Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Genres: Blues, Pop
Now one of the few survivors of the Chicago blues harmonica scene that once included Little Walter and Sonny Boy Williamson, Bell has the control, full tone, and attack of his mentors. A former sideman for Muddy Water... more »
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Now one of the few survivors of the Chicago blues harmonica scene that once included Little Walter and Sonny Boy Williamson, Bell has the control, full tone, and attack of his mentors. A former sideman for Muddy Waters, he was one of the last to learn his craft at the hands of the masters. This, his first Alligator album from 1995, updates several blues harmonica classics (Little Walter's "I Got to Go," Sonny Boy Willliamson's "After You," and a superb reading of Walter Horton's "Easy"), without ever losing sight of Alligator's company credo of "House Rockin' Music." In truth, Bell is not a great vocalist, and if the Walters and the Sonny Boys were still around, he wouldn't get a look-in. As it is, he's one of the few surviving bluesmen to come up from Mississippi, having seen and heard much of what the old guys saw. --Colin Escott
Gave Me A Whole New Perspective On Bell
Alex | Colorado | 07/10/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I have heard a great deal of praise for this album over the several years since I became a harpist and I had long been curious if it was worth the great reviews it got. Finally, I afforded the opportunity to hear it for myself when I recieved it as a gift. My initial reaction was WOW! I had heard Carey Bell before, but not like this. This album has a distinctly tough, gritty feeling, the like of which I haven't heard since I picked up Junior Wells' outstanding "Hoodoo Man Blues." The harp is the real show stealer here. Carey Bell has always been a bit underrated, not getting quite the same recognition as James Cotton or Little Walter. On this album, Carey clearly demonstrates that he can match anyone playing today. His tone is unbelievably fat, and his phrasing is remarkably intricate. Coupled with his ability to blow chromatic harmonica like no other, Bell really is one of the greatest players out there.Carey Bell is not the most talked about vocalist, and has actually been derided as being a sub par singer. I don't get it. He's not Muddy Waters, but in his own way, Carey is a good blues singer. His rough voice works well, particularly on such tracks as "When I get Drunk." The backing band is definatly in the groove too, with Lucky Peterson giving great work on keys and Carey's son, Lurrie, puts on a show on guitar. Overall, this is a stellar blues album. I had always liked Carey's work. After I heard this, he quickly became a personal favorite in the word of harmonica players. Once you hear this disc, you'll understand exactly what I mean."
WARNING: Blues Harp Attack!
RogerOutWest | San Mateo, CA USA | 07/23/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"OK, I admit it. I had never heard of Carey Bell. I went and saw him at Yoshi's because whatever they have is awesome. Always. And Carey Bell is no exception. I bought this CD on the spot and walked away wondering why in the heck he doesn't get more attention. This is blues the way it should be; high energy, raw, with the emotion of a smokey blues club. You like harp. You like blues. You will love this CD. I guarantee it."
The title says it "Deep Down"
Steve | New England | 12/23/1999
(4 out of 5 stars)
"A very solid CD. The harp playing is nothing less than what you would expect from Carey Bell. If you like the whole range of blues harp. This one cover it all. I would buy it again - & again....."