|Genres:||Blues Pop / Rock|
|Tags:||blues rock blues psychedelic rock instrumental guitar fusion funk american rock psychedelic|
|Decades:||1960s 1970s 1990s 2000s|
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11 March 1945, Detroit, Michigan, USA. This fluent, mellifluous guitarist was one of several young aspirants learning their skills in Chicago blues clubs. A contemporary of Paul Butterfield and Michael Bloomfield, Mandel was a member of both the Charlie Musselwhite and Barry Goldberg blues bands, before moving to the west coast in 1967. His debut album, Cristo Redentor, was released the following year. This wholly instrumental set, which included contributions from Musselwhite, Graham Bond, and the Nashville musicians later known as Area Code 615, is arguably the guitarists definitive release, but Righteous (1969) and Baby Batter (1971) are equally inventive.
Between 1969 and 1971, Mandel was a member of Canned Heat wherein he struck an empathy with bass player Larry Taylor. Both subsequently joined John Mayall for USA Union and Back To The Roots, although Mandel remained a popular session musician, contributing to albums by Love and...