dinsdag 21 januari 2014
Al Kooper & Shuggie Otis - Kooper Sessions
The legendary keyboardist and bandleader Al Kooper featured Otis on a follow-up to his Super Session album with Michael Bloomfield and Stephen Stills entitled Kooper Session: Al Kooper Introduces Shuggie Otis. This record contained a number of highlights including "12:15 Slow Goonbash Blues" and "Shuggie's Shuffle," proving that Shuggie could improvise in a seemingly unending creative stream. Shuggie appeared to have everything that a young virtuoso needed: tone, touch, ideas, dynamics, chops, velocity, intensity and emotional content. (By Peter Parcek)
Al Kooper (born Alan Peter Kuperschmidt; February 5, 1944) is an American songwriter, record producer and musician, known for organizing Blood, Sweat & Tears (although he did not stay with the group long enough to share its popularity), providing studio support for Bob Dylan when he went electric in 1965, and also bringing together guitarists Mike Bloomfield and Stephen Stills to record the Super Session album. He has had a successful solo career since then, written music for film soundtracks, and has also lectured in musical composition. He continues to perform live.
Born Johnny Otis, Jr. on November 30, 1953, in Los Angeles, CA, Otis' formidable musical talents appeared at an early age. He began his professional career around 1965. He played a guitar solo on his bandleader, father Johnny Otis' 1969 number 29 R&B hit, "Country Girl," issued by Kent Records. His guitar skills were so adept that during his teen years, he would have to wear dark glasses and strategically apply black ink between his nose and mouth to appear old enough to perform in clubs with his father.(All Music)
Other musicians on the album :Stu Woods- bass,Wells Kelly -drums,Mark Klingman - piano andThe Harris Robinson singers