postheadericon Blues News from the World of BluesBlues: July 14-15, 2018

THE BLUESNEWS FROM THE WORLD OF THE BLUESBLUES
FOR THE WEEKEND OF JULY 14-15, 2018

Have you ever seen that commercial on TV with that little froggy looking thingy and the old school harmonica player sitting in the rocking chair playing the harmonica???  That is Leslie Johnson, known to the world as Lazy Lester….It’s a Geico Commercial and it’s really good.  Lazy Lester is one of those South Louisiana Bluesmen that blazed the trial for some of the best Blues Music recorded.  This is how fate worked for Lazy Lester….Back in the 50’s, when Lazy Lester was just a musician, trying to make, he was with Lightnin Slim, a well established bluesman at the time.  They were on the same bus and Slim was headed to a recording studio.  Lazy Lester was on the same bus but was going to a town that was a few miles away.  They struck up a conversation, and Lester decided to get off the bus with Slim and go to the studio.  As fate would have it for Lester, Slim’s Harmonica player didn’t show up, and Lester told Slim and the producer that he could play the parts……They agreed to give him a try, and as they say, the rest was history….You ever heard the saying, “Blow Your Harmonica Son.”  That’s what Lightnin Slim told Lester and you can hear that used today with some Blues Musicians.  The producer was so impressed with Lazy Lester that in 1958, they did Lester’s first release, I’m A Lover Not A Fighter on Excello Records, and he followed that up with I Hear You Knockin….  There is a documentary out on Lester called “Lightnin In A Bottle” which is worth seeing.  Very storied career for Lazy Lester and it’s great to see these old school blues guys being utilized in this way with their lifetime talents.  If you want to see that full commercial, we have a link to it on the BluesNews Page at the BluesTimeInTheCity.com site…..

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MNFbmyKqLfI

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This is not about the Blues, but Jazz, and it’s worth mentioning.  There’s a story on The AmericanBluesScene.com site about new music from John Coltrane.  The album is titled Both Directions at Once….The Lost Album.  The Album was released on June 29th of this year, and it topped the UK’s official album chart at number 15.  This is the highest position that John Coltrane’s music career.  Oh, let me add this.  The album was recorded by Coltrane in 1963.  The story goes, when they recorded the session in 1963, a copy of the master tapes were given to Coltrane.  The original masters were destroyed, and were recently found in the home of Coltrane’s wife.  John’s son, Ravi Coltrane partnered with a studio producer and did the album.  There is track on it called “Slow Blues.”  Oh yes…Tuesday marks the 51st anniversary of John’s death.  John Coltrane died on July 17, 1967.  He received two Grammys and a Pulitizer Prize after his death.  He never had any of his 25 albums to chart.  Very fascinating story by JD Nash on John Coltrane on the American Blues Scene.com site……My all time favorite Coltrane album is Live at Birdland…..That is a great jazz album….to me…We have a link to it on the BluesNews page on BluesTimeInTheCity.com

John Coltrane Scores First Ever UK Top 20 Album

 

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