It never fails that when blues are executed with precision, a burst of pure cool hits the air with vengeance. Albert King must be just jamming along with the sounds of this classic tribute by one who needs no introduction, Corey Stevens. With Ruf Records release of Albertville in 2007, it brings blues front stage again. The string manipulation and vocal blues magnetism of Steven’s sets this release apart from many others this season. Albertville is blues in overdrive with a special artist igniting the sounds of another.... Pure Cool!
As an artist/writer, Stevens has recorded numerous originals which at times is the majorities preference however there are always exceptions to the mother rule. This project happens to be one of the exceptions. So mom takes a back seat and rides this welcome fever, breaking all the rules! Stevens voice along with his string wizardry just makes these King cuts become energized with the true Blues feel. Heartfelt and driven, the efforts messages are as fresh as they were back when King hit the stage. The tribute not only goes to King but the performer orchestrating this accolade!
Also if you have a chance, enjoy the tempo of skins by Steve Ferrone, who keeps the pace of this project right on line! One of the primary spins is "I Get Evil," which is such a powerful cut on this project. It embraces the talents of Stevens’s guitar work and the bonding of percussion. Also note Paul Testa’s organ work, which is very pronounced in this effort. This is a pure blues ride.
Albertville will grasp the attention of all who are in earshot of the spin. I recommend you be one of those!