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Album Review

Veteran bassist Aron Burton, after nearly four decades as a greatly in-demand sideman in the blues world, finally put together his own band in the early '90s. This CD, his third recording as a leader, is very much a blues revue in the spirit of Johnny Otis. Burton sings on six of the 13 songs, sharing the vocal mike with guitarist Michael Dotson, keyboardist Allen Batts, drummer Kenny Smith, the fine harmonica player Lester Davenport and (on extroverted versions of "Fever" and "Hound Dog") Liz Mandville-Greeson. Instrumentally, Burton sounds quite happy to liberally feature his sidemen and play a supportive role. Although all of the players fare well, each one displaying a strong musical personality, the high-powered guitarist Dotson often takes honors, demonstrating that he is a highly expressive and up-and-coming bluesman. Whether it be warhorses or newer material, the Aron Burton show keeps moving and never loses one's interest. Recommended.

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Great live set and a damn hot rockin' band

so you've never been to, or always wanted to check out, Buddy Guy's in Chicago, eh? Captured live, sweet, sharp and crisp-sounding, long-time Chicago bluesman Aron Burton assembles a solid set with a solid set of musicians. Good covers on standards (FEVER, LITTLE RED ROOSTER) with some nicely shared vocals and an authentic Chicago blues session, but what you're here for are the extended blues riffs that just blow away anybody else who even tries. This mesmerizing style of blues is respected all over the globe... Here's why.


Born: June 15, 1938 in Senatobia, MS

Genre: Blues

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s

Long recognized as a rock-solid bassist (and a master landscaper for the Chicago Park District), Aron Burton has begun to emphasize his vocal talents more prominently of late. His 1993 Earwig album Past, Present and Future showcased both of Burton's specialties, eastablishing him as bandleader instead of bandsman. Burton left Mississippi for Chicago in 1955. He got his feet wet as a singer and bassist in the late '50s with Freddy King at Walton's Corner on the West side (King bought Aron his first...
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