Label: Earwig Music
Digital Release Date: 2013-10-15
Subgenre: Chicago Blues
You’ll never find a blues guitarist who appreciates the integral role of piano in his chosen idiom more than Chris James. That’s why Chris and his musical partner of two decades, bassist Patrick Rynn, named this set
Barrelhouse Stomp. Every hard-hitting selection boasts rock-solid piano accompaniment.
Chris and Patrick recruited three of the finest blues pianists on the planet—Henry Gray, Aaron Moore, and David Maxwell—to take part in this project. Much like its predecessors, the duo’s third album for Michael Frank’s Earwig label is firmly rooted in traditional Chicago blues. Yet they continue to evolve and take chances
in the studio. “I don’t want to keep putting out the same CD,” says Chris. Ensemble playing has always been the cornerstone of the San Diego-based pair’s approach, but
there’s an increased emphasis on sizzling solos here. After all, with this all-star lineup of guests, they need space to strut their stuff. In addition to the 88s aces, a pair of Chicago
legends, guitarist Jody Williams and tenor saxist Eddie Shaw, are on board.