True living legends are few and far between, harmonica genius Sugar Blue can justly lay claim to that title. Sugar Blue, named after a Sidney Bechet shellac that flew from a Greenwich Village balcony, has played with the greats of Rock, Blues and Jazz and on some of the finest classic recordings around. Now, with the release of Sugar Blue’s first live CD ‘Raw Sugar’, the man behind the harmonica has given the world a taste of the genuine Sugar Blue experience.
Mainly drawn from original music from his last two CDs, it also contains a classic rock and roll mega-hit –The Rolling Stones’ iconic ‘Miss You’ (…it was Blue blasting the harp in the original track in ’78!)– this recording truly captures a unique live experience. The awesomely talented rhythm section includes Rico McFarland on guitar, Damiano Della Torre on keys, drummer James Knowles and bassist Ilaria Lantieri, co-writer on much of the original material: ‘Raw Sugar’ is the closest you will get to the incendiary experience of attending one of the Sugar Blue Band’s live shows.
This is a record for the aficionado, musician and casual listener alike. There are rock, blues, R’n’B and jazz styles here, all shot through with that essential dose of sweet, raw soul. It should be no surprise that Sugar Blue is one of the greatest live performers around… after all, this is a man that none other than Mick Jagger described as “a strange and talented musician”. And Mick’s rarely wrong! Meanwhile, Sugar Blue has been busy working with the likes of Stan Getz, Bob Dylan and Willie Dixon. That’s not a bad roster!
With this new project Blue shows once again how, through his musical endeavours, he has forged a modern style that is instantly recognisable as his own. Drawing inspiration from guitar heroes like Jimi Hendrix, Sugar Blue makes his harmonica cut through the music with the power, precision and clarity of a great guitar riff – you can hear that unique, technically dazzling, innovative vision throughout this double CD set. Whether you are a life-long fan or a newcomer to his music, Sugar Blue’s new live CD is a must have! After all, living legends don’t bring out recordings every day….