The paul butterfield blues band
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Paul ButterfieldButterfield actuando en la reunión de Woodstock de 1979Información generalNombre de nacimientoPaul Vaughn ButterfieldNacido(1942-12-17)el 17 de diciembre de 1942Chicago, Illinois, EE.UU.Fallecido el 4 de mayo de 1987(1987-05-04) (a los 44 años)North Hollywood, CaliforniaGéneros
Paul Vaughn Butterfield (17 de diciembre de 1942 – 4 de mayo de 1987) fue un músico de blues, cantante y líder de banda estadounidense. Tras una formación temprana como flautista clásico, se interesó por la armónica de blues. Exploró la escena del blues en su Chicago natal, donde conoció a Muddy Waters y a otros grandes del blues, que le animaron y le dieron la oportunidad de participar en jam sessions. Pronto empezó a actuar con sus compañeros entusiastas del blues Nick Gravenites y Elvin Bishop.
En 1963, formó la Paul Butterfield Blues Band, que grabó varios álbumes de éxito y fue popular en el circuito de conciertos y festivales de finales de los 60, con actuaciones en el Fillmore West, en San Francisco; el Fillmore East, en Nueva York; el Monterey Pop Festival; y Woodstock. La banda era conocida por combinar el blues eléctrico de Chicago con una urgencia rockera y por sus actuaciones y grabaciones pioneras de jazz fusión. Tras la disolución del grupo en 1971, Butterfield siguió haciendo giras y grabando con la banda Paul Butterfield’s Better Days, con su mentor Muddy Waters y con miembros del grupo de rock de raíces The Band. Mientras seguía grabando y actuando, Butterfield murió en 1987 a los 44 años de una sobredosis accidental de drogas.
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The Paul Butterfield Blues Band was one of Bill Graham’s favorite groups. They performed many times at the Fillmore and were a reference for bands such as Grateful Dead, Quicksilver, Jefferson Airplane and others.
The recording contains several performances of The Paul Butterfield Blues Band in the decade of the 60s. The first of them corresponds to October 14, 1966 at the Fillmore West. The setlist is made up of classic blues songs such as «Shake Your Money Maker» or «The Sky Is Crying» by Elmore James, «Oh, Pretty Woman» (R. Orbison). Among the own songs, «East West» stands out, a little more than 18 minutes of good blues rock by three masters Butterfield, Bloomfield and Bishop.
Some would say it was a rock band. Yes, but they played such deep and intense blues that to classify them in another genre to discredit or belittle them is meaningless. They were pioneers, transformers and very respectful of their masters.
The whole album is crossed by that sixties resonance. As a metaphor of the era and of the «East-West», while they were playing their raw and visceral blues in Boston, on the other coast, in the city of Los Angeles, Brian Wilson and the Beach Boys were recording Pet Sounds, one of the revolutionary LP’s of that decade. To a large extent, American rock was beginning to be revalued after the success of the English invasions.
Very good note Martin. I discovered them in the soundtrack of «The Blues Brothers 2000» with «Born in Chicago» and I got to know them thanks to the documentary «Godfathers and Sons» (Marc Levin). They are one of the first multi-racial bands, along with Booker T & the Mg’s. Maybe because they were Chicago natives, their sound is more genuine than the British blues rock, which happened at the same time. They didn’t imitate black blues, they found their own sound. For me, they are heroes. Thank you!
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Legend has it that, in 1964, Paul Rothchild (producer among others of The Doors) traveled to Chicago to see some blues, and in one night, he made two great discoveries. He met The Paul Butterfield Blues Band (TPBBB), and elsewhere in Chicago he heard guitarist Mike Bloomfield. No wonder producers know so much… Rotchild came up with the idea of crossing the best white guitarist he had ever seen in the city with the best blues band. And thus was born the strongest and freshest lineup in blues up to that time: Paul Butterfield (harmonica and vocals), Mike Bloomfield and Elvin Bishop (guitars), Jerome Arnold (bass) and Sam Lay (drums).
By the time Rotchild had worked his magic, the quartet had their recently completed album. Butterfield and Bishop complemented Arnold and Lay (bass and drums were part of Howlin’ Wolf’s band) very well, but thanks to Rothchild’s vision, they were joined by Bloomfield and organist Mark Naftalin on some tracks. The album was finally released in October ’65.