Blues The best music site on the web there is where you can read about and listen to blues, jazz, classical music and much more. This is your ultimate music resource. Tons of albums can be found within. http://www.theblues-thatjazz.com/en/blues/2946.html Sun, 02 Oct 2022 05:02:24 +0000 Joomla! 1.5 - Open Source Content Management en-gb Mojo Buford - Still Blowin' Strong (1996) http://www.theblues-thatjazz.com/en/blues/2946-mojo-buford/22499-mojo-buford-still-blowin-strong-1996.html http://www.theblues-thatjazz.com/en/blues/2946-mojo-buford/22499-mojo-buford-still-blowin-strong-1996.html Mojo Buford - Still Blowin' Strong (1996)

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1 	Devil's Love 	4:31
2 	Married Woman Blues		3:06
3 	Lonesome Highway 	4:50
4 	Harp Blast 	2:59
5 	Don't Say I Don't Love You	4:29
6 	Walkin' Down Beale Street 	5:30
7 	Apple On A Tree 	5:37
8 	Overplayed And Underpaid 	4:11
9 	I Found Me A Bird Nest 		6:30
10 	That Ain't The Way You Do It	3:48
11 	In My Younger Days	6:34
12 	Hand Me That Piano 	2:35
13 	You Know I Love You	4:20
14 	Lena 	5:41

George "Mojo" Buford – vocals, harmonica
Dave "Cool Breeze" Brown – guitar
Bruce Pedalty – piano
Billy Black – acoustic bass
Marty Bryduck - drums

 

I have all his CDs and this one is my favorite! Until I saw two videos of MoJo on a concert DVD called "Muddy Waters and the Rolling Stones at the Checkerboard Lounge 1981" and "Muddy Waters at the Chicago Blues Fest 1981", I didn't even know who MoJo was. I think he is the best Blues Harp player EVER. He puts his heart and soul into his playing and makes that harp "talk". ---Nancy Freeman, amazon.com

 

A native of Hernando, Miss., Buford moved to Chicago around 1953 and wound up joining Waters' band a few years later as a stand-in for Cotton -- not long after famed harpist Little Walter had left the same post to launch his own career. Buford played with Waters off and on until Waters' death in 1983, including gigs with the Rolling Stones in England and with many of the legendary San Francisco bands at the Fillmore in the late 1960s.

After a Waters gig in 1963 at the Loon nightclub in south Minneapolis, the harp blower decided to make the Twin Cities his home and tried his hand at a solo career, issuing several of his own records. His last local gig was in June at the Famous Dave's Blues Fest in downtown Minneapolis.

Buford spent the past decade living in a senior care center in north Minneapolis, where he gave this account in 2002 of how he was recruited by Waters, whom he always referred to as "Muddy Waters" (full name, never abbreviated):

"I was out in the street drinking wine with his band. You know, we had a gallon of wine and was passing it around, and [pianist] Otis Spann said, 'Come on, Muddy Waters is just a man like you and me.' And so he brought me in and told him I was a harmonica player. Muddy Waters said, 'You don't say.' We were together from then until he died." ---startribune.com

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Mojo Buford - State Of The Blues Harp (1998) http://www.theblues-thatjazz.com/en/blues/2946-mojo-buford/22431-mojo-buford-state-of-the-blues-harp-1998.html http://www.theblues-thatjazz.com/en/blues/2946-mojo-buford/22431-mojo-buford-state-of-the-blues-harp-1998.html Mojo Buford - State Of The Blues Harp (1998)

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1 	Picking Rags 	
2 	Groundhog Blues 	
3 	Mo's Stroll 	
4 	Jealous Of My Baby 	
5 	I'm A Bluesman 	
6 	I Wanna Know 	
7 	Jack Potato Boogie 	
8 	Come Home Baby 	
9 	Big Leg Woman 	
10 	Watch Dog 	
11 	Jealous Of My Baby 	
12 	Mo's Stroll 	
13 	Deap Sea Diver 	
14 	Picking Rags

Bass – Bernice Cartwright
Drums – Geoff Nichols
Guitar – Richard Studholme
Harmonica, Vocals – Mojo Buford
Piano – Jack Hills

 

In the past, I have reviewed some of the CD's performed by former members of the Muddy Water's band including, Pinetop Perkins, Willie "Big Eyes" Smith, Bob Margolin and Jerry Portnoy. Harpist Mojo Buford is another former member of that band.

This CD was originally released in 1989 and was re-released with 4 additional tracks by JSP in 1998. Buford is joined on this CD with JSP session musicians Richard Studholme-guitar, Geoff Nichols-drums, Jack Hill-piano, and Bernice Lartwright-bass. Buford's harp playing is sharp and his vocals are reminiscent of the old delta blues performed by the Muddy Water's band.

The lyrics are often witty and somewhat humorous with warnings to big leg women to keep their dress tail down on "Big Leg Woman" to his declaration that he has found a new way of loving his woman on "Deep Sea Diver".

The liner notes indicate that Buford has essentially disappeared after this 1989 release and has not been heard of since. This is not the case. In actuality, Buford has released at least four other CD's on Blue Loon Records all of which are also recommended. ---deepbluereview, amazon.com

 

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Mojo Buford - Champagne & Reefer (1999) http://www.theblues-thatjazz.com/en/blues/2946-mojo-buford/10846-mojo-buford-champagne-a-reefer-1999.html http://www.theblues-thatjazz.com/en/blues/2946-mojo-buford/10846-mojo-buford-champagne-a-reefer-1999.html Mojo Buford - Champagne & Reefer (1999)

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01. Champagne & Reefer. 4:36			play
02. Introduction By Bob Margolin. 1:02
03. Blow Wind Blow. 4:56
04. Long Distance Call. 4:14
05. Rollin' And Tumblin'. 3:24
06. Wee Wee Baby. 4:54
07. Birdnest On The Ground. 5:43
08. Don't Go No Further. 2:46
09. My Own Fault Darling. 6:09
10. You're Gonna Drive Me Away. 7:24
11. Honey Bee. 4:08
12. Nine Below Zero. 3:22			play
13. Big Leg Woman. 4:03

Personnel:
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George "Mojo" Buford (vocals, harmonica)
Bob Margolin, Johnny Rapp (guitar)
Paul Thomas (bass)
Chico Chism (drums)

 

If you don't know Mojo Buford, you are in for a real treat. Mojo, of course, was one of the standout harp players for Muddy Water's and, on this set, he is joined by fellow Waters band member, Bob Margolin on guitar as well as Phoenix-based musicians, Chico Chism on drums, Paul Thomas on bass and Johnny Rapp on rhythm guitar.

As is all too often the case with blues musicians, their music is better known overseas than in the States. Hopefully, this CD will change that. As you can imagine, with Margolin on guitar, the set list takes a page out of Muddy's play book and, while there is really nothing new here, Mojo's performance on harp and his Jimmy Roger's like vocals are outstanding. If you like what you hear on this disc, work backwards from here. The quality on all of this musicians work is always first rate. --- deepbluereview "deepbluereview" (Sacramento, California USA)

 

George "Mojo" Buford (November 10, 1929 – October 11, 2011) was an American blues harmonica player, best known for his work in Muddy Waters' band. Buford relocated from Hernando, Mississippi to Memphis, Tennessee in his youth, where he studied the blues. He relocated to Chicago in 1952, forming the Savage Boys that eventually became known as the Muddy Waters, Jr. Band. They substituted for Muddy Waters at local nightclubs whilst he was touring.

Buford first played in Muddy Waters' backing band in 1959, replacing Little Walter, but in 1962 moved to Minneapolis to front his own band, and record albums. It was in Minneapolis that Buford gained his nickname "Mojo", because of the audiences requesting him to perform his cover version of "Got My Mojo Working." Buford returned to Muddy Waters' combo in 1967 for a year when he replaced James Cotton. He had a longer tenure with Muddy Waters in the early 1970s, and returned for the final time after Jerry Portnoy departed to form The Legendary Blues Band.

He also recorded for the Mr. Blues label (later re-issued on Rooster Blues) and the British JSP label. Buford died on October 11, 2011, in Minneapolis, after a long hospitalization. He was 81.

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