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Grand - All Guitars
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available from Sequel Records. Item Number: USA:Volt/Fantasy records VCD-3410-2
UK: NEXCD 219
Produced by Otis Grand
The blues guitarist Otis Grand's first CD for Sequel records was recorded in Lyon, France in 1990, but was only on general release in Feb 1992 when the UK's SEQUEL Records picked up on it. "He Knows The Blues" Featuring the support of contemporaries like Otis' old friend Joe Louis Walker (currently the hottest Bluesman on the scene), Jimmy 'T99' Nelson, and Pee Wee Ellis ( of James Brown fame ).Joe Walker swaps guitar solos with Otis Grand on "SRV (My mood Too)" dedicated to the late Stevie Ray Vaughn.'T99' Nelson shouts some vintage blues on " Jumpin' for Jimmy" and "Swing Turn", recalling the great R&B shoutersof the 40's and 50's - Big Joe Turner & Wynonie Harris. Saxman Pee Wee Ellis, a member of the classic James Brown band of the 60's contributes arrangements and the instrumental " Ham".
B.B.King's long time bandleader and trumpet player Calvin Owens tops things off by arranging all the superb horn parts on the Cd. More importantly , Otis Grand's superb and tough blues guitar technique and playing is evident through out this set and covers a wide spectrum of blues styles.
"...He Knows The Blues is absolutely indispensable";- Bill Moodie, Juke Blues
Otis : "The monarch of British Blues"-Guitarist Magazine , 12/ 92
"... This guy is a monster guitarist... one of the best new artist I've heard in some time. I enjoyed the heck out of this album."- Don O, Blues DJ Texas