The Bluesmasters Vol 2 -CD review
The Blues Masters Vol. Two-in Memory of Pinetop Perkins and Hubert Sumlin – DMD
The second edition of what started out as a jam session and meeting of the minds, The Blues Masters series has become a living tribute to two of the participants who have since passed on. Convened by Tim Tucker and Mickey Thomas the Blues Masters sessions pair up legendary blues men with upstart performers on an array of blues classics to show off the talents of young and old alike.
For this second album piano man Pinetop Perkins and Howling Wolf sideman guitarist Hubert Sumlin where asked to join in the fun but sadly both legends passed on before the album’s release and thus their memory is now given tribute here with love and respect. Sensational vocalist Cassie Taylor is featured on several of the albums tracks, displaying her hyper sexual attack on classics “Bring It Home To Me,” and “I Just Want To Make Love To You.”
Mickey Thomas nearly blows all his pipes out as he wails on the Willie Dixon standard “Little Red Rooster.” Two hidden gems are revealed on the heavy duty shuffle “Tangoray,” a great tune written by Keith Richards and Johnnie Johnson and sung by underappreciated veteran diva Hazel Miller, who simply blows the roof off this one. Of note is also the fine harmonica playing of Doug Lynn and Drumming of Aynsley Dunbar throughout the album. And of course the guitar and piano playing from Pinetop and Sumlin is a master class on the blues. Thankfully we now have this last album session to remember they had what it takes right up to the end.
Rick J Bowen