Review: The Henry Gray/Bob Corritore Sessions – Vol. 1 Blues Won’t Let Me Take My Rest
Posted on: Monday, Aug 17, 2015
The Henry Gray/Bob Corritore Sessions – Vol. 1 Blues Won’t Let Me Take My Rest
(Delta Groove Music: DGPCD169)
At 90 years old Louisiana-native Henry Gray’s career in the blues has seen him bring his superb piano playing to seven decades worth of music, and his association with the big-toned Arizona-based harmonica player, Bob Corritore, goes back to 1996 . . . from when this 14-track collection dates . . . with tracks right up to the present – indeed one track was cut on Gray’s actual 90th birthday on 19th January, this year.
This first release of the Henry Gray/Bob Corritore sessions only contains four tracks that have been previously issued – with Gray handling the lion’s share of the vocals, with guest spots for Robert Lockwood Jr., John Brim, Nappy Brown, Tail Dragger and Dave Riley.
As ever with a Delta Groove release, the music is crisply recorded with a whole host of guests helping out. You want guitar players? How about Kid Ramos, Big Jon Atkinson, Kirk Fletcher and Bob Margolin for starters! Other luminaries on board included players of the stature of Doug James, Kedar Roy, June Core, Troy Sandow and Bob Stroger . . . to name but a few.
Suffice to say the songs are of the highest calibre . . . from deep slow blues, to uptempo jump and swing numbers and some great shuffles, with covers from the likes of Robert Johnson, Dave Bartholomew, Lowell Fulson and BB King, with a handful of Henry Gray tunes too.
Definitely one for the blues purists out there, and who knows what “Vol. 2” will unearth?
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