Primarily known as sidemen, pianist Pinetop Perkins and guitarist Hubert Sumlin, if not as widely recognized as the artists they've supported, do have something of a legendary status in the blues world. Thus, this CD where the two of them take the lead (providing vocals as well) is aptly titled. The material consists mainly of longtime standards such as "Got My Mojo Working," "Rock Me Baby," "Hoochie Coochie Man," and "The Sky Is Crying," all performed with the considerable skill attained through years of experience. If Perkins and Sumlin's approach to these tunes isn't exactly innovative, it is rock solid and energetic, with plenty of excellent lead work from them both. Also notable is Annie Raines's harmonica, which provides solid counterpoint to the two leads, and occasionally takes the lead on its own.
For her 34th studio album, Anne Murray recorded a set of duets with many of her favorite female singers, from Nelly Furtado to Sarah Brightman. There are a number of country duet partners here, such as Shania Twain, Emmylou Harris, and Martina McBride, but there are even more pop-oriented women singing with Murray, encompassing the likes of Celtic Woman and Celine Dion. This makes perfect sense, as Murray's always straddled the pop-country fence effortlessly. Her singing on Duets: Friends and Legends is just as effortless. Now in her fifth decade as an active recording artist, her voice hasn't lost a beat, sounding just as pure and clear as it did on 1970s "Snowbird" (done here with a surprisingly relaxed, easy vocal from Brightman, sounding for all the world like a young Olivia Newton-John). The majority of these songs are ones which have been sizeable hits for Murray in the past, most of which work nicely recast as duets, or at least showcases for harmony singing.
This new release is a very special collection of songs from Ireland. The musicians and bands included in the recording are amongst the finest Irish singer/songwriters, reflecting a range of feelings and impressions capturing the magical culture of the beautiful emerald isle. Featured artists include Dolores Keane, Mick Hanly, Barrowside, Arty McGlynn, Nollaig Casey, and John Duhan, to name just a few. The chosen songs, paint a portrait of Ireland not often seen on traditional Irish compilation albums. Rather than recording an album full of folk tunes passed down orally through generations, this release puts on display what today’s Irish songwriters are producing, and punctuates these songs with beautiful sound quality.
Ex-Tangerine Dream guitarist Bernhard Beibl, joins epic cinematic TV and film score producer Ryo Utasato, celebrated New Age pianist Kori Linae Carothers, and the layered synthesizers and guitars of producer Kuutana for Sequential Dreams' seventh album.
Although taken individually, sections of Legends tracks may have a sound familiar to New Age or Ambient music genres, the listener will discover the progressive nature of the composition style as the sections evolve from a setting of gentle mystical beginnings which gradually transition into energetic finales blending rich layers of synthesizer textures and pads, with percussive sequences cut through by masterfully played guitars…
Roy Buchanan has long been considered one of the finest, yet criminally overlooked guitarists of the blues rock genre whose lyrical leads and use of harmonics would later influence such guitar greats as Jeff Beck, his one-time student Robbie Robertson, and ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons.