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Corky Siegel's Chamber Blues

  • 1. Unfinished Jump for string quartet, blues harmonica & tabla (from Chamber Blues Suite), Op. 13
    2. Filisko's Dream, for string quartet, blues harmonica & tabla (from Chamber Blues Suite), Op. 12
    3. Concerto for Alberti Blues Piano, for string quartet & Alberti Blues piano (from Chamber Blues Suite), Op. 6
    4. Koulangatta, for string quartet & cameo blues harmonica
    5. Allegro for string quartet, piano, blues harmonica & tabla (from Chamber Blues Suite), Op. 8
    6. No One's Got Them Like I Do, for string auartet, blues piano, voice & tabla
    7. For Solo Violin (from Chamber Blues Suite), Op. 11
    8. Slow Blues, for string quartet & blues harmonica (from Chamber Blues Suite), Op. 7
    9. Concerto for 2nd Violin, for string quartet (To Howlin' Wolf) (from Chamber Blues Suite), Op. 9
    10. Insecurity, for string quartet, blues harmonica, piano, voice & tabla
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 4824

  • Credits
    ProducerHans Wurman; Corky Siegel; Hans Wurman; Matt Minde

    Personnel: Corky Siegel (vocal, harmonica, piano), Katherine Hughes (vocals, violin), Corinne Stillwell, Lisa Wurman (violin), Richard Halajian (viola), Jill Kaeding, Felix Wurman (cello), Frank Donaldson (tabla, percussion), West End String Quartet (background vocals).
    Engineers: Chris Sabold (track 1); Tim Reisig (tracks 2-10).
    Recorded at Universal Recording and Chicago Recording Company, Chicago, Illinois. Includes liner notes by Jim Bessman and Corky Siegel.
    All songs written or co-written by Corky Siegel.
    Personnel: Corky Siegel (vocals, harmonica, piano, keyboards); Corinne Stillwell, Katherine Hughes (violin, background vocals); Richard Halajian (viola, background vocals); Jill Kaeding (cello, background vocals); Frank Donaldson (tabla, percussion).
    Liner Note Author: Jim Bessman.
    Recording information: Chicago recording Company; Chicago, Ill; Universal Recording, Chicago, IL.
    Photographer: Peter Amft.
    Corky Siegel decided to return to solo recording in the early '90s, prompted by a few reunion concerts with his old partner, Jim Schwall. Instead of taking the easy way out and predictably running through a few standards, Siegel came up with the Chamber Blues project. As the title suggests, Corky Siegel's Chamber Blues fuses blues with classical music. Specifically, it features a string quartet, Siegel on piano and harmonica, and a tabla player. It certainly sounds intriguing on paper, but it never quite gels, since it's always possible to visualize the scaffolding that supports the music. Still, Siegel proves himself to be more ambitious than the average blues musician, and more adventurous blues listeners may find this worth exploring at least once. ~ Thom Owens

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