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Delay Does Chicago
Genres: Blues, Jazz, Pop
Pacific Northwesterner Paul deLay leaves behind his trusty band to take himself and his harmonica on a turn through Chicago; teaming up with Rockin' Johnny Burgin's band, he's produced an album of harp-heavy, Chi-town-flav... more »
Pacific Northwesterner Paul deLay leaves behind his trusty band to take himself and his harmonica on a turn through Chicago; teaming up with Rockin' Johnny Burgin's band, he's produced an album of harp-heavy, Chi-town-flavored blues that's more than a curiosity. DeLay is a veteran, and you can hear it in his concise songwriting, growling vocals, and riff-heavy harp playing. Things kick off with the heavy groove of "Beautiful Bones" before sliding into the tense, slow-burning "Brave Woman." DeLay and his borrowed backups shuffle handily through "All Cried Out" and "Come On Home," the latter of which boasts some hilarious lyrics, sung more than capably by Zora Young. Guitarist Jimmy Dawkins also guest stars. There's always been more than a bit of Chicago in deLay's playing, but it's a treat to hear him go for that sound for an entire album. --Genevieve Williams
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Vintage Guitar magazine review:
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Call this disc a tribute to the city where the blues reign. Bluesman Paul deLay had recorded all nine of his previous albums back home in Portland, Oregon. For this new CD, he made a pilgrimage to lay down a session with a specially formed Chicago band and invited Chicago guitarslinger Jimmy Dawkins and vocalist Zora Young to help out. The result is a rollicking set of blues originals from DeLay, well-known for his self-penned lyrics and compositions. Dawkins' guitarwork is tough stuff on his two cuts, and band member Rockin' Johnny Burgin tracks some solid licks on the remaining tunes. Zora Young sizzles on her sole song. Despite the guest stars, deLay still holds center stage. He sings his heart out and blows his diatonic and chromatic harmonicas as if his life depended on it. As deLay comments in the production notes in the liner booklet, "Technical, schmechnical---put some heart in it, dammit!""
DeLay does a detour into traditional Chicago-style blues
Scott C. Davis | Easton, PA USA | 01/25/1999
(4 out of 5 stars)
"If anyone ever wondered whether harmonica giant Paul deLay could belt out traditional blues, the evidence is conclusive on deLay Does Chicago. This CD is a self-proclaimed "dream project" on which deLay takes a one-time (I wonder) hiatus from his regular band. deLay happened upon the Rockin' Johnny Band at Buddy Guy's Legends club, and the Chicago-style blues groove was firmly etched in his brain. Straight from the start, on "Beautiful Bones," deLay conjures up a harmonica gale force befitting the Windy City. And when Johnny Burgin fires up his tasty guitar, the stage is set for a kinship that's quickly established. Always a prolific and terrific songwriter, deLay wrote or co-wrote all 12 tunes in a frenzy preparing for and all through the recording sessions. To say he was inspired by Chicago is an understatement to which anyone who's ever been there can testify. "Brave Woman" is a got-no-money blues song that starts out sorrowfully: "Boom boxes shakin' the windows/Pistols poppin' outside our door/I got no love for the `hood, but Oh Lord/It's all I can afford." But the song turns the corner into a celebration of a woman who loves her man for who he is. "Leave Me Alone" triggers a blues-infused intro by pianist Donny Nicholo that leaves no doubt as to the tradition rooted in this CD-and in deLay's new material. The song serves up another heapin' helpin' on this smorgasbord of blues harp. "Great Big Kid" is a funny up-temp song that reaffirms the premise that men are just boys with credit cards. "Come On Home" features vocalist Zora Young, while "El Train" welcomes Jimmy Dawkins aboard-and the Chicago guitar legend helps drive the train home. This CD is far more bluesy than the average Paul deLay (something which may attract a legion of new fans), and The Rocking' Johnny Band's Sho Komiya on bass and Kenny Smith on drums keep the blues rocking along. This CD is the blues-plate special if you want your deLay Chicago-style!"