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ISSN 1409-6900 | UDK 82+7     Blesok no. 36 | volume VII | May-June, 2004



                     Peer-reviewed journal
Blesok no. 36May-June, 2004
Sound Reviews


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Barry Goldberg

Beginnings. My mother sang and played piano, we used to play duets, then I heard Meade Lux Lewis on the radio and started playing boogie woogie by ear at 5 yrs old. First band was in high school, Denny Lee And The Ramblers. Mike Bloomfield had the rival band and we would compete for sweet 16 party gigs. That’s when I first met him. Influences were Meade Lux, Little Richard, Jerry Lee Lewis, Fats Domino. Each time period has had memorable moments, but the early blues, and rock ‘58 through ‘64 was the most fun. Not a business yet! Sitting in for Otis Spann, and playing with Muddy. Michael and I on the West side of Chicago, playing with Howlin’ Wolf. Playing on Charlie Musselwhite’s “Stand Back” album with Harvey Mandel, and last year’s Chicago Blues Festival Reunion with Sam Lay, Nick Gravenites, Harvey Mandel, Charlie Musselwhite, and Corky Siegel. Also San Francisco Blues Festival with Steve Miller and James Cotton. And time you play with great musicians you are influenced by them. There is a level of greatness, they bring you up to, musically,and spiritually. I miss that with Michael.
    Actually when I was 5 and started playing piano, my aunt bought me a drum set, and I also played drums which was very helpful for my sense of timing, and the groove. Listening to the radio in Chicago, and the great blues shows. Also our housekeeper listening to gospel radio.
    Keyboard favorites: Otis Spann, Johnnie Johnson, Jerry Lee Lewis, Meade Lux Lewis, Little Richard, Huey Piano Smith, Fats Domino, Nicky Hopkins.

Muddy Waters was magical, James Cotton can really blow, nobody can shake a string like Michael Bloomfield or Otis Rush. Charlie Musselwhite, and Harvey Mandel are inspirational, I love Nick Gravenites singing, Tracy Nelson and Marcy Levy vocals, Michael Bloomfield’s intensity was unbelieveable. Steve Miller’s Texas shuffle, Buddy Miles powerful drumming. Mick Taylor’s slide playing, Bob Dylan’s funky rhythm guitar, Duane Allman’s slide, Jimi Hendrix’s all around amazing chops. Playing “Hey Joe” with him! I always wanted to play with Elmore James! Top five albums: Phil Spector’s Greatest Hits, Blonde On Blonde, here’s Little Richard, Chicago Blues Anthology on Chess, Best of Muddy Waters. The Jerry Lee Lewis’ Greatest Hits on Sun.
    The band I am playing with at blues festivals: Harvey Mandel, Zach Wagner on guitars, Don Heffington, Sam Lay – drums, Marcy Levy, Nick Gravenites, Tracy Nelson

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