Quintus McCormick Blues Band

Put It on Me!

by Alan Brown

14 September 2011

 
cover art

Quintus McCormick Blues Band

Put It on Me!

(Delmark)
US: 17 May 2011
UK: 11 Jul 2011

Quintus McCormick waited fifteen years to enter the studio with his blues band and record a debut album that swung with a soul-blues swagger on a par with the likes of the underrated Ted Taylor or the better known Little Johnny Taylor. Thankfully, the Chicago-based band’s follow-up is with us in just under two years later.
 
Put It on Me! boasts another 15 solid originals that showcase McCormick’s versatile vocals as he moves from smooth operating soul balladeer (“Say Love”) to low-down bluesman (“Lady Blue”). The Chicago Horns once again drop in occasionally with bursts of bright soul revue brass. At times this reviewer wished McCormick would reign in the electric blues guitar pyrotechnics, especially on the bridge of “How Quick We Forget”, but those moments are few and far between. When he does hold back, as on the more tightly structured soul-blues ballad “Change”, McCormick is hard to beat.

Put It on Me!

Rating:

 

We all know how critical it is to keep independent voices alive and strong on the Internet. Please consider a donation to support our work as independent cultural critics and historians. Your donation will help PopMatters stay viable through these changing and challenging times where costs have risen and advertising has dropped precipitously. We need your help to keep PopMatters strong and growing. Thank you.

 

//comments
//related
//Mixed media
//Blogs

Saul Williams Commands Attention at Summerstage (Photos + Video)

// Notes from the Road

"Saul Williams played a free, powerful Summerstage show ahead of his appearance at Afropunk this weekend.

READ the article