Am I Blue is another studio outtakes release, mostly focusing on bluesier pieces. Highlights include more complete versions of the previously released Country Blues and Three Little Bears, an earlier take of Voodoo Chile (from the Electric Ladyland sessions), and the epic twenty-seven minute Villanova Junction Blues studio jam.
Two cracking late-‘70s albums from Blues Rock guitarist Johnny Winter.
To say that this limited-edition six-LP Mosaic box is overflowing with classics is an understatement. Included are a variety of small-group sessions (with overlapping personnel) from the early days of Blue Note. The Edmond Hall Celeste Quartet has five songs that are the only existing examples of Charlie Christian playing acoustic guitar; clarinetist Hall, Meade Lux Lewis (on celeste), and bassist Israel Crosby complete the unique group. The king of stride piano, James P. Johnson, is heard on eight solos; other combos are led by Johnson, Hall (who heads four groups in all), trumpeter Sidney DeParis, and trombonist Vic Dickenson (heard in a 1952 quartet with organist Bill Doggett).