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Is it possible for a man to hit his stride at 82 years of age? B.B. King's One Kind Favor makes a good case for answering such a question with a resounding yes. Of course his 24th studio album had some help from music legends, luminaries, and A-list players like T Bone Burnett on the mixing board, Dr. John on keys, Jim Keltner on drums, and Eric Clapton's bass player Nathan East. King's guitar playing actually takes a back seat on most of the opening song, a hushed and haunted rendition of Blind Lemon Jefferson's classic "See That My Grave Is Kept Clean," letting the players carry most of the weight until the end where his warm and toneful licks gradually lap up the fretboard of his guitar like campfire flames. This is not to say that One Kind Favor exudes predictable porch jams — On "Blues Before Sunrise" King turns Leroy Carr's piano pounding lament into a steamy, sultry roadhouse romp, and Lonnie Johnson's choral heavy "Tomorrow Night" gets the stripped-down gospel treatment with the kind of intense intimacy that only Burnett can produce.

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One Kind Favor

OK, here goes. BB is no longer a young man full of that young man's fire. He has that old man's slow burn, like an oak log. His music very much reflects that. I enjoy seeing the change of his music with his age, but also with the "reflections" of the past. I love the Frank Sinatra/T-Bone Walker syle of B.. I hope he puts out many more records. And I hope that I am doing as well when I am almost 83. So be it. J

B.B. King Is Still and Always Will Be... the King

A man who has been young for 76 years is still going srong and has still got the blues in his heart. This album rules and anyone who enjoys listening to King should buy it.

It's so good B.B.

The voice is still so good. The guitar licks just so ever so sparing...makes me want to crawl on the floor for more. Please BB, hit one more note.


Born: September 16, 1925 in Indianola, MS

Genre: Blues

Years Active: '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Universally hailed as the king of the blues, the legendary B.B. King was without a doubt the single most important electric guitarist of the last half of the 20th century. His bent notes and staccato picking style influenced legions of contemporary bluesmen, while his gritty and confident voice -- capable of wringing every nuance from any lyric -- provided a worthy match for his passionate playing. Between 1951 and 1985, King notched an impressive 74 entries on Billboard's R&B charts, and he was...
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