Size: 116.6 MB
Label: Broadway Records (France)
Styles: Modern electric British blues, R&B
[4:14] 1. Things Are Getting Harder To Do
[5:24] 2. You Hurt Me
[4:44] 3. Jumpin' For Jimmy
[3:36] 4. Grand Style
[3:34] 5. Real Gone Lover
[5:53] 6. SRV (My Mood Too)
[4:21] 7. Leave Me That Girl
[5:47] 8. Ham
[5:18] 9. Your Love Pulls No Punches
[4:50] 10. Swing Turn
[2:14] 11. Teach Me How To Love You
[0:55] 12. He Knows The Blues
The blues guitarist Otis Grand's first CD for Sequel records was recorded in Lyon, France in 1990, but was only on general release in Feb 1992 when the UK's SEQUEL Records picked up on it. "He Knows The Blues" Featuring the support of contemporaries like Otis' old friend Joe Louis Walker, Jimmy 'T99' Nelson, and Pee Wee Ellis (of James Brown fame). Joe Walker swaps guitar solos with Otis Grand on "SRV (My mood Too)" dedicated to the late Stevie Ray Vaughn. 'T99' Nelson shouts some vintage blues on " Jumpin' for Jimmy" and "Swing Turn", recalling the great R&B shouters of the 40's and 50's - Big Joe Turner & Wynonie Harris. Saxman Pee Wee Ellis, a member of the classic James Brown band of the 60's contributes arrangements and the instrumental " Ham".
B.B.King's long time bandleader and trumpet player Calvin Owens tops things off by arranging all the superb horn parts on the Cd. More importantly , Otis Grand's superb and tough blues guitar technique and playing is evident through out this set and covers a wide spectrum of blues styles.
Otis Grand (guitar); Joe Louis Walker (vocals, guitar); Earl Green (vocals); Dan Quinton (fiddle); Peter Acock (soprano saxophone, tenor saxophone); Pee Wee Ellis (tenor saxophone); Mike Hobart (baritone saxophone); Calvin Owens (trumpet); Mick Weaver (piano, organ); Steve Clayton (piano); Marc Wilson (drums, percussion).
He Knows The Blues