Robert Lockwood Jr. - The Complete Trix Recordings (2003)
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Robert Lockwood Jr. - The Complete Trix Recordings (2003)

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Artist: Robert Lockwood, Jr.
Title Of Album: The Complete Trix Recordings
Year Of Release: 2003
Label: Savoy Jazz
Genre: Blues
Format: MP3, FhG
Quality: 320 kbps, 44.1 Khz
Total Time: 01:28:21
Total Size: 207 Mb
Covers: Included
Lockwood cut two albums for Trix, Contrasts (1974. and Does 12 (1975., (issued together as The Complete Trix Recordings on the 32 Blues label. which rank among his best recordings.
The Savoy Jazz issue of Robert Lockwood Jr.'s legendary Trix recordings is a gift for anyone interested in the immediacy of raw, wide-open blues with no regard for convention or trend. Lockwood's music could have been recorded anytime between 1950 and the present. His production techniques are plaintive and serve to equalize everything at the same level, giving the music a live feel usually left behind in a studio. His idiosyncratic tunings and distorted amplification offer the listener the kind of in-your-face presence usually found only in a club. But it's the material, the volume and range of it, that is the most staggering. Lockwood and band - which includes the great blues saxophonist Maurice Reedus - tear through the blues from Delta to Chicago to Kansas City, from New York to Texas and beyond. Check the opener, "Little Boy Blue," for its deep Delta root and contrast it with the beautiful saxophone wail in "Annie's Boogie," which comes straight out of T-Bone Walker. Or dig the acoustic Piedmont-style blues in "Driving Wheel" and let it run you over before the jazzy blues of "Majors, Minors & Ninths," which echoes Charlie Christian, knocks you on your ass. All of these cuts are on disc one, but there are two totaling 25 tunes, recorded live in the studio without the benefit of a rehearsal or a mixdown. Disc two features a bit more Chicago-oriented material, such as "This Is the Blues" and "Little Queen of Spades," but it also features one of the most stunning reads of Robert Johnson's "Terraplane Blues" ever recorded. Indeed, the listener gets a distinct impression that hearing these songs played by this very same band on another night might sound very different than they do here; thank God, yes. This music is only sketched in forms, leaving plenty of room for honest to God improvisation, and the listener benefits mightily. Awesome.
Personnel:
Robert Lockwood, Jr. - Guitar, Vocals
Maurice Reedus - Saxophone
Mark Hahn - Guitar
Gene Schwartz - Bass
George Cook, Jimmy Jones Jr. - Drums
CD 1: Contrasts
01. Little Boy Blue
02. Come Day, Go Day
03. Annie's Boogie
04. Driving Wheel
05. Funny, But True
06. Mr. Down Child
07. Lonely Man
08. Hold Everything
09. Dust My Broom
10. Majors, Minors & Ninths
11. Forever On My Mind
12. I Am To Blame
13. Howdy Dowdy
14. Empty Life
CD 2: Does Twelve
01. Just A Little Bit
02. This Is The Blues
03. Down Home Cooking
04. Walkin' The Blues
05. Angel Child
06. Terraplane Blues
07. Red Top
08. Selfish Ways
09. Half Steppin'
10. Little Queen Of Spades
11. King Biscuit Time
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