Though he does a fine job on vocals (not unexpected considering it was his major from high school through post-graduate studies --- check out "Death Has No Mercy"), piano is the focus. His rhythmic, aggressive style with jazz underpinnings and classical precision works perfectly on this album, his first all-blues album. It is impossible to sit still while listening to this stuff. The result is a "sophisticated" blues album, not in an intellectual sense, but in a stylistic sense, with elements from jazz, gospel, ragtime, and R & B thrown into the blues stew. Joining Butler are New Orleans favorite Snooks Eaglin on guitar and Mark "Kaz" Kazanoff on harmonica. Highly recommended for something different!
- Pat Toye
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