ONE WAY Recommends [Issue
#5] Martin Scorsese By
Martin Scorses Presents The Blues: The Soul Of A Man
Cave, Lou Reed, The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Los Lobos, and
Beck all together. Is it the next Lollapalooza lineup? Nope . .
. These artists are all part of a blues album done with the blessing
of Martin Scorsese. Huh? Long story short, the great director has
gathered together six other directors (and himself) to each produce
a film about the blues for a PBS series. The Soul Of A Man is from
Wim Wender's film of the same title. The film profiles the lives
of three bluesmen (Skip James, Blind Willie Johnson, and J.B. Lenoir)
and this fantastic CD is made up of covers of their tunes. Cassandra
Wilson's Mississippi smokehouse of a voice puts you right in the
juke joint with her version of J.B. Lenoir's "Vietnam Blues."
Blind Willie himself sings the title track in a haunting 1930 recording,
and T-Bone Burnett takes on "Don't Dog Your Woman" with
two tubas and a euphonium in the band! Bonnie Raitt, Lucinda Williams,
John Mayall, and all the rest help to make this album a definite
"must-have." Got Blues?