22 de setembre de 2017

Blues and The Alligator - The First Twenty Years of Alligator Records (1990) [Full documentary]

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Un video muy interesante para todos los aficionados al Blues. 



When Bruce Iglauer dropped out of college and moved from Cincinnati to Chicago back in 1971, he just wanted to be near his favorite Blues artists. He never dreamed he’d wind up starting what was to become the biggest Blues recording company in the world! Like many of his peers of the 60’s, Bruce was deep into folk music. But when he heard Blues music for the first time at a folk festival, the directness of the music, the intensity of emotion, reached out and grabbed him.

For a folkie turned Blues freak, Chicago was definitely the place to go. Chicago was - and still is - the Blues capital of the world. The US city with the largest black population in America, people who left the cotton fields of the Mississippi Delta to find  work up north, bringing their music with them. Bruce’s company - Alligator records - may be small by recording industry standards, but it’s  a giant when it comes to Blues. In the movie we meet contemporary Blues greats such as Koko Taylor and Lonnie Brooks, but also relive magic musical moments with past Blues legends such as Hound Dog Taylor and Sonny Boy Williamson.

We also meet the “new kids on the block” a new generation of young Bluesbloods like Kenny Neal, Billy Branch, ad lucky Peterson, artists proud of their musical last and aware of their responsibilities for the future.

The Blues grew up in Chicago’s Black Southside and Westside ghettos, but artists are performing more and more in clubs on the white Northside where there’s money to be made. “The irony of it all is that while Alligator has helped Blues survive and reach a broader audience”, Bruce says, “we’ve also helped take the music away from its traditional environment. And when that hapens the music changes.”

But Bruce is convinced that Blues will always be with us. “Blues is a healing music!”, Bruce explains, “and as long as there’s a need to be healed, the Blues will live on”.

A film by Jim Drowning.

0:00 Sky is Crying (Elmore james - C.L. Lewis - M.C. Robinson)
1:52 Horoscope (Lee Baker Jr.)
3:15 Sky is Crying (Elmore james - C.L. Lewis - M.C. Robinson)
4:43 You Don’t Love Me (Willie C. Cobbs) 
6:00 Snatch it Back and Hold it (ABlakemore - B. Guy)
9:09 Roll Your MoneyMaker (T. Taylor)
13:42 Can’t Let The Blues Go (Ed Williams)
16:25 Devil Child (K. Neal - R.F. Greenlee)
20:44 Stormy Monday (Aaron Walker)
24:05 You Got Me Running (J. Reed)
25:05 Darling I Miss You So (M.M. Babb)
30:50 Jealous Man (Lee Baker)
33:29 Like Father, Like Son (R. Baker - B. Iglauer)
35:23 Star Spangled Banner (Traditional)
40:12 It’s A Dirty Job (M.A. Brandon - T.M. Carns - F. James)
45:01 Sky is Crying (E. James - C.L. Lewis - M.C. Robinson)
48:22 Sweet Home Chicago (Traditional)

Production year: 1990
Camera: Peter Olsson
Video Editor: Michael Eklind
Executive Producer: Dag Haeggqvist

Ⓟ 1991 Gazell Records AB 
©  2010 Gazell Records AB

Gazell Videos is created by Gazell Records, one of the oldest still independent music companies in Sweden. Gazell has a reputation for excellent productions of jazz and world music and many of Sweden's major artists have recorded albums for Gazell.

20 de setembre de 2017

ROBERT JOHNSON * His References *

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Ilustración alegórica del artista NICOLA VERLATO 

Todos los aficionados al Blues que se precien conocen de sobra a ROBERT JOHNSON, uno de los referentes del género, Se sabe que compuso la mayoría de sus temas inspirados en otros anteriores de bluesmen que le precedieron. Johnson tomó muchos de sus Blues de otros artistas , sin embargo a pesar de ello ningún historiador deja de reconocer sus dotes para recrear y más bien transformar cualquier composición en un tema suyo. Ahí tenemos algunos ejemplos. 

OLD ORIGINAL KOKOMO BLUES, está claro que fué la fuente de SWEET HOME CHICAGO ! 

CROSSROADS fué la composición de Johnson después de oir el tema de Patton. 

Y así con una lista en la cual podríamos añadir , 32-20 Blues, bebido del 22-20 Blues de Skip James, Preachin' Blues que SON HOUSE compuso con el nombre de Preachin' the Blues.
Johnson estuvo fuertemente influenciado por Lonnie Johnson , por cierto que aprovechando la coincidencia de apellido  Robert se hacía pasar por hermano de Lonnie.......
Me and the Devil Blues , inspirado sin duda en el tema de Peetie Wheatstraw's Six weeks old Blues , y asi podríamos continuar con algún que otro tema menos significativo quizás que los expuestos.