Joe Louis Walker

It is with great pleasure that I write this review, since it's always enjoyable to share new found treasures with you.  Joe Louis Walker's most recent album, "Pasa Tiempo" bubbles with shades of roots music and jazz without forgetting about his signature soulful blues. The effervescent Walker has created something thoroughly gratifying commencing with the album's first track: Van Morrison's Sweet Thing, (this o­ne would put a smile even o­n Van's face). Next up: Otis Redding's, "poignant "Direct Me". Walker sounds a lot like Otis o­n this selection, it's almost eerie. The CD contains nine tracks, with o­nly three of the jazzier tunes penned by Walker. Watch out for Boz Scaggs' "I've Got Love" and the bluesy standard "It's Hurts Me Too" (performed without vocals) written by Melvin London.  Rounding out the remakes are John Hiatt's "charming "Love Like Blood" and "You Can't Sit Down" composed by Dee Clark-Cornell Muldrow-Kal Mann. Joe Louis' band includes; Wallance Roney (trumpet), Barry Goldberg (Hammond B3 organ), Bob Hurst (Bass), Leon Ndugu Chancler (Drums), Master Henry Gibson (Percussion) and of course Joe Louis Walker o­n vocals and guitars, another seven musicians for hire are also included o­n this wonderful recording.  This CD is a must have for any Walker fans or any o­ne into the Blues or Jazz; Walker is a guitarist's guitarist.  

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