Personnel: Junior Wells (harmonica, vocals); Stevie Lizard, Andy Wahllof (guitar); Douglas Fagan (saxophone); Mike Barber (trumpet); Joseph Burton (trombone); Johnny "Fingers" Iguana (organ, piano); Johnny Benny (bass); Vernal Taylor (drums); Ruben P. Alvarez (percusssion).
Recorded live at Buddy Guy's Lengends, Chicago, Illinois from November 13-15, 1996. Includes liner notes by Frank-John Hadley.
LIVE AT BUDDY GUY'S LEGENDS was nominated for a 1998 Grammy Award for Best Traditional Blues Album.
Personnel: Junior Wells (vocals, harmonica); Stevie Lizard, Andy Wahllof (guitar); Douglas Fagan (saxophone); Mike Barber (trumpet); Joseph Burton (trombone); Ruben Alvarez (percussion).
Liner Note Author: Frank John Hadley.
Recording information: Buddy Guy's Legends, Chicago, IL (11/13/1996-11/15/1996).
Editor: Michael Bishop .
Photographers: Christopher Jacobs; Susan Azzarello.
Backed by a funk-minded, James Brown-influenced band, Junior Wells is in good form on these live recordings from Buddy Guy's Legends in Chicago. Wells (who was 61 when this CD was recorded) really comes alive in front of a live audience, and he's certainly in a very extroverted mood on such familiar material as "Hoodoo Man," "Little By Little" and his signature tune, "Messin' With the Kid." Wells has been one of Brown's most ardent admirers for a long time, and he frequently shows his love of the Godfather's soul/funk innovations without letting us forget that he's a bluesman first and foremost. Although this CD doesn't offer a lot of surprises, it's an invigorating documentation of the energy and passion Wells brings to the stage. ~ Alex Henderson