NEW GENERATION OF CHICAGO BLUES
Berlin, 6 novembre 1977
Melvin "Harmonica" Hinds (né le 4 janvier 1945 à Trinidad aux Caraïbes) commençait une carrière à Chicago après avoir fait ses débuts à Ottawa au Canada. Billy Branch (né le 3 octobre 1951 à Chicago) n'avait encore enregistré que deux titres sur une excellente anthologie produite par Steve Wisner ainsi qu'un 45t au sein du groupe Tin Pan Alley de Crash Crawford. Johnny B. Moore (né le 24 janvier 1950 à Clarksdale, Ms) n'était alors connu qu'en tant que (excellent) guitariste de Koko Taylor. Vernon Harrington (né le 21 mai 1953 à Chicago, hélas décédé le 8 janvier 2015) n'était aussi connu que parce qu'il faisait partie de la famille de Carey Bell Harrington. De même que le fils de Carey, Lurrie Bell, le benjamin de la tournée (né le 13 octobre 1958 à Chicago!) n'avait alors fait des apparitions sur disque qu'en compagnie de son père sur l'album Heartaches and pains. Le chanteur-bassiste Freddie Dixon est évidemment le fils de Willie. Tous ont plus ou moins fait des carrières notables, devenant des piliers du Chicago blues.
A l'exception de l'excellent chanteur et guitariste William "Dead Eye"
Merci à Hans Jürgensen, Blues Compartido et la revue Jefferson pour leur aide.
Berlin, 6th November 1977, a place and a time for a memorable blues concert! While the famous American Folk Blues Festivals had stopped since 1972, Willie Dixon - despite a frail shape - had taken again the same formula so popular in Europe. But with an important twist: for this time he has gathered some very young (all were less than thirty years old!) Chicago bluesmen, calling the tour rightly "The New Generation of Chicago blues". And this bold attempt proved to be a triumph, particularly when Willie and his young band sang the recently Dixon's penned I'm gonna tear down the Berlin Wall!
Melvin "Harmonica Hinds" (born 4th January 1945 in Trinidad Island) was just starting a career at Chicago after displaying his harmonica blues skills in Canada. Billy Branch (b. 3 October 1951 in Chicago) had only recorded two tracks for a Steve Wisner's excellent anthology and a 45s as a member of Crash Crawford's band Tin Pan Alley). Johnny B. Moore (b. 24th January 1950 at Clarksdale, Ms) was only known as the Koko Taylor's lead guitar player. Vernon Harrington (b. 21th May 1953 in Chicago, unfortunately untimely dead on 8th January 2015) was just a member of the Carey Bell Harrington's large family of musicians. The same could be said for Carey's son Lurrie Bell, the youngest of them all (b. 13 October 1958 in Chicago) who had only appeared as a featured singer and guitarist on his father's LP Heartaches and pains. And, of course, singer and bass player Freddie Dixon is Willie's son! Others young bluesmen were featured (namely James Kinds) but I have not been able to trace their recordings of the day.
Since 1977, all of them have become more or less noteworthy names of the Chicago blues, recording LP's and CD's, playing numerous gigs and concerts and touring the world over.
All but the striking singer and guitarist, maybe the best performance herein, William "Dead Eye" Norris (b. 12th October 1951 in Jackson, Ms) who had really become a very expressive blues guitar stylist after meeting Fenton Robinson in... the Cook County Jail in 1971! When freed, Norris has played with Jesse Anderson, Bobby Rush, Mc Kinley Mitchell, Little Mack Simmons... before being hired by Willie Dixon for this Berlin date! The 1980's were lean years for Norris's career despite playing with Johnny Christian and Rico Mc Farland and he finally returned to Memphis during the 1990's to resume his musical career more in a Soul blues style under the Sonny Mack name, launching his MackII band and recording several CDs, particularly for the Elko label.
Thanks for their help to Hans Jürgensen, Blues Compartido and the Jefferson magazine.
NEW GENERATION OF CHICAGO BLUES
Berlin, 6 November 1977
Harmonica Hinds, vcl/hca; Bombay Carter, g.
01. My baby changed the lock on my door
Harmonica Hinds, hca; Bombay Carter, g; Lurrie Bell, g; Vernon Harrington, bs; Larry Taylor, dms.
02. Harmonica shuffle
03. Hinds' Chicago blues
Willie Dixon, vcl; Johnny B. Moore, g; Dead Eye Norris, g; Lurrie Bell, g; Billy Branch, hca; Freddie Dixon, bs; Larry Taylor, dms.
04. I am the blues
05. Tear down the Berlin Wall
Billy Branch, vcl/hca; Johnny B. Moore, g; Dead Eye Norris, g; Lurrie Bell, g; Freddie Dixon, bs; Larry Taylor, dms.
06. Billy's harmonica blues
07. Don't start me to talkin'
Freddie Dixon, vcl; Billy Branch, hca; Johnny B. Moore, g; Dead Eye Norris, g; Lurrie Bell, g; Vernon Harrington, bs; Larry Taylor, dms.
08. How long
09. Hoodoo doctor
Vernon Harrington, vcl/bs; Billy Branch, hca; Johnny B. Moore, g; Dead Eye Norris, g; Lurrie Bell, g; Larry Taylor, dms.
10. All your love
Johnny B. Moore, vcl/g; Billy Branch, hca; Dead Eye Norris, g; Lurrie Bell, g; Vernon Harrington, bs; Larry Taylor, dms.
11. I'm a king bee
12. Going back to Iuka
Dead Eye Norris, vcl/g; Billy Branch, hca; Johnny B. Moore, g; Lurrie Bell, g; Vernon Harrington, bs; Larry Taylor, dms.
13. As the years go passing by
14. Somebody loan me a dime
15. Thrill is gone/ I'll play the blues for you
Lurrie Bell, vcl/g; Dead Eye Norris, g; Johnny B. Moore, g; Vernon Harrington, bs; Larry Taylor, dms.
16. I'm ready
Willie Dixon & the band, vcls/g/hca/bs/dms.
17. Got my mojo working