Friday, April 6, 2012

Hot Fudge

Another groove from the prolific Bill Doggett. Food and instrumental rhythm and blues seem to be inexplicably linked.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Little Willie John

Heartbreak has long been a favorite of mine, all the way from its sanctified Hammond intro through to its honking sax and powerful vocal. One of Little Willie John's finest.

Saturday, November 5, 2011


Tenor man J.C. Davis recorded a bunch of instrumentals at Chess in the early sixties. Davis was at one time a member of James Brown's band. Big Walter Horton blows harp on this south side gem.

Grits 'N' Corn Bread

The blues never really went away, it just got stirred up in a big 'ol pot of funk and soul. A greasy serving of 1966 Los Angeles funk.

Dig In

At first listening this single sounds decidedly Staxesque which is not surprising considering Charles "Packy" Axton's mother was none other than Stax co-founder Estelle Axton. Tenor playing "Packy" was also a founding member of The Mar-Keys along with Steve Cropper and Donald "Duck" Dunn.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Post Doggett

Hank Marr joined King records in 1961 as a replacement for Bill Doggett. The Greasy Spoon, released in 1964, filled the B3 void left after Doggett's departure.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Chicken Fat

When I started my other blog The Magnetic Brain I had every intention of covering a broad selection of my interests. Over time, however, The Magnetic Brain has evolved into an automotive boneyard. Sidewindin' is an opportunity for me to post a variety of music that I enjoy and hopefully others will too.

Mississippi born Mel Brown played with a who's who of the R & B world before recording his 1967 debut album Chicken Fat on Impulse. Mel blurs the line between blues, jazz and funk on this one.