Roomful Of Blues The Blues'll Make You Happy, Too

Roomful of Blues remains, after more than 30 years, a well-respected blues institution. And, despite its revolving door of players, its heritage has come to be defined as consistently representing a high-energy hotbed of horn-driven, guitar-based, groove-ready blues. This collection - representing a selection from seven Rounder albums - careens across their road-schooled blend of jump, swing and big band blues, underlining the fact that few ensembles do it better or as consistently. Roomful of Blues has also served as a New England-centred farm team for many of today's brightest bluesmen: Ronnie Earl, Duke Robillard, Curtis Salgado and Sugar Ray Norcia, to name but a few. You'll find their highly distinctive influences here and then some. Some 70 minutes after you've spun this disc, the only conclusion you can walk away with is the blues can make you happy, too. (Rounder)