This isn’t about the punk classic “London Calling”, we are calling Chicago, through British bluesman Cyril Davies. His “Chicago Calling” is everything a good blues song needs. Kicking off with a killer honky-tonk Piano tune, and wild swinging harmonica melodies the up-tempo vocals start in. “Chicago Calling” is enjoyable every one of the 145 seconds.
ALBUM | British Blues Guitar Legend Jesse Davey: Big Blues
You Might know the main persona of this article for his contribution to the sound of the British Blues in the 90s. He was a founding member of blues band The Hoax alongside John Amor, but above all Jesse Davey is a brilliant guitarist and songwriter, a legend in his own style. This September Davey released his solo album Big Blues which features collaborations with a whole lot of blues singers. The arrangements, the voices, the monstrous guitar solos, fast or slow, drunk or sober it is a great pleasure to listen to Big Blues.
Collaborations for Big Blues
For this project Jesse Davey worked with singers as Ash Wilson (The Relavator), Pete Gage (Made It on my Own, Chain Smoking), Ian Siegal (Can’ Get It Together) and Hugh Coltman (How Blue Can You Get). Is it nice to see so many singers on one album. The footmarks of Davey are in every song very clear, but the vocals bring a different angle to every song, it is the individual contribution of these guys that make Big Blues more and more divers.
‘The Crow’ is a song that feels as a renewed 21th century Mannish Boy with tight and straight forward vocals. The song feels Gritty and dark but at the same time it boosts your energy very well. ‘Fast Boy’ is a monster of a song. Especially the guitar grooves so fine that is like you’re in a Ford Mustang driving full throttle along the Coast line, the Delta or what the groove takes you too. The song is also very nice arranged; the guitar, next the drum, followed by the
Piano… And by the time you’re so far that you grab the leather of your seat firmly, the guitar solo kicks in and brings you home.
Jesse Davey – The Revelator
All though it is hard to pick one favorite song on Big Blues ‘The Relevator’ has the most groovy arrangement and is therefore a song you easily remember. The fine piano introduction followed by the catchy vocals make the song groove. You will also like the guitar solo that is comparable to the style Freddy King played his rocking solos.
Inspiration of King, Hopkins and Vaughan
His playing is influenced by the greats such as B.B. King, Lightnin’ Hopkins, and Stevie Ray Vaughn and has developed into a mature, personal style ranging from “blistering pyrotechnics with jazz and classical flavors”. It is clear Davey is a veteran in the blues guitar world bringing you the finest soul searching solos, which run the game of emotions of exquisite melancholy to explosive joy.
Davey as member of the Hoax
In 1991 Davey started The Hoax alongside John Amor and Hugh Coltman. All the members were all young students of the blues and had played together since they were in their teens; songwriting and arrangements were worked out together by all five members and in 1994 their debut album Sound Like This was brought out. The Hoax impresses critics in England who compared the to The Yardbirds, John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers and the Rolling Stones.
Photo Credit: Jesse Davey, Press material
Jesse Davey’s Jam Devizes Hugh Coltman Jon Amor The Hoax
THE CROW – JESSE DAVEY [Feat. Pete Gage]
BIG BLUES [Feat. Ian Siegal and Jesse Davey]
Once you start collecting records you learn more and more about jazz and blues.
– John Mayall –
John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers
John Mayall is considered the father of the British Blues, He recorded as a solo artist and with The Bluesbreakers, more than twenty albums over the last fifty years. Mayall and The Bluesbreakers made the blues very, very popular back in the sixties, for that John Mayall is considered the Father of the British Blues. I wrote a lot about American Blues legends on this blog, for now a journey to England, British Blues John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers.
John Mayall and Eric Clapton
John Mayall is a fantastic musician and talent scout, he collected some of the best musicians and guitarist around him since he started back in the sixties. So when a young Eric Clapton left the Yardbirds 1965 to join John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers we were all blasted by the sound of mister Slowhands. It was a major coup for Mayall, and resulted in a dreamteam recording session, and eventually in the Bluesbreakers with Eric Clapton album. When Clapton left the Bluesbreakers, Mayall found Peter Green, and when he left John found Mick Taylor willing to play for him.
Blues albums: Turning Point
Not only Mayall’s guitarist made the Bluesbreaker famous, John Mc Vie and Steve Thompson contributed with funky fantastic basslines. Steve Thompson blasts away on the 1969 album Turning Point. I remember very well the first time I heard Turning Point, an album without drums, but basslines that fill the rhythm enough. The Turning Point album is an example for what John Mayall is, an innovator.
John Mayall played with a lot of great musicians like Jimi Hendrix, Albert King and the Rolling Stones. The next video is an example, Albert King produced by John Mayall: