Jimmy Burns

Jimmy Burns
Live at B.L.U.E.S

Delmark DE 789 (DVD Delmark 1789)

By Art Tipaldi
April 2007

Authentic Chicago blues never sounded so good.

Just put Mississippi born, and Chicago raised, Jimmy Burns on stage in one of the finest blues joints in the Windy City and you’ll hear what I mean.

Raised on the early electric blues of John Lee Hooker and Muddy Waters, Burns also sang folk blues, doo-wop, and soul. On his fourth Delmark record, Burns chose to hold blues court in B.L.U.E.S.

The night starts with three Burns originals, “Leave Here Walking,” a six-minute Delta-styled shuffle; “No Consideration,” a six-minute Johnny Rawls-styled soul tune; and “Miss Annie Lou,” an easy rolling, seven-minute weave of Burns’ and Tony Palmer’s guitars.

On the fourth tune, Burns adds a country acoustic harmonica to his cover of Little Walter’s “Can’t Hold Out Much Longer.”

From there, Burns treats his listeners to some blues history.

“Better Know What You’re Doing,” and “Country Boy in the City” each accelerate for seven minutes with a high octane John Lee Hooker boogie.

“Whole Lot Of Lovin,” and “Wild About You, Baby” showcase Burns’ Elmore James riffs.

On B.B. King’s ”Three O’clock Blues,” Burns calls to Jesse Fortune, his recording friend from the 1960s, to sing while Burns’ single-string picking smokes like B.B.

The disc closes with Burns adding his gooey slide guitar, as Palmer fires off a barrage of notes on “Stop The Train,” another seven-minute Chicago blues staple.

The bonus is that Delmark has also released a DVD of this 2006 blues party night.

Included are two bonus songs, “Mean Mistreating Mama,” and “Don’t Be Late,” plus an in-depth interview with Burns as he tells the history of his music and musical life.

In between songs, we can watch the backyard barbecue with tamales, sauce, corn and ribs fillin’ the plates. Cinematically, this DVD is just as fine as sittin’ in B.L.U.E.S. noddin’ and clapping.



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