"Well, this gives the lie to the statement that the best blues is laid down spontaneously, often in the last few minutes of a studio session as the producer's trying to get the musicians to pack up". That was my first thought listening to this CD "blind" - this is carefully crafted music, thoughtful blues with meticulous arrangements, such as Professor's Louie's excellent piano playing on his version of Tommy Tucker's classic 'High Heel Sneakers', Miss Marie's immaculately timed gospel shouts on 'Love Is Killing Me', Jimmy Reed's 'Bright Lights Big City' reworked to the melody of The Drifters' 'On Broadway' (I confess at first I thought this was a needless gimmick, but give it time), or the hip soul-jazz into Caribbean-flavoured instrumental that is 'Blues & Good News'. Then there was a flurry of notes or a small inflection that made me think of The Band, before I recalled that Louie a.k.a. Aaron Louis Hurwitz did in fact work with The Band for over a decade and and a half and was given his stage name by Rick Danko. Yes, there is an odd touch of Americana but mostly this is immaculately executed, prime blues - not the run-of-the-mill, production line stuff. And yes, the entire album was recorded in three days, I'm told!