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on 26 June 2011
This is a curiosity in some ways. I've been playing it in the car - and it's good driving music. I'm not sure where else it sits in my personal music-playing canon. The infectious enthusiasm that Hugh Laurie communicated in his various televisual appearances promoting this album (which certainly inspired me to buy it) isn't, actually, obvious in the music itself. But then - blues ain't supposed to be enthusiastic; that's why it has minors and flats in it.

The album betrays its origins as being by someone who - because he's famous for other things - can easily surround himself with legendary musicians and the whole thing has a big brashness as a result. This is not A Bad Thing. Indeed, this may be how southern blues is recorded these days.

The album is mainly standards, one or two I didn't know. Mr Laurie plays up a storm on both guitar and piano and turns out to have a great blues voice. His band is first rate (see above) I particularly like the percussionist, who has a lot of imagination.

The only thing I found slightly frustrating was that the standards on the album all seem to be missing the words that I know (and I know quite a few versions to most of these) and be supplied with (fewer)different ones. I know blues music isn't set in stone, but it does mess up my harmonies.

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on 21 June 2017
This over-gifted man turns out to be a fantastic pianist and a great singer. This is my most played CD. This is great Jazz performed by Hugh and friends. Outstanding!
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on 14 April 2017
hubby loves this
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on 16 April 2017
good quality
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on 11 July 2017
Good
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on 19 June 2013
His love of blues music really comes over well. First rate playing from Laurie and his backing band.
As Bonzo Dog asked, 'Can white men sing the blues'. Hugh Laurie has a really good stab at answering this !
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on 8 January 2013
Not a bad album! It's Hugh Laurie! But it is over-produced! I would have loved for him to sit down at the piano, or with his guitar, and just jam some trio or quartet blues. Stream of f'in' consciousness! But the artist doesn't always get the chance to do what he/she would wish/want/desire to do! Maybe next time, there'll be another producer with a little less ego, and a little more musical soul!
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on 19 May 2016
Such a good album!
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on 16 May 2017
exceptionally good album good value for money
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on 6 June 2011
This album is a complete surprise and I purchased it on the strength of a TV feature. Quite brilliant, even for non-blues fans. Where has such talent been all this time? Highly recommended!
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