Down Beat - p.703.5 stars out of 5
- "[The musicians] lacerate unhealed wounds with the bravest sort of emotional honesty conceivable."
Personnel: Hubert Sumlin (vocals, guitar); Greg Piccolo (vocals, tenor saxophone); Ron Levy (vocals, piano, organ); Mighty Sam McClain (vocals); Ronnie Earl (guitar, slide guitar); Jerry Portnoy (harmonica); Doug James (baritone saxophone); Bob Enos (trumpet); David Maxwell (piano); John Rossi (drums).
Audio Mixers: Hammond Scott; Larry Wallace.
Audio Remasterer: Randy Perry .
Liner Note Authors: Jon Pareles; Bunny Matthews; A. Scott Galloway.
Recording information: Newbury Sound, Boston, MA (10/1986); The House (10/1986).
Author: Jon Pareles.
Illustrator: Bunny Matthews.
Unknown Contributor Role: Paul Arnold.
Hubert Sumlin is best known as the ultimate Chicago blues guitarist, the driving force behind Muddy Waters's band, but he's had a distinguished career of his own as well. His BLUES PARTY is a 1986 affair where he's joined by some talented bluesmen of a younger generation, including Ronnie Earl and Mighty Sam McClain. Sumlin and his pals tear it up Chicago-style with all the fire you'd expect from this blues master.