Artist: Floyd McDaniel Title Of Album: Let Your Hair Down! Year Of Release: 1994 Genre: Chicago Blues, Jump Blues Label: Delmark Format: MP3 Quality: 320 kbps, 44.1 Khz Total Time: 56:16 Total Size: 145 Mb Covers: Full
Tracklist: 01. Raggedy Ride (3:05) 02. Blue Mood (2:52) 03. Mary Jo (3:05) 04. Strange Things Happening (3:15) 05. It Don't Mean A Thing (4:02) 06. I Want A Little Girl (4:33) 07. St. Louis Blues (5:21) 08. Sent For You Yesterday (3:28) 09. R.M. Blues (3:17) 10. West Side Baby (7:17) 11. Beale Street Baby (3:45) 12. Let Your Hair Down (2:48) 13. Nobody Knows You When You're Down And Out (4:02) 14. Why Life's Got To Be This Way (2:29) 15. Caldonia (2:48)
Floyd McDaniel was 78 when, in 1994, he recorded Let Your Hair Down! for the Chicago-based Delmark. Through the years, the singer/guitarist had been the type of artist who had one foot in pre-bebop jazz and one in urban blues--and that approach continues to serve him nicely on this CD. McDaniel's credentials as a jump blues shouter are illustrated by inspired versions of Louis Jordan's "Caldonia," T-Bone Walker's "Blue Mood" and Roy Milton's "R.M. Blues," while his talents as a jazz singer are evident on Duke Ellington's "It Don't Mean That Thing" and Billie Holiday's "God Bless The Child." On this album, McDaniel leads a cohesive, swinging octet known as the Blues Swingers, which consists of a hard-swinging rhythm section and four horn players, including trumpeter Mike McLaughlin, tenor saxophonist Dave Clark, alto saxophonist Paul Mundy and baritone saxophonist/clarinetist Martin "Van" Kelly. Let Your Hair Down! would be among McDaniel's last recordings; the veteran artist died the following year. ~Review by Alex Henderson
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