Then at the “Sori Jazz & Blues” which hosted guests such as Joe Louis Walker and the Platters. In ’97 the band decided to change its name from Big Fat Mama to Mama’s Pit renewing their sound which is now a fusion of blues, rhythm’n blues, soul and jazz, thanks to the enviable experience of the band members. Opening acts with Robert Plant and James Cotton, and collaborations with Johnny Mars, Vic Vergeat and James Thompson incentived them to develop a sound that breaths black music. The new name appears for the first time on the “Narcao Blues” billboard beside Roy Roberts and Scott Henderson, subsequently at the “Castel San Pietro Festival”, Rome, with Johnny Mars.
In the summer of ’99 they opened the “Tiferno Blues Festival” and the “Sanremo Immagine Jazz & Blues” as a backup to Kenny Neal and Art Garfunkel. The opening evening of the “Valdagno Blues” opens a series of summer gigs in 2000 around the peninsula including “4b Festival” in Lecce and the “Midsummer Blues Party” in Pontecurone. Their debut CD, welcomed with great enthusiasm by European and American critics, also saw the collaboration of the saxophone’s player James Thompson and the appearance of an old friend: Johnny Mars. In ’02 a double CD was published for “Comet Records” label, including a remake of the first CD with two bonus tracks played together with Scott Finch; also Vic Vergeat played on a few tracks - both musicians for the same music company: the live recordings was made in Saint Moritz (Switzerland).
The new CD received a favourable review from specialized international critics. They promoted their new tour at other important Blues festivals such as the “Poggio Murella Blues”, the “Trasimeno Blues” and the “Torrita Blues Festival”, during which another live show was recorded and published on the double CD “Comet Records All Stars”, with the performances of Mike Onesko’s band and Vic Vergeat’s band, musicians who participated together with Mama’s Pit at the final jam session. During the same tour they also took part at the “Piazza Blues” Festival in Bellinzona (Switzerland), one of the most important European festivals and the “South in Blues” festival around the Sardinia region. In ’04 they participated in two tribute CDs to Jimi Hendrix, appearing with famous international artists such as Robben Ford, Hiram Bullock, Larry Coryell, Steve Lukather, etc.
This DVD is witness of their concert held in Skopje (Macedonia) the 3rd of july 2003 on the same stage as David “Honeyboy” Edwards, a ninety years old musician, Robert Johnson’s adventures companion. It was filmed by the MTV Macedonian television and shows the true warmth and tension of their concert, with an audience who participated with great enthusiasm. .. www.myspaceeditor.it Members: Mary Birch: Voice - Davide Serini : Guitar - Federico Basso : Hammond organ & piano - Danilo Parodi : Fender bass - Salvatore Cammilleri : Drums Read more on Last.fm.
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