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Live at the Old Absinthe House Bar...Friday Night

Bryan Lee Audio CD
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During the '80s and '90s, the only blues band that visitors to New Orleans would hear was Bryan Lee's Jump Street Five Band at the Old Absinthe House on Bourbon Street. Blues veteran Bryan Lee, blind since childhood, became a true New Orleans blues institution and kept on delivering his own fiery brand of blues power long after the Old Absinthe House was gone. This was a gig that ... Read more in Amazon's Bryan Lee Store

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  • Audio CD (23 Feb 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Justin Time
  • ASIN: B0000021C9
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 280,135 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen10. Rock Me Baby 8:170.79  Buy MP3 


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Next best thing to being there! 23 Jan 2010
By ColinW
Format:Audio CD
The band: Bryan Lee (vocals, guitar), Al Arthur (Bass), 'Cadillac' Pete Rahn (Harmonica), Victor Spancowski (Drums), Mark Adams (Organ), John Banks (Keyboards); the guests: James Cotton (Harmonica), Frank Marino (Guitar), Kenny Wayne Shepherd (Guitar), Jody Golick (Saxophone). Every instrument is clearly heard, there is no 'too much salt' in this stew and you feel like you are there, it's truly amazing. This is how a live CD should be, just turn up the volume and you feel the atmosphere. Highlights for me personally were 'Key To The Highway' and 'Five Long Years'.
The only way this could be improved was if they had a DVD, which unfortunately I don't thing there is, Dammit!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best band you've never heard of! 1 Dec 2011
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I checked out Bryan Lee after his guest performance on Kenny Wayne Shepherd's 'Live in Chicago' cd. Bryan and his band played at the Old Absinthe House Bar, Bourbon Street, New Orleans for nearly 10 years until it changed its business use in 1997 [to become a daiquiri shop!]. This cd and its companion 'live on Saturday night' [vol. 2] was recorded six months or so before the last weekend of business. This album is just oozing class, top notch musicians led by Bryan, blind from the age of eight, who leaves us in no doubt that he IS the man. Switching effortlessly from Chicago blues to Mississippi blues to Delta blues, to goodtime boogie, the concert just grooves along beautifully. These guys and their guests are having such a good time, you feel like you are in the audience, whooping it up. The band have obviously got the experience of years of playing together and it shows. Note-perfect but with a hint of looseness [tight but loose if that makes sense]. Guest musicians James Cotton, Frank Marino, KWS [Bryan's protege at the time], & Jody Golick add to the heady brew to make this and vol. 2 an absolute must-have. The only question must be....why isn't Bryan up there with the greats? Pass the word on to anyone who appreciates great music.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Better Than Naked Ladies (And Mango Daquiris Too!) 26 Jun 2006
By Dennis G. Voss Jr. - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
A New Orleans native, I stopped in at the Old Absinthe Bar for a Sazerac on my way to taking out-of-town guests to a strip club. There was a blues band on the stage fronted by a heavy-set guy dressed all in white. His voice was pretty good, and we were into the music, but when Bryan Lee ripped into his first solo our jaws just dropped. Maybe we'd heard that kind of playing on a blues CD once or twice, but none of us ever imagined we could just walk into a bar off the street, buy our "one drink minimum," and hear someone wail like that. His companion musicians were superb as well. My guests forgot all about the strippers. We sat, hardly talking to each other, until Mr. Lee left the stage for the last time. You'll never hear exactly what we heard. The blues bar was gone long before Hurricane Katrina, another victim to the epidemic of mango-flavored daquiris. But this CD is about as close as you can expect from a live recording. It's the way I'd like to remember my home city.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tabasco-style blues 6 Nov 2003
By Mitchell Lopate - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
At my high school reunion, a classmate named Kevin McMahon cornered me near the bar, handed me a CD, said that he liked my Roy Buchanan article-and insisted I needed to hear this guy. He was 100% right about that-Lee is the hot Daddy of Bad Blues and he commands respect. The story goes that Bryan plays in a bar in New Orleans and doesn't really leave the place-it's a home to him-and that special guests come to visit. We're talking special guests like James Cotton, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, and Frank Marino (of Mahogany Rush).
Quick!-my asbestos gloves, because what Stevie Wonder can do with a keyboard, Bryan Lee does with a guitar, and that is scorching good music. Oh, yeah, he's blind, too. We're talking raw, skin-it-alive Fender Stratocaster, folks. Can he sing? Nasty, raspy, and when he screeches, I swear the last time that kind of sound crossed my ears was in metal shop. The backup band's support is hot enough to melt lead, and there's five-yes, five more CDs available. For an extra treat, try his Crawfish Lady-both the music and the recipe are found on that disc, but I warn you: there's no putting out this fire with any known substance, because Bryan Lee is too hot to control except under his own terms.
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars this is the real deal! 29 Nov 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This is one of the best blues guitarists alive today. This is a real nice sample of his talents with Kenny Wayne Shepherd and some other cool guests. Don't miss it!
6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars good, but not as good as the prior reviews 8 Nov 2003
By Btbp - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
When I found out (not from Amazon) that Frank Marino was on this album, plus KWS, I almost bought it sight unseen, but I gave the samples a listen and then decided to pick this and the Saturday night (part II) up.
I wasn't dissapointed, but my expectations we perhaps a little high, so it's not one of my top blues guitar albums, live or otherwise. It's a decent blues album and I like it, and although I'm no stranger to raw live blues, some of Lee's rawness comes off as, I'm sorry, but it's my opinion, sloppiness. Taken in context of a live recording in a New Orleans bar, this fits, but it's not 5-star material. Nor, IMHO is the companion album.
But don't let that stop you from picking it up, it's/they're good album(s). Lee is a decent guitarist and singer, and it's really cool that he had Marino & Shepherd sit in with him. Makes you want to blast it loud while sipping a Jim Beam.
If you're a very hard-core Marino fan like I am, you might a little dissapointed , Frank's a great player on his own and even better with Mahogany Rush, but like his "blues period" where he went from his own, post-Jimi/almost progressive self-styled fantastic sound period (IV, Strange Universe) to a more Johnny Winter vein, well, Frank's just not a blues guitarist *first*. He seems to be straining, not to play notes, but to garner feel. I can't believe I of all people am saying this about Frank!
Frank does do some nice slide playing, although I'm not sure it's actually slide, I had heard that on earlier MR albums he used his whammy bar for slide-sounds, but that be yet another Marino urban legend.
Some people are not so keen on KWS, but I have most of his albums and I like him a lot even if he's a SRV clone, at the end of the day he plays well and has good tunes. He sounds good here too.
Don't kill me for this review, someone else yeh or nay it.
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing 19 Mar 2003
By Bob Davis - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This album highlights the best and the worst of Kazaa. The best because I discovered the album and bought a copy. The worst because so many Kazaa users relegate Bryan Lee to vocalist and give the guitar credits to Kenny Wayne Shepherd when most of the tracks highlight the amazing energy and ability of Bryan Lee. This is an exceptional live album which introduced me to an artist who has been around for a long time (40 years) and finally gets deserved recognition. There are guests, in particular: Kenny ('his adopted son'), James Cotton and Frank Marino. The second album from this gig is similarly titled: Live at the Old Absinthe House Bar: Saturday Night and is also worth a visit. Listen to 'The Sky is Crying' for the best illustration of Bryan Lee's blues guitar and vocals.
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