November 1998

Junior Wells
Blues Hit Big Town
Delmark Records

Those wonderful folks at Delmark have opened the floodgates on another batch of blues treasures. Junior Wells' Blues Hit Big Town (Delmark DD-640; 48:38) is culled from historic 1953-'54 sessions that feature backing by Muddy Waters, Elmore James, Otis Spann, Willie Dixon, The Aces with Louis and Dave Myers and other Chicago blues stalwarts. Cut when the late Wells was only 19, it includes his first ever recording of "Hoodoo Man." An amazing document by one of the great 'real deal' bluesmen of all-time. Fast Fingers (Delmark DD-623; 51:19) is the 1969 debut as a leader by guitarist Jimmy Dawkins, longtime ambassador for Chicago's stinging, slashing West Side Sound. With Lafayette Leake on piano and organ, Eddie Shaw on tenor sax and Mighty Joe Young on second guitar, this one includes new, re-recorded vocals on "Back Home Blues" and "Sad And Blues," done at the artist's request.

Originally published in November 1998
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