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Make Room for the Blues
Genres: Blues, Pop
An important part of the Chicago blues scene for decades, bassist and singer Willie Kent only began recording his own albums fairly recently. Make Room for the Blues, Kent's fourth for Delmark Records, is chock full of hea... more »
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An important part of the Chicago blues scene for decades, bassist and singer Willie Kent only began recording his own albums fairly recently. Make Room for the Blues, Kent's fourth for Delmark Records, is chock full of heavy grooves and rich vocals, in the best Chicago style. Kent is a master of mood; he goes from nice and easy ("Do You Love Me?") to lighthearted ("3-6-9," "Me and My Baby") to bittersweet ("Address in the Street") from one track to the next. Most of the material on the CD is Kent's own, testimony to his considerable songwriting abilities, and he's got a rich, versatile vocal style to go with it. There's some fine guitar work from Billy Flynn and Jake Dawson, and Kenny Barker turns in some excellent piano, but underpinning it all is Kent's rock-solid bass. --Genevieve Williams
Outstanding contemporary Chicago-style blues recording
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Excellent example of contemporary Chicago blues artist and his music. Long a fixture on the Chicago blues club scene, Willie Kent is finally recording under his own name and under a variety of labels. This particular release on Delmark records features Willie Kent with a band--hand-picked by Kent--which fits together well. A well-rounded, varied blues album; heavy on Kent's great vocals."
RIP Willie Kent 2006
. | Chicago, IL USA | 09/07/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"One of the great blues singers. For a hard , Mississipi sound, the best of his generation. Yes, he won the Handy Award every year, seemingly forever, for his bass playing, but that was just a consolation prize , an apology for not giving him the award for being what he -really- was: The premier male blues vocalist since Muddy Waters, while lesser but better known artists, presumed more fit to promote the Handys, stole the award."