1950 was the year that Leonard and Phil Chess rebranded their record label and began their legendary association with Sam Phillips of the Memphis Recording Service. With the great Willie Dixon writing and co-producing they helped build the foundation of what we call Rock & Roll. Ike Turner, Howlin Wolf, Muddy Waters are just a few of the key figures that Chess brought to the world. Fast forward to the late 60's and bands like MC5 and The Sonics took the music back to its raw and powerful state. And now, it's time again to get back to the root.
Big Hands Rhythm & Blues Band takes a little bit from both of these veins of Blues history and infuses it with a growl reminiscent of Chuck E Weiss and Tom Waits, plus a bit of rollicking momentum a la Captain Beefheart. These are times of high energy and purpose, and these cats are ready to reflect and respond with raw guitar and a driving beat. The new album is titled Thoughts And Prayers, and you can well guess this is a sardonic comment on life in 2019.
released October 26, 2018
Osei Essed- Guitar and Vocals
Zach Jones-Drums and Background Vocals
Chris Kuffner-Bass and Background Vocals
Todd Caldwell-Organ and Piano
Steven Salcedo-Saxophones and Percussion
Produced By Big Hands Rhythm & Blues Band and Chris Cubeta
Recorded, Engineered and Mixed by Chris Cubeta at Studio G in Brooklyn, NY
Additional Engineering by Gary Atturio, Ronnie Disimone and Mark Schwartz
Mastered by Bob Power
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Yes indeed; New Orleans finest on top form!
Ever since Mr.Scott made such an impact with Marcus Miller's 'Tutu Revisited' project he has been on my radar. 'Christian a Tunde Adjuah' was a fine album but this is spectacular with Congo Square at its heart,I think...it has so many ideas and references that it is unclassifiable other than essential.
Miles Davis used to append the monogram 'New Directions In Music' to his Columbia albums...the same applies here.