2 years after the very successful album One Among the Living, Mystery is back with their seventh album, The World is a Game. With an brand new studio line-up featuring Michel St-Père on guitars and Keyboards, Benoit David on vocals, Antoine Fafard from the band Spaced Out on bass and additional acoustic guitars and drummer Nick D’Virgilio (Spock’s Beard, Tears for Fear, Genesis). This is also a new studio album for Benoit David who’s back from touring and recording 2 albums with legendary band Yes and his third studio album with Mystery.
Ella Fitzgerald was never thought of as a blues singer but she does a surprisingly effective job on the ten blues songs here, including "See See Rider," "Trouble in Mind," "St. Louis Blues," and Bessie Smith's "Jailhouse Blues." She somehow sings more or less in the style of the classic blues vocalists of the 1920s and largely pulls it off. Trumpeter Roy Eldridge, who has few solos and is low in the mix, is largely wasted, as organist Wild Bill Davis (with assistance from guitarist Herb Ellis, bassist Ray Brown, and drummer Gus Johnson) dominate the ensembles. It's an interesting set.