Bob Corritore & Friends
Don’t Let The Devil Ride
Vizztone Label Group
Bob Corritore, harmonica wizard, has assembled an absolutely top tier group of musicians to work on this dynamic array of songs he has gathered up for this recording session. He and Clarke Rigsby have really put this disc together from nine different recording sessions, 12 songs, that took place from 2014 through 2017. It is a kind of mix and match group of musicians, from a multitude of sessions. What seems to have been the focus here other than Mr. Corritire’s harmonica was the vocals, as there are a large number of tracks where the vocals are truly exceptional, and always there is tremendous emotional connection to the song. This song, The Glide, has become a great favorite just because of the singer’s, Sugaray Rayford, connection to the song.
Then we go to something completely different, but equally appealing and Alabama Mike’s true connection to the song. I will say I hadn’t heard of him before, however I am going to look him up and see what else I can find.
The musicians that are put together on this disc are for the most part the most familiar names in Blues, however because of Bob’s long history with the Blues and Musicians associated with the Blues he knows the right ones for the song. Also because of his connections in Chicago and also the Phoenix area he has a wealth of talent to draw upon, and it feels on this disc as if he put all of that experience to work drawing some of the best, even if they are to a large extent unknown except to the cognizant. How many of you know of Danny Michael, Johnny Rapp, Illinois Slim, for truth? But whether you know their names or not they are good and they are top notch musicians.
by bob gottlieb