- Released: June 4, 1996
- Label: Delmark
JazzTimes - 12/96, p.114
"...Specter straddles the line between the blues and jazz camps....This one is simultaneously sophisticated and raunchy, and always swinging with lots of feeling."
- 1.Get Back Home
- 2.Stop! Hold It
- 3.Killer Jack
- 4.Till The End Of Time
- 5.Party Girl
- 6.Juice Head Baby
- 7.Left Turn On Blue
- 8.Unleavened Soul
- 10.What's The Matter?
- 12.Roll Baby Roll
- 13.When Will The Blues Leave?
Personnel includes: Dave Specter (guitar); Lynwood Slim (harmonica); Jack McDuff (Hammond B-3 organ).
Personnel: Dave Specter (guitar); Lynwood Slim (vocals, harmonica); John Brumbach (tenor saxophone); Rob Mazurek (cornet); Randy Tressler, Barrelhouse Chuck (piano); Jack McDuff, Ken Saydak (organ); Michael Sharfe (acoustic bass); Mark Fornek (drums).
Liner Note Author: Neil Tesser.
Recording information: Riverside Studios (10/16/1995-10/18/1995).
Photographers: John Smeets; Harvey Tillis; Kate Hoddinott.
This was Specter's fifth album for Delmark Records. It saw the Chicago guitarist team up with singer/harpslinger Lynwood Slim (who wrote or co-wrote four of the songs) and organist Jack McDuff. A smooth and easy listen, Left Turn on Blue shuffles, swings, and bops at the juncture of blues and jazz. From the blues chestnut "Party Girl" to the Albert Collins instrumental "Tremble" to the steady jazz groove of Slim's "Stop! Hold It," this is a very classy album. The horns are nicely done, and jazz buffs will particularly enjoy Specter's brief interjections of other tunes into the songs: "Til the End of Time," "Unleavened Soul," and "Killer Jack." ~ Ann Wickstrom