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Three For the Road


  • Код: FBR018
  • Производитель: Forty Below Records
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Blues & Rock/Rythm & Blues
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2018-03-15
kontynent: Ameryka Północna
kraj: USA
opakowanie: kartonowe etui
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multikulti.com - ocena * * * * 1/2:
Aż trudno uwierzyć, że mamy oto 66 album Johna Mayalla, wokalisty, kompozytora, multiinstrumentalisty i producenta nagrań, pioniera brytyjskiego bluesa. Jego zespół Bluesbreakers był początkiem kariery dla takich muzyków jak Eric Clapton, Mick Fleetwood z Fleetwood Mac oraz Mick Taylor z The Rolling Stones. Jego kariera rozpoczęła się, gdy w 1963 roku, podobnie jak Mick Jagger czy Keith Richards, został dostrzeżony przez Alexisa Kornera. Pod jego wpływem John Mayall przeprowadził się do Londynu i założył zespół John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers.

Czasami wielkie dzieła powstają całkiem przypadkiem, tak też jest i tym razem. W marcu 2017 zespół Mayalla miał rozpocząć trasę koncertową promującą studyjny album "Talk About That" po Europie, jednak z powodów pogodowych i odwołanych lotów długoletni gitarzysta Mayalla - Rocky Athas został zatrzymany w USA. Reszta zespołu była już w Niemczech.

"Zdecydowaliśmy się na nagranie w Niemczech wyłącznie dlatego, że zależało nam na pracy z All Orange Music, firmą specjalizującą się w nagraniach koncertowych" - mówi Mayall. Zamiast rezygnować ze swoich planów, zespół wystąpił w trzyosobowym składzie, z Johnem na wokalu, harmonijce i klawiszach, i chicagowskiej sekcji - Greg Rzab na basie i Jay Davenport na perkusji. Tak powstał album, który zbiera doskonałe recenzje na świecie.

"Nie przegap dzieła prawdziwego mistrza w nowej odsłonie. Wciśnij przycisk "PLAY" na wybranym urządzeniu i doświadcz sam, na czym polega prawdziwa ekscytacja!"
American Blues Scene

"Three For The Road jest wyjątkowy, dający słuchaczom możliwość, aby docenić umiejętności Mayalla, jako klawiszowca, coś, co często gubi się w konfiguracji full-band, to zdecydowanie jedna z najlepszych płyt koncertowych w tym roku!"
Blues Blast Magazine


autor: Marek Dębski
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Editor's info:
Three for the Road, the new album from iconic musician and Blues Hall of Fame member John Mayall, features cuts drawn from two exuberant concerts recorded live in Germany in 2017. The title is a nod to the trio format featured on Mayall?s 2017 world tour, which includes long time bassist Greg Rzab and drummer Jay Davenport. The new record, produced by Eric Corne and John Mayall and mixed by Corne includes a mix of songs from both recent and classic John Mayall/Bluesbreakers releases, and represents the sixth offering from the fruitful partnership between Mayall and Forty Below Records.

bluesblastmagazine.com
Sometimes, even the best recorded music comes about by chance. That’s the case with his new, live set from British blues legend John Mayall. He was all set to kick off a tour in Europe last March when his plans were derailed.

Weather problems cancelled plane flights and kept his longtime guitarist Rocky Athas back home in America when the rest of Mayall’s band were in Dresden and Stuttgart, Germany, all set to lay down a follow-up to his star-studded 2017 studio release, Talk About That, for Eric Corne’s Forty Below Records imprint.

“We opted for recording in East Germany purely as a convenience and availability of a company (All Orange Music) that specialized in live recordings,” Mayall says. Instead of scrapping his plans, he decided to go ahead as a three-piece with John on vocals, harmonica and keyboards and backed solely by rock-steady Chicagoans Greg Rzab on bass and Jay Davenport on drums.

Far less formal than his prior release, which included Joe Walsh, and a full horn section, this CD, the 66th album in Mayall’s illustrious career – not counting compilations – delivers a polished, but laid back set of the Blues Hall Of Famer’s favorite songs: two of his own and others culled from the catalogs of old-timers Eddie Turner, Lightnin’ Hopkins, Henry Townsend and Lionel Hampton as well as 21st Century superstars Gregg Allman, Sonny Landreth and Curtis Salgado.

It’s actually a new chapter of his recording career, which began with a live LP, John Mayall Plays John Mayall in 1965 after a fistful of singles, because the alignment forced him into the spotlight far more than in normal performance. A brief introduction brings him to the stage as he launches into Taylor’s biggest hit, “Big Town Playboy,” accompanying himself on harp, delivering runs in his own style rather than the upper-register lines laid down by Jimmy Reed. He turns to the keyboard for a mid-tune solo and finishes the tune in instrumental duet with himself.

Hopkins’ “I Feel So Bad” is up next with Mayall filling the vocal breaks with techniques on the ivories he picked up after studying the work of Albert Ammons, Pete Johnson and Meade Lux Lewis, doubling down on harp and keys in the extended break, displaying far more energy than most folks his age.

A silky smooth keyboard intro kicks off Salgado’s “The Sum Of Something” and shines throughout as John makes the tune his own, giving space for Rzab and Davenport to put their talents on display during the break. The familiar Mayall anthem “Streamline,” first recorded with the Bluesbreakers in 1967, is up next with John at his funky best on the organ. An unhurried, traditional cover of Townsend’s “Tears Came Rollin’ Down” follows before a rock-steady version of Hampton’s big-band era classic, “Ridin’ On The L&N.”

Mayall’s back on organ for the Allman mainstay, “Don’t Deny Me” – penned by Jerry Lynn Williams – before covering “Lonely Feelings,” a song John first recorded in the ‘80s, and launching into an 11-minute version of Landreth’s “Congo Square” to bring the show to a close.

There have been so many high points in Mayall’s career that it’s all but redundant to claim another. But Three For The Road is special in its own right, giving listeners ample space to appreciate his skill as a keyboard player, something that’s often lost in the mix in full-band set-up. Available wherever fine music is sold, and a disc guaranteed to keep you grooving from the jump. This one’s most definitely going to go down as one of the top live-performance CDs of the year.
BY MARTY GUNTHER

markpuccimedia.com:
Blues Hall of Fame Member John Mayall’s Trio Unleashes New Three for the Road Live Album on February 23 from Forty Below Records

LOS ANGELES, CA – Blues Hall of Famer/“Godfather of British Blues” John Mayall will release an album of live recordings titled Three for the Road on February 23 via the Forty Below Records label. Produced by John Mayall and Forty Below Records president Eric Corne, the new album was recorded live in Dresden and Stuttgart, Germany, in March of 2017. The nine tracks on Three for the Road include fan and personal song favorites played by his trio: John Mayall (vocals, keyboard, and harmonica), Greg Rzab (bass) and Jay Davenport (drums).

“I hope the fans will enjoy the fireworks that the three of us came up with during a subsequent tour of Europe last year,” Mayall says. “We opted for recording in East Germany purely as a convenience and availability of a recording company. They specialize in live recordings and I must say they captured the energy that took place onstage. The songs come from my extensive library of material composed by some of my favorite blues players. Naturally, my playing is featured quite a lot more than usual in this format, and I hope listeners will enjoy the performances that capture a new chapter in my live shows.”

John Mayall has been utilizing the current trio format for over a year. Long-time followers of the legendary British blues master know to expect the unexpected from Mayall, who always likes to keep his sound fresh, both in terms of musical ideas and in the band members he’s utilized throughout his 50-plus year career.

“I’ve been using the trio format for our live shows for a year already,” he states, “and the reason for that came about quite accidentally when my guitarist Rocky Athas wasn’t able to make a festival gig due to airline cancellations. Since then, I found that the interplay and dynamics have created a more personal upfront sound in my live performances. I can’t speak too highly of bass player Greg Rzab and drummer Jay Davenport, who have been my bandmates for the last ten years or more. Their Chicago roots are to the fore every time we get onstage together.”

Three for the Road comes one year after the release of his last studio CD, Talk about That, which saw Mayall’s then-four piece band joined by a special guest, legendary guitarist Joe Walsh, who played on two tracks, “The Devil Must Be Laughing” and “Cards on the Table,” both John Mayall compositions. Talk about That garnered tremendous reviews from the fans and media alike, while also generating extensive radio airplay. It came after John Mayall’s induction into the Blues Hall of Fame in 2016.

For over 50 years, John Mayall has served as a pioneer of blues music, rightly earning him the title, “The Godfather of British Blues.” In 2013, John signed with producer Eric Corne’s label, Forty Below Records, and the four studio albums – along with two landmark Bluesbreakers live 1967 recordings – released since continue to raise Mayall’s recognition as a true pioneer and innovator in blues and roots music. He continues to perform extensively both in the USA and abroad, and has an ambitious touring schedule in place for the rest of the year that was booked by Monterey International Artists (www.montereyinternational.net).

As for what’s next on John Mayall’s horizon, he’s giving fans an early head-up as what’s to come in the future. “As for recording, I shall still be exploring the talents of guitar players who will be pretty well-known to all lovers of rock and roll. They will be strongly featured on the next studio album. I have already got songs lined up for our sessions in the studio at the end of this month. So look out for the prominent interplay and surprises that will be coming your way later this year. Thanks for all your support as usual. I couldn’t do it without you!”
by Mark Pucci

americanbluesscene.com:
John Mayall has always been the master of the understated. The best aspect of Mayall is that understated doesn’t mean underwhelming. Whether he’s knee deep in rock, blues, jazz, or gospel-infused delights, Mayall never fails to surprise, nor satisfy.

For over five decades this Blues Hall of Famer has been a pioneering musician and entertainer. With any of a myriad of stellar guitarists that included Eric Clapton, Peter Green, Mick Taylor, Coco Montoya, Walter Trout, Buddy Whittington, and most recently, Rocky Athas, Mayall and company forged new paths of aural discovery and wonder.

Here on Three for the Road, out on Forty Below Records, there is no guitarist. Mayall says, “I’ve been using the trio format for our live shows for a year already, and the reason for that came about quite accidentally when my guitarist Rocky Athas wasn’t able to make a festival gig due to airline cancellations. Since then, I found that the interplay and dynamics have created a more personal upfront sound in my live performances. I can’t speak too highly of bass player Greg Rzab and drummer Jay Davenport, who have been my bandmates for the last ten years or more. Their Chicago roots are to the fore every time we get onstage together.”

Produced by Eric Corne, Three for the Road features ten live tracks (the first being an Introduction) recorded in March of 2017 in Stuttgart and Dresden, Germany. Aside from the new trio format and the live presentation, what adds exponentially to this experience is the mix. It’s ambient, raw, sparse, and immediate.

Throughout the album, the musicianship is inviting and steals our attention from the very first. Hearing this trio perform so movingly, creating a sonic palette that is so full will surprise many.

We enjoyed these performances immensely, and of course, we did have favorites. Sam Hopkins’ “I Feel So Bad” sings as Mayall’s bright, catchy piano steps on out, while Curtis Salgado’s “The Sum of Something” woos us with a winning bass line and some deft keyboard magic from Mayall.

Mayall‘s own “Streamline” proclaims that the ’70s are back with organ so smooth, so engaging, it gave us goosebumps. Henry Townsend’s “Tears Came Rollin’ Down” features a raw vocal, and Mayall’s piano is glorious. The up-tempo “Congo Square” (Sonny Landreth/Dave Raonson/Mel Melton) closes out the album, recalling the early Bluesbreakers but with more urgency, and once again the piano stands tall, lifting the music up.

Don’t miss out on experiencing a true master flourishing in a new format. Hit “Play” on your device of choice and see what the excitement is all about!
ByBarry Kerzner

utwory:
1. INTRODUCTION
2. BIG TOWN PLAYBOY (Eddie Taylor)
3. I FEEL SO BAD (Sam “Lightnin’” Hopkins)
4. THE SUM OF SOMETHING (Curtis Salgado)
5. STREAMLINE (John Mayall)
6. TEARS CAME ROLLIN’ DOWN (Henry J. Townsend)
7. RIDIN’ ON THE L & N (Lionel Hampton/Dan Burley)
8. DON’T DENY ME (Jerry Lynn Williams)
9. LONELY FEELINGS (John Mayall)
10. CONGO SQUARE (Sonny Landreth/Dave Raonson/Mel Melton)

wydano: 2018-02-23
more info2: www.johnmayall.com

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