Bob Corritore All-Star Blues Sessions

Bob Corritore is a friend and fan of the blues, learning the trade with exposure to Magic Slim, Honeyboy Edwards and Mighty Joe Young in Chicago's south side - sitting in on harmonica, whenever invited. He created his own blues label by age 21 and, relocating to Phoenix, opened a blues club and produced a respected weekly blues radio show. An aggressive promoter of "authentic" blues shows, he built up his contacts and, from '86 to '98, recorded with classic bluesmen, including Lil' Ed Williams, Jimmy Rogers, Robert Jr. Lockwood, Pinetop Perkins, Bob Margolin, R.L. Burnside, Nappy Brown, Kid Ramos and Bo Diddley. This release represents a collection of sessions from these summit meetings. More than a spirited "hobbyist," he adds tasteful, subtle hues to each carefully-built composition with his Little Walter-influenced style. Some of the best tracks include the rollicking "Naptown Blues" (featuring Little Walter alumnus Robert Jr. Lockwood), "Goin' Down South" (R.L. Burnside) and an impassioned "Little Girl" (Bo Diddley). This "all-star" collection is interesting in its ability to sample a wide-ranging collection of work by a blues who's who - it demonstrates the passion of a man who's translated his love for teaching the blues into an active role of playing them. (Hightone)