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I Hear Some Blues Downstairs

Fenton Robinson

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A bit of a disappointment in its inconsistency following such a mammoth triumph as his previous set, yet not without its mellow delights. The title track is atypically playful; Robinson's revisiting of the mournful "As the Years Go Passing By" is a moving journey, and his T-Bone Walker tribute "Tell Me What's the Reason" swings deftly...

Biography

Born: 23 September 1935 in Greenwood, MS

Genre: Blues

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s

His Japanese fans reverently dubbed Fenton Robinson "the mellow blues genius" because of his ultra-smooth vocals and jazz-inflected guitar work. But beneath the obvious subtlety resides a spark of constant regeneration — Robinson tirelessly strives to invent something fresh and vital whenever he's near a bandstand. The soft-spoken Mississippi native got his career going in Memphis, where he'd moved at age 16. First, Rosco Gordon used him on a 1956 session for Duke that produced "Keep on Doggin'."...
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