Between 2001 and 2007, the Saturday Nite Fish Fry recorded three albums – Jump, Shout, Rock da House for Radioland/Universal, Rhythm & Soul and Dirt Road Blues for 7 ARTS. Each with a specific theme. “Jump, Shout,” is exactly as it hints at - jump blues, some classic Jay McShann, some low-down Professor Longhair, Charles Brown, Howlin’ Wolf and others. Second up, Rhythm & Soul features the vocals of Brooklyn, New York entertainer Shakura S’Aida. This was a transformational recording for the gifted singer, in that local Toronto DJ Eddie B opened his vault of unheralded recordings of female singers – most with one regional hit under their belt and exposed S’Aida to a wealth of transitional material – leading her to a career as a big-time blues belter.
There’s an early Dinah Washington and tour-de-force – “Maybelle’s Blues” to round out the set. Dirt Road Blues explores the blues side of Bob Dylan and soul of Eddie Hinton. The players are some of the finest in Canada with mad-passion for sitting in the pocket, blues tradition, a bit of soulful jazz and laying in down with authority.
These are the songs of Jesse Mae, Annisteen Allen, Mary Ann Fisher, Ann Cole, Sheri Washington, Ella Johnson, Dinah Washington, Big Maybelle, Eddie Hinton and Bob Dylan. Big ups to Gary Slaight for Dirt Road Blues support!
released February 7, 2017
Producer/Arranger/Keyboards – Bill King
Guitarist – Neil Chapman
Bass: Scott Alexander- 1,2,4,6,7,8
Bass: Howard Aye -3,5,9,10
Drums: David DeRenzo -1,2,4,6,7,8
Drums: Mike Sloski -3,5,9,10
Tenor Saxophone: Bobby Brough
Trumpet: William Sperandei
Baritone saxophone: Chris Gale
Alto Sax: John Johnson
Engineer: Doug Romanow 1,2,4,6,7,8, Michael Haas 3,5,9,10
1. I Just Can’t Stand It No More
2. Don’t Freeze on Me
3. Here I Am
4. Easy, Easy, Easy
5. Poor Ole Me
6. Maybelle’s Blues
7. Ain’t I Talkin’ To You Baby
10. Let’s Stick Together
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