From The Archives Of Something Blue 2023-08-13
Thanks Marty, today we’re going to play an original blues featuring Ronnie Coletta and Joe Lee.
“Joe Lee Swings On” was my second album project with Joe Lee. It’s a jazz album with all the songs except one recorded in the studio. So I came into the project with the tracks already mastered to tape. I digitized the audio tape mixes to my computer and then I mastered the tracks for the album. Vivian and I also did the liner artwork and Vivian wrote the blurb.
She said, “Papa Joe really knows how to put it together.” Swings On” is an example of a pro at work. Featuring four Joe Lee originals and tight renditions of Jazz classics it will be as listenable ten years from now as it is today.”
This has proved to be the case.
We worked with Joe every step of the way. He approved the artwork and provided the cover photo. The photo on the back of the album was taken at Blues Fest with Joe wearing his blue dashiki. I’ll include the artwork on the Something Blue website at sbblues.com.
Joe liked the album so much that he gave me coproduction credits, a real feather in my cap. Joe produced records with Scotty Moore and I produced records with Joe.
One of Joe’s original songs on the album, “Winter Blues”, features Joe Lee on flute; Ben Brogdon, bass; Ronnie Coletta, guitar, and Mike Overall, drums. All of these musicians were regular session players at Alley Records with deep Arkansas roots.
Joe just loved Ronnie Coletta’s guitar work comparing him to Wes Montgomery. In many ways Ronnie’s smooth rhythm parts and stellar leads define the album. “Winter Blues” is a flute feature. Joe’s flute work is second to none.
Ok now, recorded right here in Jonesboro at Alley Records here’s Joe Lee playing “Winter Blues”.
And that’s Joe Lee playing flute on his own composition, “Winter Blues”. Don’t miss Something Blue, Saturday night at 10:00, to hear more Joe Lee, Soulive, and Will Bernard.
And that’s Joe Lee playing flute on his own composition, “Winter Blues”. Don’t miss Something Blue, tonight at 10:00, to hear more Joe Lee, Soulive, and Will Bernard.
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This is Hairy Larry inviting you to enjoy Something Blue every Saturday night at ten. This week we’re featuring Soulive, Joe Lee, and Will Bernard. For more about the show visit the Something Blue website at sbblues.com.
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