Since the 1950's saxophonist Big Jay McNeely has been shocking audience with his brand of stage antics and expressive style of performing known as "honking." He was credited as one of the most flamboyant performers, but it never took away from the blues sound he portrayed on stage. Cleopatra Records is reminding fans of the blues with new music from Big Jay McNeely. A new compilation titled "Blowin' Down The House - Big Jay's Latest & Greatest" features some of his all-time best songs, along with five new compositions.
The new twelve-song release begins with the first of his five new songs.
At 89 years old, Big Jay delivers a classic seventies-style, R&B
dance-floor vibe with "Love Will Never Fail," which still carries his
signature sax sound. He continues with the blues of "My Love Never
Ended" and the classic swing of "I've Been Mistreated," which Big Jay has
been perfecting for over 50 years. A live version of "Party" gets the
swinging tempo going as it showcases Big Jay as the leader of this
dynamite tune. He goes full-on "honking" for the jazziness of "Blow Blow
Blow" and "Willie The Cool Cat," before wrapping up the new album with
the nearly seven-minute live version of "Get On Up & Let's Boogie,"
which is sure to "blow down the house." To find out more about Big Jay
McNeely and his new release "Blowin' Down The House - Big Jay's Latest
& Greatest," please visit cleorecs.com.
Texas bluesman Reverend KM Williams recently released a new album titled
"The Real Deal Blues" along with a 14-minute documentary of the same
name. Both items were released through Cleopatra Records back in October
and showcases the Reverend's love for the blues. His new fifteen song
album gives fans of the blues insight into his classic portrayal of the
genre using his unique, fretless one-string guitar on the opener "Baby,
Please Come Home." He brings a Jimmy Page guitar-style to "The Runaway
Blues" and then electrifies the blues with his guitar during the boogie
shuffle of "You Got Me Shakin'." He creates a new Halloween favorite
with the guitar strumming of "Haunted House," before returning to the
slow blues of "That's Why My Baby's Feelin' Blue." The album finishes
with the thunderous romp of "Working Man Blues" and the stark, acoustic
rendition of "Bad Boy Blues." To find out more about Reverend KM
Williams and his latest release "The Real Deal Blues," please visit cleorecs.com.
Blues harmonica player James Montgomery is one of the most sought after
performers in the blues genre. He performed alongside such greats as
B.B. King, Buddy Guy, Bruce Springsteen and Gregg Allman and his idol is
the late-great blues harmonica player Paul Butterfield. On October 7th,
the James Montgomery Blues Band released their new, self-titled album
through Cleopatra Records. The album was inspired by the works of
Butterfield and features guests from the bands of Johnny Winter, J.Geils and Paul
Butterfield. The new ten-song release begins the horn
infused blues romp of "One More Heartache" and the classic blues groove
of "Born In Chicago." Montgomery showcases his skills on the harmonica
during the steady pace of "Young Woman's Love" and the up-tempo rocker
"Mary, Mary." The band excels during the slow blues of "I Got A Mind To
Give Up Living" as you feel the passion in their performance. The album
closes with the pulsating rhythm of the instrumental "Good Question,"
led by Montgomery's harmonica solo, and the classic sounds of "Mystery
Train." To find out more about this new release from the James
Montgomery Blues Band, please visit cleorecs.com.