Only 12 songs long, this collection remains the best place to begin appreciating why so many young Texas blues guitarists fell in love with Gatemouth Brown's style (until MCA decides to compile the ultimate Brown package, anyway). Listen to the way his blazing axe darts and weaves through trombonist Pluma Davis' jazzy horn chart on 1954's "Okie Dokie Stomp," and/or the stratospheric licks drenching "Dirty Work at the Crossroads." Brown proves that a violin can adapt marvelously to the blues (in the right hands, anyway) on "Just Before Dawn," and blows a little atmospheric harp on "Gate's Salty Blues."– by Bill Dahl
The Brunning/Hall Sunflower Blues Band was the part-time British blues-rock outfit led by former Fleetwood Mac bassist Bob Brunning and blues pianist Bob Hall. A founding member of Fleetwood Mac, Brunning kept a low profile after having been let go by Peter Green once John McVie was free of John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers…..
Considering the talent that he shows throughout this 1983 album (which was released for the first time in 1995), it is very surprising that tenor-saxophonist Bobby King is so obscure. Based in Los Angeles and a veteran of stints with Lionel Hampton, Stan Kenton, Maynard Ferguson, and Don Ellis, among others (and one who sat in with John Coltrane and Miles Davis), King is an impressive tenor-saxophonist who also plays some Phil Woods-inspired alto on "War and Peace." Although four of the six selections are straight-ahead, Bobby King is not shy to take the music outside, and is open to the tonal distortions of Coltrane, Ornette Coleman, and Albert Ayler.