Hendrix Band of Gypsys’ debut to be released

Jimi Hendrix’ Band of Gypsys first show finally gets released. The 12/31/69 Fillmore East show opened sonic doorways into the 1970’s with Billy Cox on bass and Buddy Miles on drums. A totally divergent sound from that of his earlier Experience, this group fused a more muscular brand of blues rock on standout tracks such as “Machine Gun” and “Freedom.”

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The Day Carlos Santana Met Miles Davis

“Miles was right. We didn’t understand harmonically or structurally what he and his band were doing. They had another kind of vocabulary, which came from a higher form of musical expression. It came from a special place—from Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie and John Coltrane—and at the same time it was deep in blues roots and expanded into funk and rock sounds” – Carlos Santana recounts meeting Miles from Ashley Kahn’s book Santana.
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King Biscuit Blues Festival 2016

Finding some tasty Delta Blues at King Biscuit Blues Festival in Helena, Arkansas. John Mayall closed out a great evening with Rebirth Brass Band and Anson Funderburgh & The Rockets (pictured). Looking forward to seeing Charlie Musselwhite this evening!

King Biscuit Blues Festival sundown at main stage
Anson Funderberg onstage at King Biscuit Blues Festival 2016
King Biscuit Blues Festival at night
Biscuit at night

 

Buddy Guy – Louisiana Blues

Lettsworth, LA native Buddy Guy with Mississippian Muddy Waters’ classic Louisiana Blues:

I’m goin’ down in Louisiana
Baby, behind the sun
I’m goin’ down in Louisiana
Honey, behind the sun
Well, you know I just found out
My trouble just begun

I’m goin’ down in New Orleans, hmm
Get me a mojo hand
I’m goin’ down in New Orleans
Get me a mojo hand (oh take me with you, man, when you go)

I’m gon’ show all you good-lookin’ women
Jes’ how to treat your love

Let’s go back to New Orleans, boys

Louis Armstrong Recording for “Satchmo Plays King Oliver”

Rare footage of New Orleans’ own Louis Armstrong and His All-Stars recording “I Ain’t Got Nobody” for his 1959 tribute album to his mentor King Oliver, an early innovator of New Orleans Jazz.

 

British Blues Top Ten

Alexis Korner's Blues Incorporated with Mick Jagger in 1962
Alexis Korner’s Blues Incorporated with Mick Jagger in 1962

“While it’s easy to associate British blues strictly with its superstar proponents—especially guitar gods such as Clapton, Page, and Beck—it’s easy to overlook the lesser-known acts who were intricately woven into the British blues family tree as well, in many cases providing a sort of minor-league club team system that supplied top players for the major league stadium fillers who would follow.”

British Blues Top 10