Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Quintus McCormick, Still Called the Blues

Back for a new album is Chicago soul-bluesman Quintus McCormick with Still Called the Blues (Delmark 821). As with his previous albums this is old-school blues that rings true. Quintus sings, plays the guitar and writes the songs. He is joined by a grooving band for a set of solid blues fare.

This is music that has some of the urban and urbane qualities of the late Little Milton. Quintus' lead guitar has good classic heft, great phrasing and a slinky quality. Vocally he may be no Bobby Blue Bland in terms of power. It's fully the blues, it just isn't crafted to blow the roof off the house. He sounds like himself though, so that ends up being more important.

You like the real deal in soul blues? This one will get you in the good zone.

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