While giving his 3-year-old child a bath last September, David Peck says the thought to make a documentary DVD about Curtis Mayfield and The Impressions just popped into his head.
The brainchild of ace session musicians Charlie Carp and Danny Kortchmar, known
mostly for his work with a solo Don Henley in the ’80s, Slo-Leak mashes up traditional blues guitar with a dense, swampy thicket of funky, down-and-dirty electronica on the duo’s third album.
I know there are Web sites devoted to misheard song lyrics, but while we’re all together here, let me tell you about one particular case that’s been bugging me for most of my adult life. It involves the words to my favorite record by a 1950s vocal group called The Pearls. I’ve been listening to “Let’s You And I Go Steady” since it came out in 1956, and, in some ways, I’m no closer to getting it right today than I was as a teenager.
The Flairs (also spelled The Flares) were known by many names, including The Hollywood Blue Jays, as well as The Chimes, The Ermines, The Jac-O-Lacs and The Peppers, according statistics listed on the group’s card in Music Nostalgia’s trading card series.
Elvin Bishop sounded upbeat on the phone from his northern California farm.
He’s just released The Blues Rolls On (a cross-generational collaboration reaching from B.B. King to the school-age Homemade Jamz Blues Band), and his crops are thriving.
A studio shot of Miles Davis during the “Kind Of Blue” sessions. (Courtesy of Sony BMG Music Entertainment/Don Hunstein)
“I ain’t never heard no blues played like that!” — Attributed to Cannonball Adderley by Miles Davis and referring to a solo by John Coltrane in an early live performance of the Miles Davis Sextet
The list of names is impressive to say the least. From Eric Clapton to Jack Bruce to Fleetwood Mac’s Peter Green, John McVie and Mick Fleetwood to Free’s Andy Fraser — all, at one time or another, worked with British blues-rock legend John Mayall and his Bluesbreakers.