Genial piano player Otis Spann had been a key member of Muddy Waters’ band. In addition to a version of ‘Got My Mojo Working’, his Sweet Giant Of The Blues album was largely made up of Spann’s own songs.
Genial piano player Otis Spann had been a key member of Muddy Waters’ band. Born in Jackson, Mississippi, Spann moved to Chicago in the mid-40s, working as a plasterer by day and immersing himself in the city’s vibrant music scene by night. His playing was as fine as ever and his voice was in good form. Unfortunately, his health had been compromised by years of alcohol abuse and he died a few months later aged just 40.
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Otis Spann was discovered by a white audience in the latter part of the 1950s In the year and a half until his untimely death in 1970 he made several albums, including Sweet Giant Of The Blues produced by Bob Thiele.
Otis Spann was discovered by a white audience in the latter part of the 1950s. As Muddy Waters' pianist and de facto band leader he appeared on many of his greatest recordings including Got My Mojo Working and I Just Wanna Make Love To You. He accompanied Muddy on tour in the UK in 1958 and at the Newport Folk Festival. In the year and a half until his untimely death in 1970 he made several albums, including Sweet Giant Of The Blues produced by Bob Thiele. Teamed with some top-level West Coast session musicians, the set contains some well-placed revivals such as Got My Mojo Working but was mainly a showcase for some fantastic Spann originals.
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Otis Spann -02- Sellin' My Thing. Moon Blues" is a song highlighted with fuzz guitar leads and a '70s sound. The funky "I'm a Dues Payin' Man" is a refreshing change of pace on the album, while "Bird in a Cage" is a soulful instrumental. mp3 (1. MB). Otis Spann -03- Moon Blues. Coming through as the standout track, "Bird in a Cage" reaffirms blues musicians as some of the best players in music. The track showcases Ray Charles-esque piano playing and blues saxophone - which takes away from the song by adding a '70s feel to the recording.
Sweet Giant of the Blues is a solid record. Otis Spann's Delta-inspired voice shines over the group, which sounds very tight, and much like the Chess sessionmen. Seemingly more accidental than intentional, the production is clean and separated. Yet it has a roomy quality that highlights the superb musicianship here. The set starts out with a fast and furious version of "Got My Mojo Workin'.
+ 1. Got My Mojo Working 2. Sellin' My Thing 3. Moon Blues 4. I'm A Dues Paying Man 5. . I Wonder Why 6. Bird In A Cage 7. Hey Baby 8. Make A Way.
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OTIS SPANN SWEET GIANT OF THE BLUES
Label: Flying Dutchman Productions
Released:13 Aug 1969
1. Got My Mojo Working 3:01
2. Sellin' My Thing 7:22
3. Moon Blues 4:25
4. I'm A Dues Payin' Man 3:05
5. I Wonder Why 4:21
6. Bird In A Cage 6:05
7. Hey Baby 5:37
8. Make A Way 4:23
Banjo - Mike Anthony
Bass - Max Bennett
Drums - Paul Humphrey
Flute - Tom Scott
Guitar - Louie Shelton , Mike Anthony
Piano - Otis Spann
Saxophone [Tenor] - Tom Scott