CHICAGO BLUES BAND
IN BETWEEN TIME
DELMARK CD DE-826
ROCKIN ALL DAY--I NEED YOU SO BAD--MY BABY WALKED OUT--OLD FRIENDS--IN BETWEEN TIME--I GOT IT--DEAD PRESIDENTS--A BETTER DAY--TIGHTEN UP ON IT--1839 BLUES--BILLY'S BOOGIE--MAKE IT ALRIGHT--BACHELOR BLUES--IF YOU DON'T WANT ME--LAKE MICHIGAN WATERS--LAWHORN SPECIAL--BLIZZARD
Harp man extraordinaire Al Miller was an integral part of the mid-Sixties Chicago blues revival, along with the likes of Charlie Musselwhite, Paul Butterfield, and Mike Bloomfield, with whom he continued to play after both moved to Frisco in the late Sixties. Later returning to Chicago, Al released "Wild Cards" for Delmark, featuring, among others, Dave Specter, Willie Kent, Tad Robinson, and Dave Freund. His latest release for Delmark is the long-lost follow-up to that set, recorded around the turn of the century but unreleased until now and entitled "In Between Time." This one is seventeen cuts of pure Chicago blues manna from heaven, with an even more impressive array of backing players than its predecessor.
Joining Al on this set are Billy Flynn, Dave Specter, and legendary John Primer on guitar, father-son Willie and Kenny Smith on drums, and Barrelhouse Chuck and long-time Delmark stalwart Ken Saydak on keys, making this a true All-Star affair. There are swingin' rockers like the leadoff "Rockin All Day," "My Baby Walked Out," and "Tighten Up On It." John Primer adds vocals to "I Need You So Bad," the walking lope of "1839 Blues," and a way-cool take on Little Walter's ode to some serious cash money, them "Dead Presidents." Al revisits his Bllomfield days with the help of Billy Flynn's guitar on two "bad weather" blues, "A Better Day" and the set-closing "Blizzard." Al takes us down to Mardi Gras with the second-line pattern of "Old Friends,' while Billy Flynn's slide hearkens back to the days of Muddy and Robert Nighthawk over Al's brooding vocal on the title cut, at that "In Between Time, where pleasure turns to pain."
Every cut on this set is worthy of being called a favorite. If you are a fan of the classic, Chicago-style combo blues, then you simply cannot miss Al Miller's "In Between Time." Great harp work from a man who's a vital part of the rich history of Windy City blues backed by some of the best players on the planet makes for a sweet set indeed! Until next time....Sheryl and Don Crow.