OTIS TAYLOR. VOCALS, GUITAR / ANNE HARRIS. MILES BRETT. VIOLIN
TAYLOR SCOTT. BASS / LARRY THOMPSON. DRUMS
Otis Taylor plays and sings the Blues out of a deep gravelly voice that confers his music an irresistible power of attraction; attraction for the truth told by the Bluesman. It critically shows a man grappling with today's life villainies and the American society; a man possessed by the stories he tells to the point of being known as "the inventor of Trance Blues". Deep roots and History run through his style, in turns dark and majestic, that hasn't forgotten either its West African origins or the Folk and Rock extras. Of History, the singer knows that it's not single sided but made of different phases, down to its Native American origin. The name of his last record is "My World is Gone": probably as a way to say that another one will be born, just like each time the Bluesman sings.
CAMPBELL BROTHERSCréationperform John Coltrane's "a Love Supreme"
CHUCK CAMPBELL. PEDAL STEEL GUITAR / DARICK CAMPBELL. LAP STEEL GUITAR / PHIL CAMPBELL. GUITAR / DARIC BENNETT. BASS / CARLTON CAMPBELL. DRUMS / TIFFANY GODETTE. VOCALS
The Campbell Brothers play quite a surprising Gospel. They mainly accompany themselves with Pedal Steel and Lap Steel Guitars, just like in some churches of the Deep South. They call that way of singing Steel Sacred Gospel. A name that sounds like the powerful mixing of metal and the sacred; a technique that specially bore fruit with their fevered cover of A Love Supreme, John Coltrane's major work. Well, their attempt is not a vain reproduction note for note but rather a connection between two sorts of Afro-American musical spirituality. However, in Acknowledgment, the first movement, the Blues riff played on double bass that gives rhythm to the saxophone's psalmody surely is a source of inspiration for a Gospel extravaganza...
MALTED MILK & TONI GREENInédit"Green Milk" Project
ARNAUD FRADIN. GUITAR, VOCALS / IGOR PICHON. BASS, BACKING VOCALS / YANN CUYEU. GUITAR, BACKING VOCALS / VINCENT AUBERT. TROMBONE / SYLVAIN ‘SLY' FETIS. TENOR SAXOPHONE / TIMOTHÉE BAKOGLU. KEYBOARDS / RICHARD HOUSSET. DRUMS / LAURENCE LE BACCON, DAVID'MUPPET'ALLAIN. BACKING VOCALS
• GUEST : TONI GREEN
This meeting of a Soul orchestra made in France and a female vocalist deeply rooted into the "Deep South" sound gives us the opportunity to discover one of the most wonderful Soul voices of today with modulations a la Tina Turner. Toni Green, a former backing vocalist with Al Green and Isaac Hayes, and a muse for HI records in the Seventies, has received the Memphis sound legacy. Her meeting with the Soul-Funk band Malted Milk from Nantes is also the opportunity for her first trip to France. The "Green Milk" Project, based upon their respective ravishing songbooks, is the result of this meeting.