Mittwoch, 27. Oktober 2021

Reverend Gary Davis - Manchester Free Trade Hall 1964

Reverend Gary Davis, also Blind Gary Davis, (April 30, 1896 – May 5, 1972) was a blues and gospel singer and guitarist. His unique finger-picking style influenced many other artists and his students in New York City included Stefan Grossman, David Bromberg, Roy Book Binder, Woody Mann, Nick Katzman, Dave Van Ronk, Tom Winslow, and Ernie Hawkins.

Reverend Gary Davis cut his first records during the '30s, established his early mature style with a new spate of records in the mid-'40s, doggedly persevered and was roundly "rediscovered" by the folk and blues revivalists of the late '50s and early '60s. On May 8, 1964 the Rev, on tour with something called the Blues and Gospel Caravan, was recorded in live performance with his Gibson guitar at the Free Trade Hall in Manchester, England. In 2008 Document released a compact disc containing all of the music known to have been taped during that set. This is a revealing and wonderfully honest album of traditional songs, including "If I Had My Way," a ritual first recorded by Blind Willie Johnson decades earlier and lucratively covered by the Caucasian folk trio Peter, Paul & Mary. Also present at the Free Trade Hall was whoop-and-holler harmonica ace Sonny Terry, an expressive performer who exchanges words and blows up a duet with Davis on "The Sun is Going Down" and solos at length on "Coon Hunt." Davis alternately sang both sacred as well as bracingly worldly blues tunes, and also tapped into his own early roots with the "Cincinnati Flow Rag" and Scott Joplin's "Maple Leaf Rag," syncopated episodes that, along with everything else on this excellent album, link him directly to old time ragtime/blues guitar legends Henry Thomas, Blind Boy Fuller, and Blind Blake.


01. You Got To Move
02. If I Had My Way
03. The Sun Is Going Down
04. I'm A Soldier
05. I Got A Little Mama, Sweet As She Can Be
06. Sally, Please Come Back To Me (Worried Blues)
07. Cocaine Blues
08. Cincinnati Flow Rag
09. Children Of Zion
10. Coon Hunt (Harmonica Instrumental)
11. Maple Leaf Rag

Reverend Gary Davis - Manchester Free Trade Hall 1964
(256 kbps, cover art included)

2 Kommentare:

Anonym hat gesagt…

Many thanks for this. A wonderful performer.

zero hat gesagt…

You are welcome!

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