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Happy Hosting, Happy New Year - Rob Ellen
Two blues veterans get together here; Benny, born in 1939, was bass player for his brother, the illustrious Freddy King, and these days he makes excellent blues albums himself. Singer and guitarist Cash McCall – aka Morris Dollison Jr. – had an R’n’B hit back in 1966 and worked at Chess Records as a session musician and songwriter. He has this set’s only original composition, the nicely traditional ‘Money’.
For the remainder of the set, the two draw on the classic blues of the 50s and 60s, the music they grew up with. Benny is singing better than ever – listen to him romp joyously through the Elmore James standard, ‘Shake Your Money Maker’, with Butch Mudbone playing the iconic slide guitar licks, and Jason Mingledorff throwing in a fine sax solo. Cash is two years younger than Benny and has suffered some serious health problems in the last few years, but he can still turn in some excellent performances, as on the album’s other Elmore James cover (well, that’s who gets the credit here) ‘It Hurts Me Too’, or the rather rude version of ‘The Dirty Dozens’. The set opens with the storming soul of ‘Got To Find A Way’, originally recorded by Harold Burrage for M-Pac Records and both Cash and Benny were associated with the label way back. There are a couple of fine Howling Wolf songs too – ‘Spoonful’ and ‘Built For Comfort’ – Cash played for a while with writer Willie Dixon and produced the award-winning album, “Hidden Charms”. For the final number, Sonny Boy Williamson’s ‘Bring It On Home’, the two main men are content to play their respective instruments in the tight backing band as the younger Billy Branch, who supplied fine blues harp licks to one previous number, also handles the vocal.
I know it is incredibly early in the year, but this has got to be a contender for Blues album of 2019. Highly recommended, of course.
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