Music News 8/8/2019


Two weeks before Woodstock, some blues-obsessed students at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor booked some of the greatest blues musicians for the “first American festival devoted to blues music.” It was held from August 1 – 3, and ANN ARBOR BLUES FESTIVAL 1969 (Third Man Records, 2 CDs, $20.98)  collects never-before released performances by B.B. King, Mississippi Fred McDowell, Howlin’ Wolf, Muddy Waters, Son House, Big Mama Thornton, James Cotton, Magic Sam, T-Bone Walker, Junior Wells, Clifton Chenier, Lightnin’ Hopkins, Pinetop Perkins, J. B. Hutto & His Hawks, Roosevelt Sykes, Luther Allison, Otis Rush, Big Joe Williams, Charlie Musselwhite, and more.

NOTE: With the purchase of the CD, you can also pick up a fantastic 18” x 24” poster printed on mirror paper which reproduces the original festival flyer.

AND, Third Man Records has also sent us a limited number of 78 rpm 10” vinyl of two performances from the Ann Arbor Blues Festival: Mississippi Fred McDowell singing “Shake ‘em on Down” b/w “My Heavy Load,” a rare collaboration of McDowell with Big Mama Thornton (with purchase of the CD).


Last month, João Gilberto—the master of bossa nova, and one of the most influential vocalists in modern music—died in Rio de Janeiro. His quiet, intimate vocals, juxtaposed against his rhythmically subtle guitar playing, created a new sound that became a worldwide phenomenon.

We’re featuring two great João Gilberto CDs:

One of his most iconic albums was first released in Brazil on vinyl in 1973 and was simply titled JOÃO GILBERTO (Emarcy, $13.98), often nicknamed the “white album.” It’s just Gilberto on guitar and vocals, with very spare percussion by Sonny Carr, on a selection of fantastic songs, including two Gilberto originals, plus tunes by Gilberto Gil, Caetano Veloso, and Geraldo Pereira, among others.

GETZ/GILBERTO ’76 (Resonance, $18.98) was released in 2016, and was a live reunion for Stan Getz and João Gilberto during a residence at the Keystone Korner in San Francisco in May, 1976. Recorded a dozen years after the phenomenal Getz/Gilberto recording of 1964, Mr. Gilberto joins Getz and his quartet (Joanne Brackeen, piano, Clint Houston, bass, Billy Hart, drums) on some great songs, like “É Preciso Perdoar,” “Chega da Saudade,” and “Doralice.”