The Lonesome Coyotes have had a longer run together since reforming in 2002 than they did in their original configuration in the late ’70s and early ’80s. That continuity’s threatened by guitarist Hector Qirko’s pending departure for South Carolina, but they’ll be throwing down at least one more time tonight. Here’s what singer/guitarist Steve Horton’s been listening to lately.
Django With His American Friends (DRG, 1998)
Found this used at McKay. Three discs of Django Reinhardt with American jazz artists as they visited France between 1936 and 1945. He mostly plays rhythm on these cuts, but what a great rhythm player. Features Coleman Hawkins, Larry Adler, Benny Carter, and Freddy Taylor, among others. The standouts to me, and the reason for buying the set, are the nine cuts featuring classically trained jazz fiddler Eddie South, who combines the delicate, airy playing of Grapelli with the earthiness of Stuff Smith.
Mose Allison Sings (Prestige, 1957)
Not many singers can cover songwriters as diverse as Willie Dixon, Duke Ellington, Jimmie Rodgers, Ray Charles, and Percy Mayfield. If this were vinyl instead of a CD, “Do Nothing Till You Hear From Me” by Ellington and “Lost Mind” by Mayfield would be completely worn out from being played over and over.
The Hector Qirko Band
The Blues Is a Living Thing (Blind Guru, 1994)
Love this 1994 release from Hector, now out of print. His voice is deeper, fuller on his later albums, but his guitar playing is full of fire on this one.
Basically Sane (self-released)
Clever, witty writing. Entertaining. I especially like “I Liked You Better When You Made Me Look Good.”
The Black Cadillacs
All Them Witches (self-released)
Great rocking album. My favorite cuts, “Pale Angel” and “The End,” feature Ashley Wells of the Songbirds singing sweet harmony with lead singer Will Horton, a great blend. While Horton is obviously influenced by Mick Jagger, on “Pale Angel” he also channels Otis Redding and at times shows some traces of Van Morrison. (Did I mention that Will is my son? Not that I’m proud or anything!)