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The Heid-Bassett Blues Insurgents - The Heid-Bassett Blues Insurgents (2015)

14-10-2015, 17:57
Music | Blues

The Heid-Bassett Blues Insurgents - The Heid-Bassett Blues Insurgents (2015)

Artist: The Heid-Bassett Blues Insurgents
Title Of Album: The Heid-Bassett Blues Insurgents
Year Of Release: 2015
Genre: Blues
Label: Eastlawn Records
Format: MP3
Quality: 320 kbps, 44.1 Khz
Total Time: 48:55
Total Size: 116 MB
Covers: Front

01. Same Old Blues (3:49)
02. Woke Up This Morning (3:46)
03. Milling (4:14)
04. Blowin' The Horn (3:09)
05. Hentai Ni (5:42)
06. Tired Of Waiting (3:26)
07. Pick Up The Pieces (4:26)
08. Mellow Dog (5:10)
09. Years Gone By (4:00)
10. Mal's Boogie (3:11)
11. Sweet Little Angel (3:09)
12. Wonderin' Blues (4:47)

Keyboardist/vocalist Bill Heid was born August 11, 1948, in Pittsburgh, PA. A natural and virtuosic musician who was inspired to play jazz and blues by listening to the radio, he played in both piano and organ groups. His brother is the well-respected drummer and producer George Heid. Originally influenced by Jimmy Smith and Don Patterson, Heid heard the chitlin' circuit greats at the Hurricane Bar, including Smith and Patterson, Jack McDuff, Jimmy McGriff, and Dr. Lonnie Smith. Down the street at the Crawford Grill were the jazz bands led by Freddie Hubbard, Max Roach, Gene Harris, Bobby Timmons, and Wynton Kelly.

On occasion he would sit in with some of these groups and pester them for information. Spending time in Chicago and later in New York, he met and hung out with his mentor, Larry Young, often visiting the family-owned Newark Club in Young's hometown of Newark, NJ. He was also privy to playing with the best organ drummers like Joe Dukes and Billy James. And he heard the local contingent of jazz greats like Ahmad Jamal, Art Blakey, Erroll Garner, George Benson, Eddie Jefferson, Mary Lou Williams, and Stanley Turrentine.

His quest for musical knowledge found him on the road when in 1963, in search of rare 78-rpm rhythm & blues records, he began a journey/career of hitchhiking. He did this in the contiguous 48 states of the U.S.; through Canada, Mexico, the Philippines, Japan, Korea, and China; and to the Thailand/Cambodia border. His over 400,000 documented miles of thumbing a ride gained Heid a spot in The Guinness Book of World Records. Some of his journeys led him to the so-called chicken houses and organ rooms of major cities, where he interned with Jimmy Witherspoon, Jimmy Ponder, Sonny Stitt, Grant Green, David "Fathead" Newman, Ira Sullivan, and Mickey Roker, and was a pianist with Don Patterson.

A move to Chicago brought him closer to the urban blues as he worked or recorded with Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, and especially Son Seals, Koko Taylor, Fenton Robinson, and Roy Buchanan. He also did two LPs and played in the bands of contemporary jazz guitarist Henry Johnson. Moving to Detroit, he spent two decades there playing in his own groups; helping to revive the career of a local legend of blues guitar and vocals, Johnnie Bassett, as the music director of his Blues Insurgents; and backing the veteran singer Alberta Adams. During and since his time in Detroit, Heid could be found making music soundtracks for adult films in Los Angeles, then touring worldwide for the U.S. State Department as a jazz ambassador, particularly on tours of Japan and Vietnam. In August 2003, Heid played more of the Pacific Rim in Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Singapore. ~AMG

b. 9 October 1934, Marianna, Florida, USA. For many years an unacknowledged talent, Bassett finally emerged from semi-obscurity in 1994 when championed by the drummer and music promoter, R.J. Spangler. Spangler was the midwife to the first line-up of Johnnie Bassett And The Blues Insurgents, (with Spangler on drums, Bill Heid on piano and organ, and Scott Peterson on alto saxophone), the band that would bring Bassett to the prominence he deserved. As a young boy, Bassett played the harmonica and taught himself to play guitar. At school he met other like-minded aspiring musicians with whom he played at local talent contests. He made his professional debut as part of the Detroit, Michigan-based R&B combo, Joe Weaver And Bluenotes, who soon caught the attention of several major artists such as John Lee Hooker and began working with them in local clubs as backing artists. In this informal atmosphere, Bassett rubbed shoulders with the greats and absorbed their artistry. The combo also got regular work with Detroit’s Fortune Records as their studio band. Bassett continued to work steadily as a musician on the lounge circuit, not allowing even national service in the army from 1958-62 to interrupt his career. He moved to Seattle following his service, backing stellar artists such as T.J. Fowler, Eddie Burns, Smokey Robinson And The Miracles and Tina Turner. A young Jimi Hendrix also sought him out for advice. Bassett’s reputation flourished on his return to Detroit, all the way through to the 90s. However, it was only when Bassett and the newly formed Blues Insurgents were featured on a live CD of the Detroit/ Montreux International Jazz Festival that he began to reach an international audience. Bassett’s first studio album I Gave My Life To The Blues was released on the Netherlands label, Black Magic Records. Further albums followed in rapid succession, with Cadillac Blues featuring an especially warm, rich collection of songs. The album featured new additions to the Insurgents, Chris Codish (organ), Keith Kaminski (tenor saxophone), and Dwight Adams (trumpet). Party My Blues Away was the 1999 follow-up. Having won the Detroit Blues Society’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 1994, Bassett had waited a long time for recognition. It’s with sly satisfaction that he sings, ‘I still got the blues, but now I’ve got them in my Cadillac.’ ~AMG

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