Jelly Roll All-Stars
Jelly Roll All-Stars
Arthur’s harp prowess on Frank Frost’s 1966 album earned the respect of legions of music critics and fellow blues men and, after moving to St. Louis, he recorded and toured with Big Bad Smitty. An incredibly gifted harmonica player, Williams is finally achieving long-overdue recognition as a world-class musician. Sam Carr: Sam has lived the blues. When he was 8 or 9 years old his father, legendary blues man Robert Nighthawk, would take him along on gigs.
Sam, dressed to the nines and looking sharp would dance and perform in front of the band and during breaks. Now in his 70’s he’s still that same showman with more energy than men half his age! Sam is known for his relationship with Frank Frost; they’ve been together since childhood and, when it comes to blues fans, their names are inseparable. While doing gigs up and down “Blues Highway” they joined up with Sonny Boy Williamson and became his last backing band. They’re best-known, however, for their work in The Jelly Roll Kings.
It’s no wonder Sam has consistently been chosen as Best Blues Drummer in Living Blues Magazine. Calvin “Fuzz” Jones: Born in 1926 in Greenwood, MS, bassist Fuzz Jones has been a longtime collaborator with drummer Willie “Big Eyes” Smith. The two spent nearly two decades with Muddy Waters’ band and continued that legacy by forming The Legendary Blues Band. Jones’ rhythm combined with Smith’s traditional “shuffle” style helped shape the “Chicago Blues Sound”, as it is known today. Willie “Big Eyes” Smith: Willie Smith was born in Helena, AK in 1936. At the age of 17 he ventured to Chicago where he saw his first Muddy Waters performance.
He was so taken by the music that he immediately bought a harmonica and started playing along with various blues records. Willie got to know Muddy and it was Muddy who inspired Willie to learn drums from Freddy Below, Waters’ drummer. In 1954 Willie formed a trio and began gigging at various clubs. The following year he was asked to perform with Bo Diddley.
He turned him down but did consent to play drums on Diddley’s seminal hit “Diddy Wah Diddy.” In 1956 Willie was playing harmonica for Arthur “Big Boy” Spires but soon returned to drumming, playing in Little Hudson’s Red Devil Trio. Shortly after, Muddy asked Willie to join his band as an understudy to drummer “Mojo” Buford. Willie replaced Buford in the studio within a year and gigged with the band until 1960. Lean times followed and Willie found himself working in a restaurant and collecting welfare until one night when he went to hear Muddy and asked to sit in.
The next day, Muddy asked him to rejoin his band. After performing with Waters, Smith co-founded the Legendary Blues Band with Pinetop Perkins, Louis Meyers, Calvin Jones, and Jerry Portnoy. The group won six Grammy awards, recorded four critically-acclaimed albums on the Ichiban label, backed up Buddy Guy, Howlin’ Wolf and Junior Wells, plus toured with Bob Dylan, the Rolling Stones and Eric Clapton. In 2011 Willie “Big Eyes” Smith passed leaving behind a musical legacy that will last forever.
We feel incredibly honored that one of his last recorded works was Must Be Jelly. Source: Seven Records - Jelly Roll All-Stars II. The Jelly Roll All-Stars are a rare group of musicians comprised of some of the upper echelon of classic Blues session men from the golden age of the genre: Calvin "Fuzz" Jones (Bass) and multiple W.C. Handy Award winner Willie "Big Eyes" Smith (drums/vocals) were the rhythm section for Blues great, Muddy Waters for nearly two decades; Sam Carr (drums) of the Jelly Roll Kings and the Delta Jukes, and son of Robert Nighthawk, and who also performed behind Sonny Boy Williamson II in the 1950's; and Arthur Williams (vocals/harp), who shared stages with Elmore James and Junior Wells. This CD was recorded raw, with no overdubs in the legendary WROX Blues Radio studio in Clarksdale, Mississippi with everyone playing together in real time. Also includes accompanists, Bob Lohr (piano) and Jesse Hoggard (guitar) The "Jelly Roll All-stars" are a loosely knit group of veterans who have recorded under many names with varying results.
This particular group includes Sam Carr on the skins as well as Willie "Big Eyes" Smith, harpist & vocalist Arthur Williams and bass player Calvin Jones. Recorded live in WROX Radio studios in Clarksdale Miss., this set has the raw, in your face fidelity of a good delta juke band. The recording ambiance only adds to the low down feel. Jimmy Reed, Sonny Boy and other giants loom in the backround while the group chugs out it's own versions of the classics we never grow tired of hearing.
1.Intro 2.Baby Don't Say That No More 3.Reed Rap 4.I'm Gonna Get My Baby 5.Sun Is Shining 6.If I Ever Get flush Again 7.King Motel 8.Jelly Roll Strut 9.Arkansas Boogie 10.Eye To Eye 11.Feels To Good To Be Bad 12.Country Girl 13.Nine Below Zero 14.Trying To Find It Source: Blues Beat - Jelly Roll All-Stars - Must Be Jelly-Live in Mississippi Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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