Colin James Blues Trio
With his recently released 19th album, Miles to Go, Colin James is getting back to the blues.
Wait a minute, you ask: hasn't Colin James always played the blues?
Well, yes, but back when he was signed to his first record deal in 1988, his producer--who'd worked with Ray Charles and Derek and the Dominoes--explicitly told him not to play any blues, because the label expected a pop hit. When James later made one of the biggest albums of his career--1993's Colin James and the Little Big Band, released years before the so-called "swing revival"--his label hated it, as did critics and many fans before it went on to go triple platinum in Canada!
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