Saturday, June 21, 2008
CD Review: Sugar Blue - Code Blue
Sugar Blue - Code Blue
2007, Beeble Music
What do you say about one of the most innovative harmonica players in the world? Do you highlight the fact that he's played with the likes of Prince, The Rolling Stones, Ray Charles, Fats Domino, Stan Getz, Frank Zappa, Buddy Guy and Willie Dixon? Do you talk about his Grammy Award? Maybe you talk about his unique voice? How do you characterize an artist who is essentially a living legend? For a man like Sugar Blue, you let his music do the talking. Sugar Blue released his sixth album, Code Blue, in 2007. It's a gem.
Krystalline kicks off this set with funk and attitude. You will be jumping out of your seat once the groove gets into you, which won't take long. Chicago Blues laments the loss of many of the old Blues Greats. The highlights here are endless. Aside from his Grammy win for 1985's Blues Explosion, Sugar Blue is horribly unrecognized outside of Blues cognoscenti. Bluesman is a declaration of whom and what he is, and should serve as notice to music fans everywhere that the Blues Legends aren't all gone. Likewise Cold Blooded Man, which moves into the Funk-Rock realm where blues is a distant uncle. At the end of the day you have to acknowledge people like John Popper and Taylor Hicks for keeping the Blues Harmonica alive in pop music, but they wouldn't exist without someone like Sugar Blue.
Code Blue is everything you expect.
Rating 4.5 Stars (Out of 5)
You can learn more about Sugar Blue at www.sugar-blue.com, where you can purchase a copy of Code Blue.