Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
Collection: Downey Bluesdotdotdotdot
artworkThere's not a drop of surf here, but many superbly greasy vintage R&B numbers from the Downey vaults cut at Dolphin's of Hollywood make this a groovy listen. As a bonus is the coolest take on "Night Scene" ever!
Picks: Paul Clifton - Jay Walkin', Chuck Higgins - Sorry 'Bout That, Night Scene, T-Bone Walker, Jr. - Sumptin' Else

Track by Track Review


Paul Clifton - Jay Walkin' dotdotdot
R&B (Instrumental)

"Jay Walkin'" is a grimy blueser with a smoky bar feel. Soulful sax and rolling piano above a walking bass line and steady beat.

Chuck Higgins - Sorry 'Bout That dotdotdotdot
R&B (Instrumental)

This is a saucy R&B number with a very Rumblers feel. Gourd, moody bass, jammin' piano, and an unbeatable groove. Gritty sax and spoken lines. Just too cool!

Chuck Higgins - Night Scene dotdotdotdotdot
R&B (Instrumental)

This is a stellar cover of the Rumblers' wonderful "Night Scene" by an R&B artist with a long history that goes back to Dolphin's of Hollywood and the early fifties. This has a greasy inland feel that's very sultry and emotional. Its inland sound morph the song into a whole new place, while keeping the basic lurid appeal front and center. Wonderful!

T-Bone Walker, Jr. - Sumptin' Else dotdot
R&B (Instrumental)

"Sumptin' Else" is a pretty straight forward blues jam. Lost in a fog of thousands of similar grooves, it just doesn't stick in ram despite excellent playing.