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Calvin Owens - True Blue

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Many would consider blues music to be guitar or piano based, probably due to the fact that most masters of blues play those instruments. This is not the case with Calvin Owens, who plays some wicked blues and deserves to be called a "master," though his instrument is the trumpet. The fine folks at Sawdust Alley Records have recently issued Calvin's first solo effort, and it certainly deserves your attention. The CD has a fine line-up of special guest stars, including B.B. King, Johnny Copeland and David "Fat Head" Newman. Since most of the recording was done in Europe, the orchestra is chock-full of splendid young European musicians who perform skillfully under Owens' tutelage.

1.   True Blue

2.   Hot Burning Fever

3.   Don't You Want A Man Like Me

4.   Texas Stomp

5.   Sitting Here

6.   Sweet Meat

7.   Cherry Red

8.   Woke Up Screaming

9.   Lick or Split

10. Deviation

11. Don't You Want A Woman Like Me

12. Dreams Come True

13. True Blue

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Calvin Owens - True Blue (04:22)
The line between styles of music often gets blurred beyond the point of usefulness. So, what kind of record is this release from trumpeter Calvin Owens? Blues? With people like B.B. King (Owens' former boss) & Johnny Copeland dropping by, absolutely. Jump-swing? Sure, the trendy folks certainly can wiggle to the fast tracks. Jazz? Look out when David "Fat Head" Newman or Shelley Carroll make an appearance. Everyone can dig this record. Warning: Only the most brutal lead trumpet players need apply for this gig---this is one rough assignment! Owens was best known for two periods of work as bandleader for blues legend B.B. King, one of which resulted in a Grammy. Locally, he was a major session player at the Peacock Recording Co. during its golden era in the 1950s. Owens was a fixture on Houston stages for 50 years. He also lived and worked in Europe for 12 years. Nicknamed "the Maestro," Owens was a restless stylist who didn't limit himself to one genre. "He was a visionary," said country musician Johnny Bush, who worked with Owens on two albums during the past two years. "He saw more in music than just blues or jazz." Owens told Roger Wood, author of the blues book Down in Houston, "Jazz and blues are the same to me. People think of the trumpet as being a jazz instrument, and it is. But it's blues, too. So even when I do jazz, it's still the blues. I like to just think of myself as a musician."
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Sawdust Alley Records
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4-Page/Panel 4/1 Professionally Printed
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1-Color Ink on Silver Disc
Standard Jewel Case with Black Tray & Shrink-Wrap
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