We'll miss you dearly, Mr. He was my personal favorite Chicago blues guitarist -- a true original and a one-of-a-kind artist whose distinctive guitar style is instantly recognizable. His chilling killer tone, his deep, complex, innovative sol os and his intense and menacing playing have made him revered amongst his peers, which also won him devoted diehard cult-like fans around the world.
Not only did he play with an absolutely devastating heavy West Side Chicago blues guitar attack, he also played with taste, restraint subtle beauty and feeling. It was always something of a stylistic misnomer anyway; Dawkins' West Side-styled guitar slashed and surged, but seldom burned with incendiary speed. Dawkins' blues were generally of the brooding, introspective variety -- he didn't engage in flashy pyrotechnics or outrageous showmanship.
It took a long time for Dawkins to progress from West Side fixture to nationally known recording artist. He rode a Greyhound bus out of Mississippi in , dressing warmly to ward off the Windy City's infamous chill factor. Only trouble was, he arrived on a sweltering July day! Harpist Billy Boy Arnold offered the newcomer encouragement, and he eventually carved out a niche on the competitive West Side scene his peers included Magic Sam and Luther Allison.
Fast Fingers, Dawkins' debut LP for Delmark -- which remained his best album -- was a taut, uncompromising piece of work that won the Grand Prix du Disque de Jazz from the Hot Club of France in as the year's top album.
On record, the band sorely lacking cohesion Cousin Joe is often uninspired. A disorganized and often boring content finally constituting a really disappointing album some tracks are a total boredom. It is curious to note that during this tour, the same musicians will give their best for the "Bad luck blues" of Cousin Joe.
Recorded in Paris during one of his visits to Europe, a few days before appearing at the prestigious Montreux Festival, this disc presents Jimmy as a leader of a french musicians band Georges Arvanitas Jacky Sanson, Michel Denis and Mickey Baker who lived in France for several years. His performance is at the height of the event with remarkable readings of "Five long years", "Whole lotta lovin'", "I'm gonna move to the outskirts of town". In this album, the two bluesmen are represented by two good tracks.
In , Jimmy sign up - unexpectedly - with Excello and cut this album in London. Surrounded by fifteen musicians and producer Mike Vernon, Jimmy is drowned in less subtle arrangements combining horn sections and not always relevant and often confused soul-funk elements.
However, some interesting moments "Things I used to do", "Stoned dead" can be pointed out, but others turn out really unsuccessful " Woodland", "High cost of living". Jimmy and Andrew "Big Voice" Odom share the sung parts. Classic blues, not necessarily very original, sometimes boring. These sessions were conducted with the assistance of producer Steve Tomashefsky also Jimmy Dawkins' manager who then sold tapes to Delmark firm for which he worked after have convinced Robert Koester to issue them.
For Jimmy, it was a come back at Delmark for the best after several uneven european albums. Remarkably accompanied by Jimmy Johnson, Sonny Thompson, Sylvester Boines and Tyrone Centuray, he uses here a distorted and often incisive guitar sound more on the foreground than usual. The tortured "Feel so bad", "Blue monday" with its New Orleans accents, the powerful "If you're ready", the soul-blues "Welfare line" and finally the excellent "Shufflin' the blues" additional title of the CD version absolutely deserve careful listening.
This is the last album recorded at the legendary Chess studios Ter-Mar Studios. Sexy Trippy All Moods. Drinking Hanging Out In Love. Introspection Late Night Partying. Rainy Day Relaxation Road Trip. Romantic Evening Sex All Themes. Features Interviews Lists. Streams Videos All Posts.Chicago guitarist Jimmy Dawkins would have preferred to leave his longtime nickname "Fast Fingers" behind. It was always something of a stylistic misnomer anyway; Dawkins' West Side-styled guitar slashed Read Full Biography. Overview ↓ Biography ↓ Discography ↓ Songs ↓.