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5.0 out of 5 stars Great for British jazz and blues fans, 5 Jan. 2008
This review is from: Blowing the Blues: A Personal History of the British Blues (Paperback)
If you've not heard of Dick Heckstall-Smith, you're probably to young to remember the 70s band Colosseum. If you do remember them, this is a great book about the rise and fall of the band and the part that DHS played in it. Probably of more general interest, however, is the time DHS spent in the 60s, playing with Alexis Korner and Graham Bond at the same time as Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker, and touring with Mayall's Bluesbreakers in the Mick Taylor era. There's a fascinating chapter on Graham Bond which is almost worth the price of the book by itself. The book also covers the problems of the jazz scene in Britain, which DHS was also active in. There's also a CD which contains unreleased material - it's jazz mostly, but with rock/blues overtones and some really great performances. If you're interested in how British blues/rock came to be, you couldn't do better than to buy this.
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