VARIOUS ARTISTS - CD
HOWLIN' FOR HUBERT

LABEL:
Howlin' for Hubert D1-3
SOURCE:
The Apollo Theatre, New York 24th February 2012.
FORMAT:
3 cds & 1 DVD-R bonus
RUNNING TIME:
72.12/ 76.55/67.55/1.37.58
SOUND/SOURCE:
Discs 1-3: Audience Stereo, Disc Four: PCM
PACKAGING:
Fatboy case and cd single jewel case for DVD-R.
 


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SOUND 9 / PACKAGING 10 / PERFORMANCE 10

 

TRACK LIST:

Disc One: 1. Video Intro,   2. Key To The Highway, 3. Jeffrey Wright Introduction, 4. Big Head Todd Intro, 5. Roll Where You Want Hubert Sumlin, 6. Jimmy Vaughan Intro, 7. Six Strings Down, 8. Jody Williams and Kenny Wayne Shepherd Intros, 9. Lucky Lou, 10. Jimmy Vivino and David Johansen Intros, 11. Evil, 12. Ronnie Baker Brooks and Lonnie Brooks Intros, 13. Born In Chicago - Sweet Home Chicago, 14. Eddy Shaw and Henry Gray Intros, 15. Sittin On Top Of The World, 16. Henry Gray Boogie , 17. Elvis Costello Intro, 18. Hidden Charms, 19. Warren Haynes Intro, 20. You'll Be Mine, 21. Billy Gibbons Intro, 22. I Asked For Water, 23. Mister Highway Man.

Disc Two: 1. Intro To Jazz Foundation of American Director, 2. Wendy Oxenhorn Speaks, 3. Toni Ann Mamary, 4. House Band Intros, 5. Who's Been Talking, 6. Keb Mo Intro, 7. Howlin For My Baby, 8. Doyle Bramhall II Intro, 9. Commit A Crime, 10. Derek Trucks Intro, 11. Meet Me At The Bottom, 12. Susan Tedeschi Intro, 13. How Many More Years, 14. Three Hundred Pounds Of Joy, 15. Robert Randolph Intro, 16. Who Do You Love, 17. Buddy Guy Intro, 18. Quinn Sullivan Intro, 19.   Goin Down, 20. Hoochie Koochie Man, 21. Shemekia Copeland Intro, 22. Beggin You Please.

Disc Three: 1. Gary Clark Jr. Intro, 2. Catfish Blues, 3. Eric Clapton Intro, 4. Shake For Me, 5. Little Baby, 6. 44 Blues, 7. Goin Down Slow, 8. Keith Richards Intro, 9. Little Red Rooster 10. Spoonful, 11. Wang Dang Doodle, 12. Smokestack Lightning.
Disc Four: 1. Key To The Highway, 2. Six Strings Down, 3. You'll Be Mine, 4. I Asked For Water, 5. Mister Highway Man, 6. How Many More Years, 7. Three Hundred Pounds Of Joy, 8. Who Do You Love, 9. Goin' Down, 10. Hoochie Koochie Man, 11. Beggin You Please, 12. Shake For Me, 13. Little Baby, 14. 44 Blues, 15. Goin Down Slow, 16. Little Red Rooster, 17. Spoonful, 18. Wang Dang Doodle, 19. Smokestack Lightning.

 
REVIEW:

This newly released 3 silver cds set presents the whole tribute concert held on February 24th 2012 at New York s Apollo Theatre where a distinguished amount of original blues musicians as well as dozens of other musicians heavily influenced by blues got together for the final salute to Hubert Sumlin, the late great guitar player that recently passed away. The whole Tribute concert is made of songs on which Hubert Sumlin played in his career and therefore represents a who s who in Blues since he played with almost everybody including Muddy Waters, Bo Diddley and of course Howlin Wolf. The night starts with a video that portraits the man behind the music, a short acoustic version of Key To the Highway played by Eric Clapton and James Cotton then two introductions, Jeffrey Wright that presents a short speech followed by Big Head Todd who has been the leader of Sumlin s road band who sings and plays an acoustic song just written for him Roll Where You Want Hubert Sumlin. Then the players start coming on stage, first is Jimmy Vaughn the brother of Steven Ray Vaughn that plays an acoustic song called Six Strings Down properly written about great bluesmen that have passed away, followed by Kenny Wayne Shepherd together with Jody Williams who play Lucky You a 1957 b-side instrumental; Jody Williams was Howlin Wolf first guitarist and also played with Bo Diddley. This is the first band performance and the excellent quality of this recording can be ascertained here as all instruments are upfront with a global stereo sound that allows a perfect enjoyment of that night s musical content; this recording is very good with great details due to an impressive audience recording (maybe through a DAT recorder?) whose only minor drawback is that the music sound level is a bit low, that can be ascertained when the audience is clapping. After comes Johnny Vivino (a New Jersey musician who played with such different musicians as Max Weinberg and Leslie West), David Johansen from New York Dolls and The Fabulous Thunderbirds Kim Wilson, the string of better known songs starts with Evil from the Howlin Wolf repertoire. Father and son are now on stage with Lonnie Brooks and his son Ronnie Baker that perform a medley of Born in Chicago and Sweet Home Chicago; Eddy Shaw a sax and harmonica player himself part of Howlin Wolf first band Wolf Gang comes on stage with Henry Gray a New Orleans pianist that was with Howlin Wolf from 1956 through 1968 and they play together Sittin On Top Of The World and after Henry Gray s Boogie. This whole night is just a showcase for just about every living bluesman; pretty out of place seems to come Declan Patrick MacManus better known as Elvis Costello that jammed with Hubert Sumlin as late as September 2011, he joins them on a version of Hidden Charms that presents a rather unknown side of the English musician. It is then the turn of Warren Haynes from the Allman Brothers Band who plays with Kim Wilson You ll Be Mine and then the last act of Disc One is Billy Gibbons from ZZ Top that plays together with Warren Haynes two songs: I Asked For Water and Mister Highway Man.

Disc Two opens with a couple of speakers, first the American Jazz Foundation chief Wendy Oxenhorn who speaks about what they do for great jazz and blues artists and then Hubert Sumlin manager Ann Mamary; the house band is then introduced: it consisted mostly of   Sumlin s Cadillac Howlers including Willie Weeks on electric bass, Larry The Mole Taylor on upright bass, Eddie Taylor jr., Billy Flynn and Danny Kootch Kortchmar on guitar, Ivan Neville on keyboards, Chuck Goering on piano, Jimmy Lee Keltner and Steve Jordan on drums who was also the musical director and Kim White Lightning Wilson on harmonica; they perform Who s Been Talking. It is Keb Mp s turn after and he sings Howlin For My Baby with Eddy Shaw and, after an introduction by Donny Bramhall jr., a great version of Commit A Crime together with Jimmy Vaughn. Derek Trucks play Meet Me At The Bottom and with his wife Susan Tedeschi How Many More Years and Three Hundred Pounds Of Joy. Robert Randolph is then introduced and after a short intro plays Who Do You Love with Jody Williams. Buddy Guy hits the stage introduced by Quinn Sullivan and they all sing Goin Down and Hoochie Koochie Man. Some words on Quinn Sullivan, this 13 years old guitarist that plays with Buddy Guy since he was 8 really shows his great potential in the few lines he plays soloing at the beginning of Goin Down.The final song is probably the highlight of the show with an exceptional playing by Buddy Guy and Kim Wilson as well as great singing by Shemekia Copeland in Beggin You Please. The Third Disc opens with the rising star Gary Clark jr playing Catfish Blues before Eric Clapton comes to the stage to perform with him Shake For Me (a tune musically very similar to Killing Floor),  Little Baby and 44 Blues with Jody Williams. One of the best performances is certainly Goin Down Slow where there is a nice guitar solo by Gary Clark jr. and Keith Richards shows up just on vocals, he is later introduced and plays acoustic slide guitar on Little Red Rooster with James Cotton and electric guitar on Spoonful again with Clapton. This is the end of the concert and so all musicians come to the stage for Wang Dang Doodle with solos from James Cotton, Buddy Guy, Eric Clapton in order and the final encore Smokestack Lightning where every line of the lyrics is sung by a different singer. Some performers (Keb Mo, Derek Trucks, Susan Tedeschi, Shemekia Copeland, Warren Haynes, Gary Clark jr. and Buddy Guy) were also present three days before in Washington at the White House Red, White and Blues show, it is a pity the two events couldn t   be combined to offer a fantastic and richer performance. The DVD-R that comes as a bonus (although in a separate packaging with its own cover) shows highlights of the concert, taper is positioned upstairs and zooms are done from above, there is good clear footage with some shaking here and there and lots of audience disturbing the view particularly during Susan Tedeschi s set. From Clapton set there seems to be another source as some songs are shot from first rows in front of the stage (Little Baby, Goin Down Slow, Little Red Rooster, Spoonful and Smokestack Lightning).


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