B.B. King: Get These Blues Off Me
Get These Blues Off Me
B.B. King (guitar, vocals)
One Kind Favor (Geffen)
Ricky Woodward (tenor sax), Keith Fiddmont (alto sax), Ernie Fields, Jr. (baritone sax), Ira Nepus (trombone), Nathan East (bass), Jay Bellerose (drums, percussion), Randall Aldcroft (euphonium), Neil Larsen (organ).
Horns arranged by Geoff Muldaur. Composed by T-Bone Walker.
Recorded: Los Angeles, no date given (CD released in 2008)
Rating: 91/100 (learn more)
B.B. King's One Kind Favor CD, released a few days before the guitarist's 83rd birthday, shows that the world's most famous blues musician is still going strong. King has tried his hand at a variety of styles over the years, even dipping into jazz, soul and rock stylings when the right occasion came along. But my favorite setting for King is a medium-tempo blues, a simple formula that has produced many of his greatest moments, such as "Sweet Sixteen," "How Blue Can You Get?" and "The Thrill is Gone"—to name just a few. The latter song may come to mind when fans hear "Get These Blues Off Me," which is reminiscent of King's 1969-1970 crossover hit. The guitar work and vocal are full of passion, and the band is first rate. Kudos for King, and also for producer T Bone Burnett, for adding another must-have album to this artist's lengthy discography!
Reviewer: Ted Gioia