13 Songs, 1 Hour 12 Minutes


Ratings and Reviews

5.0 out of 5
13 Ratings
13 Ratings
Lady Boudreaux

Best yet

This album, and Dave's current band, sounds better than ever before. We were at the record release party and were thrilled by the sound of the horn section, and Jazzy Bluesy Funky sounds. I would highly recommend this album to anyone who loves Chicago blues, jazz guitar, or swinging music in general.


The evolution of a Blues Artist

I've been following Dave Specter since the early days. Spectified is the highly entertaining culmination of this expressive bluesman's career thus far. His melodies resound in one's head long after listening to his Gibson's deep soulful tone. Specter has studied his blue predecessors well and this familiarity with the genre comes through on tunes like Blues Call. Alley Walk is reminiscent for me, of Jimmy Reed, who incidentally was also a huge influence on Neil Young, another of my favorites. Spectified is definitely a BUY!

Dr. Glenn


I just saw a Dave Specter show and baught Spectified after the show. I listened in my car and my impressions were confirmed. His straight up blues tunes are way up there with the blues masters. The live shows are hard to beat. When I hear the tunes on this CD that have the brass section, the guitar work takes me back to Jerry Gargia shows circa 1988. The specter shows keep it fun by having a different musician at many of the shows either as a substantial portion of the show or even one or two tunes.

About Dave Specter

A first-tier blues and jazz guitarist, Dave Specter, whether working solo as a bandleader or as a sideman for artists like Johnny Littlejohn or Son Seals, has always brought intelligence and sharp, crisp playing to the music table, a sort of contemporary version of T-Bone Walker. Born on Chicago's northwest side on May 21, 1963, Specter didn't pick up the guitar until he was 18 years old, but once he did, he never looked back. Early on he worked as a support player for Littlejohn, Seals, and the Legendary Blues Band before starting his own group, the Bluebirds, in 1989. Signing with Delmark Records, he released a debut album, Bluebird Blues, on the imprint in 1991, featuring vocals by Barkin' Bill Smith (Specter is not a vocalist), following it with Blueplicity (this time with vocals from harmonica player Tad Robinson) in 1994 and Live in Europe (again featuring vocalist Robinson) in 1995. Lynwood Slim handled vocals for 1996's Left Turn on Blue (which featured legendary jazz organist Brother Jack McDuff on the Hammond B-3), with Lenny Lynn taking over vocal duties on 1998's Blues Spoken Here. For 2000's Speculatin', Specter abandoned having a singer at all, issuing 13 instrumental tracks. Vocalist or not, Specter's guitar playing can more than carry a song or a gig, or even an album, and respect for his playing had become universal in the blues community, even as he has moved further into jazz territory. Is What Is appeared in 2004, followed by Live in Chicago (a DVD of the same show was also issued) in 2008, all on the Delmark imprint. For 2014's Message in Blue, which featured Otis Clay, Brother John Kattke, and Bob Corritore, Specter mixed guest vocal tracks in with instrumental tracks, all with his signature, swinging guitar style. ~ Steve Leggett

Chicago, IL
May 21, 1963



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