Genuine Blues Legends - Pinetop Perkins & Jimmy Rogers with Little Mike & The Tornadoes (ELBROB Records) Recorded Live at The Grand Auditorium, Ellsworth, Maine on May 21 1988
Just what qualifies these two guys to call themselves 'Genuine Blues Legends'? Well, they both played in Muddy Water's Band at some point; admittedly not at the same time but they played their part in taking the Blues music of the Delta, reshaping it and creating the Chicago Blues sound. This album is a recording of a live show they played whilst touring with Mike Markowitz (Little Mike) who had the foresight to ensure that the very special moment was captured for future generations. Both Pinetop and Jimmy have left us now, of course, but the CD serves to remind us what amazing talents these legendary bluesmen had and how this influenced later artists. The songs on the album will be well known to most and serve to highlight the effortless abilities of people at the top of their game. These performers had lost none of their fire and were clearly enjoying the experience of 'jamming' together. Being a live recording, there are a couple of occasions where the mix might lose a little in quality but as a piece of genuine Blues history, performed by genuine Blues legends, this just adds to the charm and very appeal of this excellent collection.