Palm Door on Sixth
"...Etta James died on Friday, January 20, from various health complications, five days shy of her 74th birthday. James' full-bodied R&B sound was one of Chess Records' enduring legacies...."
"...As the song goes, “The blues had a baby, and they named it rock & roll.” But long before that famous birth came the courtship, conception, and gestation – processes that worked on timetables unconnected to human biology. Cadillac Records is a music portrait that looks at one of those primary musical wombs – postwar Chicago and the musicians who gravitated there, such as Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, Little Walter, Chuck Berry, and Etta James, and the Chess Records label, which recorded and promoted so much of their work..."
"...Watching it, I felt like Claudius at the opening-night performance of The Mousetrap – Give me some light! – and entertained a similar notion of stomping out of the theatre. But no one ever said being a film critic would be a bowl of chocolate ice cream, so I toughed it out (with help from the film’s soundtrack, a collection of blues originals performed by legends like Etta James, Aaron Neville, and B.B..."
"...Etta JamesThe Chess Box (MCA/Chess) Johnny Otis hired 16-year-old Jamesetta Hawkins as a singer in 1954 after she lied about her age and forged her mother's signature for permission to tour. Within a year, her self-penned "answer song" to Hank Ballard & the Midnighters' "Work With Me Annie" was the bawdy "Roll With Me Henry" and hit the R&B charts, even though a sanitized "Dance With Me Henry" by Georgia Gibbs achieved greater popularity..."
"...A Hammond B3 goes from simmer to slow boil in the background, while a bawdy singer moans "Rebecca, Rebecca, get them big legs offa me." Floating on top of the whole mix are four, count 'em, four, trumpets, which never overpower the other elements. It's not like the octave-stretching lineups of Tower of Power or James (Brown) and the Famous Flames..."
"...Switching gears to the harp, Chicago Blues Master, Vol. 3 finds Windy City-style harp players James Cotton, George "Harmonica" Smith, and Shakey Jake recording out in L.A..."
"...What if Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid hadn't died at the end of George Roy Hill's genre-redefining 1969 classic, but instead lived on – one of them, anyway – in the Bolivian backcountry? That's the intriguing and grittily realized premise of Mateo Gil's film, an elegiac take on the great American Western that sees Butch living to a ripe old age (under the alias James Blackthorn), smoking cheroots and horse-ranching his way to a potentially far more peaceful ending than the fusillade of Bolivian army lead envisioned by Hill and history...."
"...Etta JamesAustin Music Hall, April 24..."
"...Rage to Survive by Etta James and David Ritz Da Capo Press, $14.95 hard..."
"...Etta JamesLive at Montreux 1993 (Eagle Rock)..."
"...The choices are exacting. Where Jones might have emphasized Etta James, he chooses instead the gutsy Ida Cox...."
"...Etta James is wailing. From a scratchy vinyl 45 comes her voice, anguished and rough, describing how it felt to watch her one and only walk down the aisle with another woman..."
"...TF: And, of course, the James Brown cape routine and the heavy Purple Rain vibe. That’s a fair criticism, but it all works for me..."
"...The Wideman/Davis company had the middle spot on the program and showed the most technically secure and mature work in pieces by co-choreographers and dancers Thaddeus Davis and Tanya Wideman-Davis. A love-hate duet to songs by Etta James and James Brown, "James and Etta," was a crowd-pleaser that also had enough choreographic freshness – and its dancers enough technical prowess – to please serious dance-goers...."
"...Berkeley-reared by Greek immigrants, his father Johnny Otis – christened Ioannis Alexandres Veliotes – became an R&B star, TV host, deejay, bandleader, and producer for Etta James, Little Richard, Big Mama Thornton, and more...."
"...The lovingly assembled career retrospective crowns her the capital's Queen of the Blues by virtue of tremendous lung-power, the vocal equivalent of a Fifties blues guitarist screaming through a busted amp. Inhabiting every song, she's pulled straight from the DNA of Etta James, Big Mama Thornton, and Wanda Jackson, and stood before some of the greatest acts of late 20th century blues: Fabulous Thunderbirds, Roomful of Blues, and Triple Threat, which became Double Trouble shortly before Barton left it to guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan..."
"...Chuck Brown, Dave Brubeck, Don Cornelius, Donald "Duck" Dunn, Etta James, Adam "MCA" Yauch (Fawcett)..."
"...Let Me Off Uptown (Columbia/Legacy) Doris Day & Harry James..."