Styles: Modern Electric Blues
File: mp3 @ 320kbps
Size: 123.35 MB
1. Done Got Over It - 3:55
2. Be Good, Be Gone - 2:42
3. Let's Start Again - 3:59
4. Big Time - 5:39
5. I Don't Want Your Money, Honey - 3:41
6. Think - 2:34
7. Act Right - 3:28
8. Lexington Express - 4:23
9. I Love The Woman - 4:31
10. No Use Knocking - 3:07
11. Who Will The Next Fool Be - 4:58
12. Rhumba & Orange - 4:01
13. Walkin' And Talkin' - 6:11
Personnel: Alex SCHULTZ - Guitars
Alberto Marsico - Hammond B3 Organ
Carl Sonny Leyland - Piano
Larry Taylor, Bill Stuve - Bass
Gio Rossi, Daniel Glass - Drums
Finis Tasby, Lynwood Slim, Tad Robinson - Vocals
Royal Crown Horns + more
Notes: Being the son of a world-known fashion designer and growing up in Greenwich Village is an unlikely background for a bluesman, but that's where Alex Schultz' story begins. At ten, Schultz started playing guitar and soaking up to the vinyl likes of Paul Butterfield, John Mayall's Bluesbreakers, and B.B. King. His stepdad exposed him to Django Reinhardt, Charlie Christian, and Wes Montgomery, influencing Schultz to play jazz guitar. During his sprint at Berklee School of Music, he commuted home weekends to perform with pop and rock groups. To meet the supply-and-demand for bass players, he switched instruments. A near-big opportunity for a songwriter Schultz was working for led him to relocate to Los Angeles in 1979. To keep busy, he played for Hank Ballard, Coco Montoya, and William Clarke. During this time Schultz returned to his first musical love, guitar. While with Clarke, Schultz played on Clarke's 1990's Blowin' Like Hell, which won a W.C. Handy.
The next ten years, Schultz teamed with Rod Piazza and the Mighty Flyers, appearing on 'Blues in the Dark, Alphabet Blues, California Blues, and Live at B.B. King's Blues Club'. Changing directions completely, Schultz partnered with harpist Lester Butler, to form 13, a meeting of two planets from opposite sides of the galaxy that created new forms of life - blues meets alternative. Butler's sudden death in 1998 forced Schultz to take in free lance projects, working on albums with childhood friend Tad Robinson, Big Joe and the Dynaflows, and Benjie Porecki.~~ by Char Ham.
If the sepia-toned photos of the guitarist aren't enough indication that this album is a throwback to his jump blues roots, the "no Stratocasters were used in the making of this recording," liner note should settle it. An experienced musician with an impressive résumé supporting blues acts such as William Clarke, Rod Piazza & the Mighty Flyers, and Tad Robinson (who contributes vocals to three tracks here), Alex Schultz doesn't use his first solo album as a showcase for his impressive guitar skills. In fact, after recording the bulk of the tracks in 2001, he returned to the studio in 2003 to add three more instrumentals - the only originals on the album - that feature his clean yet tough guitar solos. The result is a well-rounded, horn-dominated project that recalls the great jump blues of the '40s and '50s, but retains enough contemporary sheen not to seem dated. Schultz's snappy lead lines and sure sense of style guide these 13 tracks.
Veterans Finis Tasby, Lynwood Slim, and Robinson provide vocals on ten tunes, and all are in stunning form. The various singers mesh with the instrumentals to provide a diverse but focused album that never lags. Schultz digs into his influences to cover songs from Charlie Rich, Jimmy McCracklin, and Eddie "Guitar Slim" Jones, among others, all of which are delivered with style, sophistication, and a genuine respect for the genre. The closing Finis Tasby tune shifts into swampy territory with just standup bass and brushed drums as accompaniment. There isn't a false note on the disc as it swings with finger-popping, toe-tapping energy that will impress even the most dedicated lover of classic jump blues. ~~ by Hal Horowitz.