Message in Blue

Message in Blue

by Dave SpecterDave Specter


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Dave Specter and Chicago blues go hand in hand, but while Specter has been a fixture on the Chicago blues scene since the 1980s, he's been increasingly branching out into other forms and genres with his elegant, graceful, sparkling-clear guitar playing, touching down here, on his tenth album, on soul-jazz, Latin rhythms, New Orleans street corner horn stomps, and good old gut-bucket soul. Oh, there's the blues here, too, but Specter has moved beyond that, really, and is exploring so much more on his albums, all without losing that blues base, or that wonderful, warm tone that is his signature as a guitar player. Specter is not a vocalist, choosing, as he's put it, to do his singing with his guitar, and consequently, he loves working with great singers, his guitar forming a duet of sorts with the vocalist. That approach pays off big here on the three tracks that feature guest vocalist Otis Clay. Clay and Specter turn Harold Burrage's "Got to Find a Way" and Wilson Pickett's "I Found a Love" into wonderful, vibrant pieces of Chicago soul, helped by the Chicago Horns, and they're clearly the two most striking tracks on the album. Other highlights in this varied and balanced (roughly half instrumentals and half vocal tracks) set include the Meters-like instrumental "Funkified Outta Space," the fun "Jefferson Stomp," which features some solid slide guitar work from Specter, and the Latin-tinged "Spectifyin' Samba," but the whole album has a warm, unified flow to it, and Specter's guitar playing swings, bites and slides through everything, singing its heart out.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/20/2014
Label: Delmark
UPC: 0038153083625
catalogNumber: 836
Rank: 114142

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Dave Specter   Primary Artist,Guitar
Otis Clay   Vocals
Kenny Anderson   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Marty Binder   Drums
John Brumbach   Tenor Saxophone
Theresa Davis   Background Vocals
Willie Henderson   Baritone Saxophone
Diane Madison   Background Vocals
Bill McFarland   Trombone
Harlan Terson   Bass
Jim Tullio   Percussion,Acoustic Bass
Hank Ford   Tenor Saxophone
Bob Corritore   Harmonica
Travis T. Bernard   Drums
Brother John Kattke   Organ,Piano,Vocals,fender rhodes
Victor Garcia   Percussion,Conga

Technical Credits

Dave Specter   Composer,Producer,Horn Arrangements
Wilson Pickett   Composer
Don Nix   Composer
Kenny Anderson   Horn Arrangements
Lee Baker   Composer
Raymond Boyd   Cover Photo
Willie Henderson   Horn Arrangements
Jimmy Jones   Composer
Robert G. Koester   Producer
Don Robey   Composer
Willie Schofield   Composer
Jim Tullio   Producer
Robert West   Composer
Oscar Perry   Composer
Lloyd Sachs   Liner Notes
Harvey Tillis   Tray Photo
Aleš Brichta   Composer
Steve Wagner   Engineer,Band Photo

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