Santana Blues Fest DVD
Bobby Parker is a DC-based bluesman who, in the 1950s, played rock’n’roll guitar behind Bo Diddley, Sam Cooke, Jackie Wilson and The Everly Brothers. He’s been recording and touring ever since on a variety of labels, having cut some seminal blues sides like “Blues Get Off My Shoulder,” “Watch Your Step” and “It’s Hard To Be Fair.” His 11-song set includes three with Carlos: “Chill Out,” “Mellow Down Easy,” ending with his biggest hit, “Watch Your Step.”
The late Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown kept rockin’ into his 80s with a wide swath of music in his purview. The violinist/guitarist veered from Western Swing to Blues to Jazz to Rock in a heartbeat. There were no musical boundaries for this titan. His disc is a 10-song kaleidoscope, criss-crossing Louisiana Bayou boogie, a wild jam on Muddy Waters’ “I’ve Got My Mojo Workin’” with Santana and Buddy Guy, and a set-ending “Okie Dokie Stomp” with Santana and Nile Rodgers.
Buddy Guy is one of the last of a dying breed. He’s the current king of the Chicago bluesmen, having learned from Muddy himself as well as Howling Wolf, Guitar Slim and Willie Dixon. His frenetic latter-day rock wildness is a direct descendent of the days when performers had to do something—anything!—to get the attention of brawling boozing bar patrons who would just as soon hit you over the head with a broken bottle than ask for an encore. Guy is, arguably, the most electrifying blues performer the genre has ever seen. His set is heightened by a kick-out-the-jams mentality that includes all of the aforementioned musicians!