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Buddy Guy's "Cognac": Trading Solos With Jeff Beck, Keith Richards
On June 6 blues master guitarist Buddy Guy released the third sip from his upcoming album, The Blues Is Alive And Well, which is expected on June 15. He joined his expressive gifts with colleagues Jeff Beck and Keith Richards for a spell-binding dip into the blues.
"Let's play some blues while we all take a little nip," is Guy's recommendation on the five-minute-plus track "Cognac," which adds a call out to Muddy Waters to join in from guitar heaven. "I'm only playing what I know," says Guy as he calls Richards and Beck in and out, with their distinctive styles and sounds. It all equals a feast for the guitar-listening senses.
The tracklist for Guy's forthcoming LP was revealed last month and also features a collaboration with Richards' bandmate Mick Jagger as well as recent Best New Artist GRAMMY nominee James Bay. Bay's second album, Electric Light, was released in May, and his "Blue No More" collaboration with Guy was released on May 30, with the newcomer more than holding his own.
If "Cognac" and "Blue No More" are any indication, fans are in for a treat with Guy's upcoming album. Indeed, it would seem The Blues Is Alive And Well.