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Live At The Blue Note - New York

by Big Gilson

Contemporary Electric Blues Styles that incorporate Muddy Waters to Clapton and Stevie Ray with Little Walter and George Smith.
Genre: Blues: Electric Blues
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1. Tribute to Roy Buchanan
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2. Cab Driver Blues
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3. Ghreen's Boogie
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4. Blue and Lonesome
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5. I Got to Go
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6. Messiah Will Come Again
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7. Shake Your Moneymaker
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8. Judgment Day
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9. Hey Doc
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10. Drivin' Wheel
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Album Notes
"...When I see such a young man so far from America, playing the blues so well, I feel happy and proud that my mission in this life is done"
B.B. King - Dec. /98

"...Guitarist Big Gilson is poised to put Rio de Janeiro on the blues map. With the growling slide playing, and after seeing him live, you'll know that this is some hot bluesman. Not hot Brazilian bluesman, mind you, but hot bluesman period. This boy may hail from Rio, but he plays like he was born and raised in South Oak Cliff, and there is no higher testament a native Texan and lifelong blues freak can give.
John Nova Lomax - Music Independent Magazine, Houston-Texas.

"...The United States birthplace and home of the Blues has been invaded again by another bona fide "Blues Man" from a foreign shore: "Blues Man," not just a player of blues but a musician who demonstrates through his interpretation and musicianship that blues courses through his veins with every beat of his heart. This is a very solid project. Recorded live at the "Blue Note" in New York this project has none of the problems one typically associates with live recordings: It is clear, clean and balanced.

Picking a favorite from this ten-track project is difficult as I found something I liked in each track..."

The Delta Snake, by Michael Roberts

"...His slide playing is disturbingly vituosic..." - Tim Schuller - MET MUSIC - Texas - Dez. 99
..."This CD confirms Big Gilson as the best Brazilian blues guitarist" Jornal do Brasil - March / 99

"...Excellent guitar solos full of feelings and powerful slide playing. He's vibrato is super cool..." Guitar Player Magazine - February / 99

"... Good guitar work and nice slide..." Bruce Iglauer - Alligator Records - 96

"... Big Gilson was performing with great skills and feeling..." Héctor Alvarez Castillo - Diario Falseado, Buenos Aires, - Argentina - 2000

"...The crowd got crazy with the talent of this Brazilian guitarist, who had to sign lot of autographs after the show..." Mario Alomar - Diario Hoy En La Noticia - La Plata -Argentina - 2000

"...The king of the slide guitar..." A Tarde- Salvador, Bahia - 2001

"...Big Gilson is an excellent guitarist as well as a splendid slide guitarist and a fine song writer in addition. He plays a scorching electric slide. The live set contains great Big Gilson originals like "Cab Driver blues", "Hey Doc" featuring some vintage Big Gilson stinging slide guitar and very excellent instrumental "Tribute to Roy Buchanan". There is at times a "jam" feel to the recording, other times the band is very tight and solid. Either way, Gilson's guitar stays focused at the very center, though at times he is more than willing to share the spotlight with others of the musicians and vocalists.
Watch for great things to come in the future from this very fine artist..." Tom Branson (Bluesrockers)

"...You can't confine an artistic idiom, or creative spirit. Blues, the quintessential music form of the USA, reached across continents and seized Brazilian singer/guitarist Big Gilson. This CD features Gilson tearing it up at New York's hallowed Blue Note. He's backed by the Solid Senders, fronted by Washington D.C. harmonicist Bruce Ewan. You hear here is Gilson full-strength, with all the edge and immediacy the Blue Note audience experienced. Live at the Blue Note takes the listener through several phases. There's the funky beat and acidy slide of Gilson's trademark "Cab Driver Blues". There's Chicago-style blues on "Blue and Lonesome" and "I Got To Go", Little Walter tunes on which Ewan sings and blows harp. Ewan's pal Bobby Radcliff guests on the rockin' standard "Shake Your Moneymaker". Gilson's own "Hey Doc" is an aggressive shuffle with lengthy statements from Gilson and Ewan, the former offering seven full choruses of hot slidework.

On the first five he cooks, on the sixth and seventh, he's positively on fire. Something of a surprise is "Tribute to Roy Buchanan". His l'hommage to Buchanan is a high point of this heady, lively CD. The music's good and so is the message. This is cross-culturalism of an inspiring form. A workingman's musical form from the USA found its way to South America where it was embraced by a dedicated, open-minded musician, who honed his skills in the face of naysayers, and presently enjoys respect from blues communities in two nations. In other words, barriers ceased to be, as art, artist, and folk met on an agreeable common ground. If we could accomplish such melding in other matters in this geopolitical era, we would be on far firmer ground as a species..."

Tim Schuller - Dallas, Texas

Tim Schuller edited Music Hound Blues: The Essential Album Companion (Schirmer '02), and has written for Blues Access, Living Blues, Downbeat, the Dallas Observer, and other publications.


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This is what I call blues !!!
This boy from South America tears it up on this live performance. The DC based band of the harpist Bruce Ewan gave him support to brake it down.

Blues in Britain

A great CD, obviously a great night.
Big Gilson comes from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and has been playing the Blues and producing ten albums over there. Now we get to see and hear him in the UK.
The album as it suggests from the title was recorded at the Blue Note in New York, and rather than using his regular Brazilian band - Rio Dynamite - he's on stage with Bruce Ewan (harmonica) and the Solid Senders. A guest guitarist arrives for one number as well.
The album starts off with a "Tribute To Roy Buchanan" and an introduction to the band, before going into one of his own compositions "Cab Driver Blues", followed by "Ghreen's Boogie" co-written with Al Ghreen. The sound is tight and sharp. The album has ten tracks, four written by Gilson and Ghreen. Big Gilson takes the vocals on five of them and Bruce Ewan on three. The two instrumentals are both Roy Buchanan related with a great cover of "Messiah Will Come again" complete with "crying" guitar, appearing as track six in addition to the opening track. One of Big Gilson's great loves is the work of Little Walter Jacobs, this CD contains a deliciously slow "Blue and Lonesome" with some excellent laid back guitar and of course harmonica from Bruce. The second track is the up-tempo "I Got To Go". Bobby Radcliff joins the band on guitar for Elmore James' "Shake Your Moneymaker" and well worth it is too. The harmonica of Bruce Ewan leads into a steady beat version of "Judgement Day" (Snooky Pryor) with Bruce on vocals. It's slide guitar to the fore on "Hey Doc". The Album, and the evening ends with a nine minute version of Elmore James' "Drivin' Wheel"
A great CD, giving us the chance to hear what was obviously a great night. Big Gilson tours the UK with Blues Dynamite in March, April and May - worth catching.
Rated 9

The Eclectic Mystic

Better than I expected!! Soilid and tight!
I started off with his cd (Cab Driver Blues) I wasn't sure how this was going to compare. They are two different cd's entirely. Different material and different musicians, if you love the blues you won't be dissapointed here!
I'm ordering his other two today. Thank you Big Gilson and friends.

James Mathy

Pleased with the cd. Will be buying more soon. Thank You.


This show should be well worth catching.
Big Gilson, the Brazilian Bluesman has released a prolific number of CDs in his home country and paid his dues over the last 14 years gigging both at home and in Argentina, the US and Europe during the course of which he has opened for Stevie Winwood, Johnny Rivers and BB King. Now, TopCat Records, the home of Texas Blues, releases this live collection recorded at the famed Blue Note in New York back in 2000. This CD sees Big supported by harmonica player & vocalist Bruce Ewan with the Solid Senders (Marty Baumann on guitar, Steve Shaw on bass and Bob Berberich on drums).

Being a live CD, many of the 10 tracks are lengthy which means that there is far greater freedom in the songs and the interpretation and which, for me, adds to the enjoyment. There is a nice mix of material with Big’s own songs sitting very well alongside some great covers including Little Walter’s ‘Blue & Lonesome’ and ‘I Got to Go’, both of which give Bruce a chance to dazzle with some great down & dirty harp playing, Roy Buchanan’s ‘Messiah Will Come Again’, a great guitar led track and the aforementioned Elmore James classic ‘Shake Your Moneymaker’ which features some really excellent playing from guest guitarist Bobby Radcliff.

Big pays his personal tribute to Roy Buchanan with the opening track, a nice guitar led instrumental entitled ‘Tribute to Roy Buchanan’ and follows this with two more originals, ‘Cab Driver Blues’, a nice guitar and harp fest, and the up tempo ‘Ghreen’s Boogie’ which all the contributors really appear to enjoy!

The final track is a great 9 minute epic take on ‘Drivin’ Wheel’ and serves to round off this excellent CD in fine fashion, all in all a very enjoyable record ofwhat sounds as if it was a great evening.