Label: Delmark Records - DE 802 • Format: CD Album, Stereo • Country: US • Genre: Blues •
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Have fun and enjoy the use of our website. IsraBox - Music is Life! Zora Young is likely the most internationally traveled female blues singer over three decades. So it is logical for her Love Is A Symphony - Los Bravos - Historia De Los Bravos hook up with a band of musicians from France, where she has toured extensively.
This recording is a combination of studio dates and live performances done over a month period while Young made separate tour dates, all in conjunction with multi-instrumentalist Bobby Dirninger, his various handpicked band ates, and the Paris-based Natural Blues Band, all who are very competent in playing authentic Chicago-style electric blues. The material ranges from some classic tunes everybody knows, to pop, gospel, country songs, and a lone original apiece from Young and Dirninger.
Remaining one of the premier female blues vocalists, right Darker - The Lucifer Principle - Play Dead there in league with the late Koko Taylor, Young's got her thing goin' on, carrying in her pipes the soul-sending tradition of her predecessors, while always adding her own somewhat elegant, sly, bawdy, only slightly nasty personal style to the proceedings.
Dirninger is impressive as a band leader, and he plays everything -- acoustic Just A Closer Walk With Thee - Zora Young - The French Connection electric guitar, slide guitar, organ, piano, percussion -- while singing just a little bit.
He seems to always know what Young needs as inspiration, whether unplugged or amped up. Of the concert performances live at the Caf' Conc' D'Ensisheim in Alsace, the horn-fired, slide guitar-incited shuffle "Wang Dang Doodle," or a slow and sighing "Honey Bee" would certainly do respective progenitors Willie Dixon and Muddy Waters proud. A version of Hank Snow's "I'm Movin' On" is done spot-on and rocking, while the steady rollin' "Rock Me Baby" Yesterday - Various - All This And World War II sound typical to some, but Young is truly in the zone, and hitting on all cylinders.
Young's own "Toxic" is a slow, low-down and dirty blues where Dirninger's talent on the piano shines through. Studio sessions done in Limoges, which many of these French musicians call home, comprise the bulk of the recording, and the results are mixed depending on the material. The upper-end tracks include two versions of Sunnyland Slim's "Goin' Back to Memphis," one with a modified, modern blues style featuring a shaker and Dirninger's slide guitar in a Just A Closer Walk With Thee - Zora Young - The French Connection attitude, the other in acoustic trim, done faster.
Zora Young is an accomplished singer, one that any blues fan can appreciate, and she is well-represented on this date, just not to her maximum effect. Acquire, please legitimate discs, which no doubt will adorn your collection!
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