Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Shining The Pearls
Genres: Blues, Jazz
Mr. B tickles the ivories in a delightful fashion on this enjoyable set of boogies, breakdowns, and slow drags. - Austin Chronicle "Mr. B is a solid player with a penchant for refreshingly unexpected rhythmic twists and tu... more »
Mr. B tickles the ivories in a delightful fashion on this enjoyable set of boogies, breakdowns, and slow drags. - Austin Chronicle "Mr. B is a solid player with a penchant for refreshingly unexpected rhythmic twists and turns. In addition to covering tunes by Big Maceo Merriwether, Charlie Davenport, and John Davis, he also includes some fine originals and sings in a rich, pleasing, understated baritone." - Downbeat "Not many pianists in this style play with more conviction and determination than Mr. B, and this set shows the diverse influences he has absorbed. You'll find few albums played with such joy and heartfelt emotional content." - Ann Arbor News
Mr. B does it again!
possumwillie | 02/25/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Mr. B has done it again. He has made his unique blend of boogie-woogie and blues sound both fresh and fun. When he's not touring Europe, he plays in the Ann Arbor area. I have seen him perform many times, and he just keeps getting better! Just listen to "30 Days in Jail" and you'll be hooked. It's too bad some of his early vinyl offerings haven't been transferred to CD."
Polished ho-hum with a little oomph!
possumwillie | Washington, DC | 08/19/2004
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I like blues, boogie and jazz and play the piano. Mister B is a mixed bag, with a polished style and some nice licks but he mostly stays within the confines of his predecessors. So, in my opinion, you get one good song out of four or five and the rest are OK but nothing new - pleasant but style-wise fairly mundane. My own tastes run to Pine Top Perkins,Memphis Slim, Dr. John, Otis Spann, Prof Longhair. James Booker, Henry Butler, etc. When I want to hear period stuff, why get it re-packaged? Mister B is pleasantly OK and every once in a while outstanding. I remember how much I enjoyed hearing him play "Little Brother" and I spent some time stealing some of the licks . I would purchase this recording - I just wouldn't give it five stars or expect that your hair is going to stand up the first time you put it on. Leave that to the masters!"
Wow - great to hear Mr. B again.
Steven M. Koning | Falls Church, Virginia USA | 10/15/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Haven't heard Mr. B in years. Used to see him with Steve Nardella Band and that was quite an experience! I remember him rolling up to a closed off intersection at the Ann Arbor arts fair, sliding the piano off the truck and sitting down to play in the middle of the intersection. The crowd would swell instantly! Hey, maybe you gotta have soome Ann Arbor connection - but this man is great. I just got this CD yesterday and I'm lovin' it. Everyone walking by the office is asking about the great music...."