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One Kind Favor - B.B. King

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Genre: Blues - Modern Blues / Artist: B.B. King / Audio CD released 2008-09-29 at Geffen Records

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      19.01.2010 10:49
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      BB King's 24th

      **Introduction**

      Over his incredible sixty two year career, BB King has been one of music's longest standing artists. He has worked with just about anyone worth their salt in the Blues genre. To date he has released an incredible 24 studio albums and has released countless other live recordings in his career. Still going strong into his eighties he is still recording and performing. His latest studio album is 2008's "One Kind Favour" which won a Grammy for best Traditional Blues Album at the 51st Grammy Awards.

      **One Kind Favour**

      Over the years BB King has performed his interpretations of some of Blues great songs. On this album he teams up with T Bone Burnett to lovingly recreate some of the songs which influenced him the most in the early days. This album has been widely acclaimed by critics and fans alike and was released on the renowned Geffen Records. The album features great musicianship from Dr John, Nathan East and Mike Elizondo amongst others. Here is my review.

      1 See That My Grave Is Kept Clean
      2 I Get So Weary
      3 Get These Blues Off Me
      4 How Many More Years
      5 Waiting For Your Call
      6 My Love Is Down
      7 The World Is Gone Wrong
      8 Blues Before Sunrise
      9 Midnight Blues
      10 Backwater Blues
      11 Sitting On Top Of The World
      12 Tomorrow Night

      "See That My Grave is Kept Clean" (Blind Lemon Jefferson) starts the album off with a stop start melody with King's unmistakable guitar tones. Once his vocal comes in you are left in no doubt about his staying power as he still shows that emotive power of his voice. This is a very strong start to the album and hints at what's to come.

      "I Get So Weary" (T-Bone Walker) is up next and this is a vibrant and very catchy Blues track with a great double bass part from Nathan East which runs through the track with great effect. This is another very strong track and has some great piano licks from Dr John as well as the lovely Horn section which is often a feature of BB King's music.

      "Get These Blues Off Me" (Lee Vida Walker) is a great fusion between Jazz and Blues. I love the horn section which gives this song a great emotive quality along with BB's impassioned guitar playing on this track. This is vintage King and shows that as well as the voice still going strong he can still play the guitar as well as ever with some gorgeous licks.

      "How Many More Years" (Chester Burnett) This is a classic Howlin' Wolf track which has been superbly reworked here. The combination of the flowing drum beat and BB King's playing works extremely well with the backing of the orchestra Which has a Nat King Cole like flow. This is another very good reworking of the Blues standard.

      "Waiting for Your Call" (Oscar Lollie) Is a really lovely ballad about longing for someone. BB sings this with the perfect emotion and sincerity. This is probably the best track on the album and just shows how emotive he can be with his vocals and guitar playing. This track is about still wanting to be with someone and still loving them even though they have treated you so badly. Brilliant guitar work here.

      "My Love is Down" (Lonnie Johnson) This is a great version of This Lonnie Johnson track. It's another indication of the unique guitar playing of King and his great style. This is one of the best songs on the album and has a great swing about it. A great tribute to Lonnie Johnson who is also loved by the likes of Bob Dylan and Van Morrison.

      "The World Is Gone Wrong" (Walter Vinson, Lonnie Chatmon) Don't let the bad grammar stop you from listening to this lovely track, This has a great flow and is one of the best tracks on the album especially musically as it has a lovely blend of his guitar work and the horn section teaming with the piano and drums to create a fine backing.

      "Blues Before Sunrise" (John Lee Hooker) is a great tribute to another fine Bluesman. King's vocal in some parts of this track is noticeably different from the other tracks on the album as he pays tribute to John Lee Hooker. This is another very fine track which is great musically, lyrically and BB King's voice adds a nice touch to the overall feel.

      "Midnight Blues" (John Willie "Shifty" Henry) flows with a catchy rhythm which gives the track a great toe tapper feel. This track is a great mix of Jazz and Blues and features some great guitar work from BB King as the backing band do their thing as well. This is another very fine track from "One Kind Favour".

      "Backwater Blues" (Big Bill Broonzy) is Probably the slowest track on the album and gives you a different side to BB King. His voice soars like normal but the slow blues feel adds a great emotive feel to the song. Another great reworking of this track from a man who was born in the 19th century. 1898 to be exact.

      "Sitting on Top of the World" (Walter Vinson, Lonnie Chatmon) I love the way the Piano plays part on this track, a subtle yet noticeable piece which is the backing to BB's laid back vocals and the flowing drum beat and horn section. This is another very strong track on this album and is the penultimate track on "One Kind Favour".

      "Tomorrow Night" (Lonnie Johnson) is a stunning reworking of a fabulous ballad that builds beautifully and the lovely gentle musical backing is a key to the emotion of this song. BB King has done a lovely version of this old classic and I think he has even improved on it. Wait for the lovely Sax solo to complete things.

      **Overall**

      Around 60 years on from some of these tracks, BB King has reworked them wonderfully and still kept what emotion and verve they had and brought it into the modern day. This is a great blues album that proves that BB King can still do it even into his 80's. He has produced some of his best work in the last ten years and he shows no signs of quitting just yet. On this evidence he could be still performing and releasing at 90 if he's still around and I hope he is on this evidence.

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      Disc #1 Tracklisting
      1 See That My Grave Is Kept Clean
      2 I Get So Weary
      3 Get These Blues Off Me
      4 How Many More Years
      5 Waiting For Your Call
      6 My Love Is Down
      7 The World Is Gone Wrong
      8 Blues Before Sunrise
      9 Midnight Blues
      10 Backwater Blues
      11 Sitting On Top Of The World
      12 Tomorrow Night