Just Don't Understand

Just Don't Understand

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Just Don’t Understand captures a night in the lives of six talented blues musicians, conversely freely in the language of the blues. Leading the proceedings is Big Creek Slim, possessing a booming voice of rugged texture that demands a listener’s attention. Big Creek Slim goes where the music takes him, and it requires dedicated, experienced (and courageous) musicians to go there with him. Joining him on this night is the Tomi Leino Trio, featuring Leino on guitar, Jaska Prepula on bass and Mikko Peltola on drums. Troels Jensen contributes piano and vocals (dig the after-hours vibe of the Jensen original, “I Keep Drinking”) and Peter Nande adds harmonica and vocals. Recorded before 200 enthusiastic fans at Rampelys in Silkeborg, Denmark, Just Don’t Understand transports listeners from pre-WWII country blues (which feature a dialect all their own) through to ‘50s/’60s electric blues. The performers bring to life the music of artists as distant and disparate as Charley Patton, Muddy Waters, Bo Diddley and Magic Sam, and perform Big Creek Slim original tunes that evoke vintage Chicago blues (“Tumbleweeds,” “Done Somebody Wrong”) and slinky Caribbean rhythms (“Done Somebody Wrong”). A memorable night, indeed!

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