BLUES ARTIST BIRTHDAY:

ERIC BIBB (1951) - One of the most imaginative modern musicians working within the blues tradition, Eric Bibb is also one of the least recognized in proportion to his talent, at least in his home country of the United States. Bibb is a singer, songwriter, and guitarist with deep roots in American music, roots that come from his family background and also from his own journey as a musician. Music ran deep in his family; jazz pianist John Lewis of the Modern Jazz Quartet was his uncle, and his father Leon Bibb was an actor and singer who got involved in the rising folk scene in New York's Greenwich Village in the 1950s and early 1960s. Bibb grew up surrounded by folk music royalty. Singer and activist Paul Robeson was his godfather, and such nationally famous singers as Pete Seeger and Odetta were family friends. Another guest, when Bibb was 11, was Bob Dylan. "When I found out that he had arrived I snuck downstairs in my pajamas and had a talk with him about guitar playing. He told me to keep it simple--forget all the fancy s-t," Bibb told the Irish Times.  Eric's "For You" at YouTube:
http://youtu.be/uwSbiWkY15I

JAZZ ALBUM RECORDED:

John Coltrane – Lush Life (1957)
Track Listing:
Like Someone In Love
I Love You
Trane’s Slo Blues
Lush Life
I Hear A Rhapsody

Review by Lindsay Planer at Allmusic:
Lush Life (1958) is among John Coltrane's best endeavors on the Prestige label. One reason can easily be attributed to the interesting personnel and the subsequent lack of a keyboard player for the August 16, 1957 session that yielded the majority of the material. Coltrane (tenor sax) had to essentially lead the compact trio of himself, Earl May (bass), and Art Taylor (drums). The intimate setting is perfect for ballads such as the opener "Like Someone in Love." Coltrane doesn't have to supplement the frequent redundancy inherent in pianists, so he has plenty of room to express himself through simple and ornate passages. Unifying the slippery syncopation and slightly Eastern feel of "I Love You" is the tenor's prevalent capacity for flawless, if not downright inspired on-the-spot "head" arrangements that emerge singular and clear, never sounding preconceived. Even at an accelerated pace, the rhythm section ably prods the backbeat without interfering. A careful comparison will reveal that "Trane's Slo Blues" is actually a fairly evident derivation (or possibly a different take) of "Slowtrane." But don't let the title fool you as the mid-tempo blues is undergirded by a lightheartedness. May provides a platform for Coltrane's even keeled runs before the tenor drops out, allowing both May and then Taylor a chance to shine. The fun cat-and-mouse-like antics continue as Taylor can be heard encouraging the tenor player to raise the stakes and the tempo -- which he does to great effect.

The practically quarter-hour reading of Billy Strayhorn's "Lush Life" is not only the focal point of this album, it is rightfully considered as one of Coltrane's unqualified masterworks. The performance hails from January 10, 1958 as Coltrane sits in with Red Garland (piano), Donald Byrd (trumpet), Paul Chambers (bass), and Louis Hayes (drums). Coltrane handles the tune's delicate complexities with infinite style and finesse. Garland similarly sparkles at the 88s, while Byrd's solo offers a bit of a tonal alternative. It should be noted that the reading here does not include a vocal from Johnny Hartman. That version can be found on the ever imaginatively monikered John Coltrane & Johnny Hartman (1963).

 


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