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This direct-to-disc release, recorded in the church sanctuary of Blue Heaven
Studios, is so fresh and pure... Talk about up to audiophile standards! The
immediacy, the dynamics - slam and delicacy alike - are just so startlingly
real. There's nothing lost. It's positively lifelike.
Cutting engineer Kevin Gray, using Blue Heaven's Neumann VMS 70 lathe with an
Ortofon cutter head and amplifiers, and recording engineer Katsu Naito have made
available for your playback the closest thing possible to a live, in-person
performance. With direct-to-disc recording, the signal from the microphone is
transmitted directly to the cutter head, which then cuts the grooves into a raw
lacquer. There's no middleman. No tape. No tape hiss. No distortion or other
artifacts inherent in any other type of recording.
And the music? It's killer! The session was recorded the weekend of the 12th
annual Blues Masters at the Crossroads in October 2009.
One of the most exciting young blues players to emerge in quite some time,
Marquise Knox embodies the soul and essence of a seasoned veteran, with a
command of guitar, harmonica, vocals, songwriting and showmanship that belie his
18 years of age.
From St. Louis, Knox grew up listening to B.B. King, Lightnin' Hopkins, Muddy
Waters, John Lee Hooker and Albert King, and, despite the neighborhood
influences of his peers, has yet to stray from deep-rooted traditional blues.
He's already performed with legends like Henry Townsend, Honeyboy Edwards,
Robert Lockwood Jr., Bob Margolin, Willie "Big Eyes" Smith, Louisiana Red, Lazy
Lester and Sam Lay.
And he's an original. The original songs recorded here were written by Knox
literally within a day of this recording.
Knox has performed on the past three Blues Masters at the Crossroads bills. As
the youngest performer on lineups chock full of legends, he's still prevailed as
one of each year's most obvious favorites.
Now 18 years old, this is an inner-city kid who somehow has decided to become a
dead-serious bluesman of the old-school variety. That just doesn't happen
anymore. Marquise Knox is a certified throwback.
• Direct To Disc (D2D)
• 180g Vinyl
• Pressed at Quality Record Pressings
1. High Class Woman
2. Ten To Yo Business
3. Through The Pain
4. You Better Pray
5. Last Letter Home
6. Mr. Charlie