Cold Snap (1986), by Albert Collins, on Alligator. I am a fan of this label's output as there weren't a lot of labels putting out blues albums in the 80s. Johnny Winter had a run of three strong albums, and Albert Collins put out a few as well. I will pretty much buy anything from this label.

"Together" (1979) by McCoy Tyner, on the Milestone label. This is the only music of his I have on .

McCoy Tyner (p)
Freddie Hubbard (t, flugelhorn)
Hubert Laws (flute)
Bennie Maupin (ts)
Bobby Hutcherson (vibes, marimba)
Stanley Clarke (b)
Jack DeJohnette (d)
Bill Summers (percussion)
Produced by Orin Keepnews.

RIP Mr. Tyner.

RIP Lyle Mays

Pat Metheny Group's first album (1978). This is a very significant album in my life.

Pat Metheny (g)
Lyle Mays (k)
Mark Egan (b)
Dan Gottlieb (d)

When you own a big chunk of the bloody third world, the babies just come with the scenery.

I just learned that Kofi Burbridge died about a year ago. I saw him a few times with the Derek Trucks Band. My favorite show was in a really small venue. I could literally reach out and touch Derek. I loved Kofi's smile, and how he seamlessly went from keys to flute. We all shook hands after the show. RIP Kofi.

"Up Above My Head" from that show:

Derek Trucks (g)
Todd Smallie (b)
Yonrico Scott (d)
Kofi Burbridge (k, fl)
Count M'butu (p)
Mike Mattison (v)

Robben Ford - The Inside Story (1979)

Ford's first release on Electra, produced by Steve Cropper, is worth having if you are into tasty, jazzy guitar licks. Contains a couple of nice blues numbers as well. Standouts for me are Magic Sam, For The One I Love, North Carolina, and Tee Time for Eric. Personnel: The Yellowjackets before they were The Yellowjackets - Ferrante (k), Haslip (b), Lawson (d)


Magic Sam:

I did some crate/box digging today. I picked up a few albums but there wasn't much I was interested in.

The first record I ever bought was Go West by the Village People. It was 1979 and I was pretty young. In the Navy was a big hit, on the heels of YMCA, so I bought the album. I'm a little embarrassed to admit this. Eventually, I would make my way to blues and jazz, but this is where I started.


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