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VARIOUS ARTISTS - DVD
HOWLING FOR HUBERT

LABEL:
Northern Disc 3146-7
SOURCE:
Apollo Theatre, New York 24th February 2012.
FORMAT:
2 picture DVD-Rs
RUNNING TIME:
1.23.24/1.19.27
SOUND/SOURCE:
Dolby Digital 2.0
PACKAGING:
Double DVD Clamshell
 


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SOUND 9 / PACKAGING 8 / PERFORMANCE 9
 

TRACK LIST:

Disc 1: 1. Key To The Highway, 2. Roll Where You Want, Hubert Sumlin, 3. Six Strings Down, 4. Lucky Lou, 5. Evil, 6. Born In Chicago/Sweet Home Chicago, 7. You ll Be Mine, 8. I Asked For Water, 9. Mister Highway Man, 10. How Many More Years, 11. Three Hundred Pounds Of Joy, 12. Who Do You Love, 13. Goin Down.

Disc 2: 1. Hoochie Coochie Man, 2. Beggin You Please, 3. Shake It For Me, 4. Little Baby, 5. 44 Blues, 6. Goin Down Slow, 7. Little Red Rooster, 8. Spoonful, 9. Wang Dang Doodle, 10. Smokestack Lightning.
 
REVIEW:

This release from Northern Disc of the recent Howlin For Hubert performance at the Apollo Theatre in New York is the complete video recording of the show and also the best reconstruction job seen so far in 16:9 ratio. Footage is quite clear with effective zooms that allow close ups of the stage action. According to the concert promotion poster which is on the front cover of this release, this event was thought to be a celebration of the musical legacy of the late Hubert Sumlin and his influence on every guitar hero of today; the event was a fund raiser for Jazz Foundation of America, initially was a concert to honour Hubert Sumlin 80th birthday but then he passed away on December 2011 it was re-scheduled as a tribute. Other musicians were bound to be there, namely the late great Levon Helm that dropped out prior to the tickets going on sale due to recovery time needed from surgery,  Jeff Beck dropped out early on without explanation and Dr. John simply did not appear. The event was not officially filmed or recorded for release. Between performances if there is no footage a still of the product cover is shown. It does seem to be a combination of various sources though, since after Eric Clapton and James Cotton first performance shot from front of stage the second one (Big Head Todd) is shot from a side behind the stage. The House Band was composed of Willie Weeks - Electric Bass, Larry The Mole Taylor- Standup Bass, Billy Flynn- Guitar, Eddie Taylor Jr.- Guitar, Danny Kootch Kortchmar- Guitar, Barrelhouse Chuck Goering- Upright Piano, Ivan Neville- Organ, Electric Piano, Jimmy Lee Keltner- Drums, Steve Jordan- Drums, Musical Director, Kim Wilson- Harp, Vocals. The first great electric performance is certainly Lucky You that sees the coupling of Kenny Wayne Shepherd with legendary Jody Williams whose distinctive guitar embellishments complement perfectly the former s lightning solos. The following two tracks were not shown on any previous DVD and feature David Johansen on Evil and Lonnie Brooks with his son Ronnie Baker Brooks on Born In Chicago/Sweet Home Chicago: footage is very clear and sound too. Missing are tracks with Henry Gray and Eddy Shaw as well as Keb Mo and Elvis Costello appearances. White men blues comes after with Warren Haynes and Billy Gibbons (great licks exchange in Highway Man), Susan Tedeschi, Derek Trucks and Doyle Bramhall II on stage. Then Robert Randolph with his trade mark pedal steel again with Jody Williams in attendance and then Buddy Guy joins them for the final song on Disc One together with 12 years old Quinn Sullivan, blues newest child prodigy. The Second Disc opens again with Buddy Guy and Robert Randolph subsequently joined by Shemekia Copeland for a fantastic version of Beggin You Please. Next comes Eric Clapton joined by blues new name Gary Clark Jr. who perform four songs; unfortunately of Little Baby little footage is available just the middle part of  the song. On the last song Goin Down Slow, they are joined by Keith Richards that sings the first and next to last verses of the lyrics, while the performance sees the remarkable solos from Gary Clark Jr. and Eric Clapton, this time very well documented by excellent footage close ups. Keith Richards then plays acoustic slide guitar on Little Red Rooster with James Cotton and electric guitar on Spoonful where he is joined again by Clapton. The end of the concert comes when Wang Dang Doodle is played by all musicians together, replicated too on the encore Smokestack Lightning which was aptly selected to close the night because of Hubert Sumlin s signature riff.



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