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Album Review

This 1999 reissue of Hutto's final album on Varrick captures him in rare form, even more surprising and courageous in light of the fact that he was to die of cancer only a few months after these sessions. It finds Hutto with the last edition of his regular road band (Brian Besesi on guitar, Kenny Krumbholz on bass and Leroy Pina on drums) with sit-ins from Ron Levy and the Roomful of Blues reed section on selected cuts, taking his brand of Chicago tavern blues once step further. Tunes like "Soul Lover" and "Black's Ball" show Hutto stretching out beyond the usual boogies and slow blues, while his takes of Junior Parker's "Pretty Baby," Fenton Robinson's "Somebody Loan Me a Dime" and Howlin' Wolf's "I'm Leaving You" are all stamped with the signature Hutto touch. This reissue also brings to light two previously unreleased tracks recorded at the same session, the whole package showing that Hutto was a bluesman to the end.

Customer Reviews

Great, great blues album

Originally released in the mid '80's as "Slippin' and Slidin'", this album came on the heels of "Slideslinger", and is easily J. B.'s best work. Where "Slideslinger" (although a very good album as well) was spare in both its instrumentation and production, this album benefits from the addition of a piano and horn section and a more polished production. "Somebody Loan Me a Dime" and "I'm Leaving You" are blistering rockers and feature great slide guitar solos. "Little Girl Dressed in Blue", "Black's Ball", and "Soul Lover" are other highlights. There's not a bad song on here - all are first rate. This is easily one of the top five blues albums I've heard. I bought the original vinyl record twenty years ago on Varrick Records and still love it today.

Rock With Me Tonight, J.B. Hutto & the New Hawks
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