Submitted by retropath2 on 5 December 2012 - 8:56am
What's it called?:
Drat That Fratle Rat
What does it sound like?:
Like very little else. OK, I know Van rates him and all that, but the look has never really helped, along with the lazy tendencies to lump in with Kenny Ball and Acker, but, Jeez, what an ear-opener. If I had been told this was Trombone Shorty or some such current, I would have honestly believed and accepted that. Unreconstructed brassy blues,OK, a bit jazzy, but in an older sense than bepobbery, with a host of unexpecteds making an appearance, from Rory Gallagher to Brian (Gryphon!) Gulland. Made in 1971, this is incredible stuff. Fusion, it ain't, and could have been made 30 years earlier as well as 30 years later. Please, please blow away any misconceptions. Listen to this. Today
What does it all *mean*?:
Hype and image are meaningless. Why has this man not been knighted?
Goes well with …:
I guess it ought to go well with beer, but, counter-intuitively, let me suggest a tumbler of Shiraz, a thai takeway and your own company. Shouldn't take too long.
Might suit people who like …:
As I explore these lesser travelled routes, may I commend "Red Hot from Alex" as a companion piece, from the late lamented Alexis Korner.