Thursday, October 11, 2007
The Sho' 'Nuff Blues
Mel Brown - Seven Forty-Seven (Airport Blues)
Eclectic instrumentalist Mel Brown is best known for his blues/jazz/funk LPs for ABC's Impulse label (1968-1973), where his guitar work was featured on fine tracks like "Chicken Fat," "Eighteen Pounds of Unclean Chitlins" (a very interesting jazz/funk thing that I have to post another time) and "W-2 Withholding." His career as a sideman, however, links together everyone from Johnny Otis to T-Bone Walker to Bobby Bland, and his return to the spotlight in the late-'90s has resulted in lots of accolades in the blues field. Today's selection came from his LP Mel Brown's Fifth, and it features his father, John Henry "Bubba" Brown, laying down the blues with authority. I know Thursday is not "blues day" around here, but this groovy thing will hit the spot, I guarantee!