This grabbed my soul, particularly Joe Turner's Blues. It's all great though.
By Prairie bungalow
Blues, jazz, blues rock, Dixieland and gospel all came from the same place. Now they are together in this one place. This is what it sounds like and it is heavenly. This is what it's like having musical genius play. The boundaries don't exist for them. Does it sound like they're having fun? Wow!
By Albert Puerini
What a treat this is! To have 2 great artists venture into areas they are not accustomed to and pull it off is just amazing, but not surprising. Throw in one of the most versatile blues artists on the scene - Taj- and you have an incredible line up. Its amazing to me to read some of the negative reviews. Are they listening to the same music I am?? This is an incredible collaboration merging jazz, blues with a strong New Orleans regtime overtone. For spice, throw in Taj, one of the most eclectic artists ever on the scene. The result is a thouroughly enjoyable hour or so oof fun and creative music. "Some of Eric's stuff in recent years hasn't been the greatest..", "bad choice of songs..", "poorly done.." - you've got to be kidding!!!! Take off your blinders and appreciate this great CD. Collaboration and innovation is what makes music evolve and what makes this CD so great!
Very dissapointing. If you are looking for Clapton guitar licks forget it. If you want Wynton jazz or blues you don't want this album.
This is a poorly done Dixie land album. It reminds me pf what a New Orleans funeral must sound like.
Don't waste your money, both artists have much better stuff out there.
To say this recording is anything less than superb is your opinion, of course, but what they have done here was serve you up their favorite ice cream. THEIRS, not yours. All songs except Layla were picked by EC. Layla was insisted on by the Bassist, Carlos Henriquez. They arranged it in the flavour of the Crescent City. There is nothing here about huge Guitar, trumpet, clarinet, Bass, Pianos or banjo solos. It was about the MUSIC. Eric flew to NY learned 12 new arrangements in THREE days, fronted a band that he never played with before, in a form of music that he doesnt normally play; then played 3 Concerts and sang most of the material. (information was condensed from the liner notes)
Ok -- off the soapbox --
This is great stuff -- y'all need to sit a spell and warm your feet tappin to it.
Wynton Marsalis and Eric Clapton Play the Blues
It doesn't get any better than this. What more could you want? Authentic New Orleans music, WM, EC, and Taj Mahal!
Out of this world
This must be one of the biggest collaboration in the history of blues to date. The two legends bring to life many otherwise average tunes, but combined with incredible improvisations from the bands, and sound engineering skills from another planet, this record is not to be missed.
Great performance would have loved a little more singing!!
Title should be "Not really blues.."
I love Clapton, and Wynton both of them on the same album sounds exciting, with the exception of a couple tracks, exciting this is not.. At least 3 of these tracks are overwhelmingly Dixieland Jazz not Blues by any stretch of anyone's definition of "blues".. If I want to listen to Dixieland jazz I'll throw on some Bix Beiderbeck thank you very much.. For Clapton fans looking for any type of classic Clapton look elsewhere don't even start listening, those that are into the Blues side of Clapton, you will also be disappointed, if you're into Wynton you'll be mildly excited but he has MUCH better stuff out there. This album was poorly/hastily made (bad choice of songs for a Live concert) also poorly produced and edited.. Don't waste your time/money save for maybe 1 or 2 tracks.. Sorry Eric/Wynton but this sounded like a 'bucket list' album..
If you're not going to get the whole album (which I recommend) then at least pick up the astounding version of Layla