CD Review - Junior Wells and the Aces - Live in Boston
A CD review of the Blues Harmonica whizzkid Junior Wells and his band, The Aces live in concert.
Junior Wells and the Aces
Live in Boston 1966
Delmark Records - 3.5 out of 5
The famed harmonica player and singer Junior Wells leads one of his first bands through this archive of live material from 1966. With the Brothers Louis and Dave Myers on guitar and Bass respectively, and drummer Fred Below, Wells lead the tight ensemble through a set of classic blues songs and seeming improvisations. So, we have well known songs, such as ‘Look on Yonder’s Wall’ and ‘Messing with the Kid’ ‘Got My Mojo Working・and a seven minute ‘Hideaway’ mixing with the near eight minutes of ‘Junior’s Whoop’ and a number of talks introducing the songs, and discussing life with an attentive audience. It makes you wish you were there. The sound has been enhanced to be up to today’s modern standards, but none of the music sounds dated, which is often the case with music like this. Junior Wells has worked with a number of famed and acclaimed musicians, the most widely known probably being Buddy Guy, but with this ensemble, he can work his magic, in an atmosphere that was supportive of his talent, and also gives space for his band to show what they can do.