Various Artists

»Electric Willie - A Tribute to Willie Dixon«

Yellowbird Records

Chicagoan Willie Dixon is this unique blues and early rock crossover visionary artist at Chess Records (owned by the famous Phil & Leonard (Czyz) Polish Brothers) and comrade upright bass player to be heard on an infinite of albums, with the likes of Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, Muddy Waters, Howlin‘ Wolf, Koko Taylor, Otis Rush and actually about all of them. This album is a live tribute recorded live in NYC (Tonic) in 2005, pretty close to a »downtown-all-stars « (even though wider). It’s in many ways a very enjoyable project although one has to face certain limits due to the nature of such projects, but yes, nice. Particularly a pleasure to hear the like of Elliott Sharp and Henry Kaiser in such a blues rock context. It’s the sort of album you used to rave about when you found them on location, passing by, in town or in some tiny place, totally unaware it even existed. A great combination and a natural tribute, very fine.