, and his harmonica playing is powerful. Stone also wisely features his sidemen generously, so there are many guitar, piano, and tenor solos throughout this set, and not just on the instrumentals. This is a rare blues project in that it succeeds as both party music and for close listening. Highly recommended.
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