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Next Generation Blues

by Charles Mack

The album is a mixture of Blues, Funk, Soul and Rock, giving it a new sound. Blending the styles of Luther Allison, Jimmy Hendrix, Johnny "Guitar" Watson, and George Clinton, the CD leads the way to the next level of blues.
Genre: Blues: Funky Blues
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Movin'
3:37 $0.99
2. Tell Me
4:36 $0.99
3. Never Have To
6:39 $0.99
4. Katie's Alone
4:33 $0.99
5. Just Wanna
5:36 $0.99
6. I'm A Blues Man
4:24 $0.99
7. Rollin' Down
4:12 $0.99
8. Cry No More
7:47 $0.99
9. Little By Little
4:53 $0.99
10. Katie's Alone Unplugged
4:31 $0.99
11. Just Another Dream
3:55 $0.99
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The album is a mixture of Blues, Funk, Soul and Rock, giving it a new sound. Blending the styles of Luther Allison, Jimmy Hendrix, Seal, and George Clinton, the CD leads the way to the next level of blues.

"Keep your eyes open for this guy; you will be seeing a lot from him soon"
Dominique DESMONS, JFD Productions

"Jimmy Hendrix would have loved "Katie's Alone." It's incredibly soulful while possessing a blues rock sensibility that would have inspired one of his trademark psychedelic solos."
David Budge, Rooster Publicity

"I dug the bluesy guitar on "Katie's Alone" -- has a little of the Clapton or Gary Moore feel to it."
Randall Davis, CSC

Artist appearing on the "Next Generation Blues" album include Billy Branch, Maurice John Vaughn, Darek Jackson (formerly of Al Jareau and Kenny Loggins), Sumito-Ariyo Ariyoshi (Billy Branch Band), Mark Mack (Drummer for James Cotton and former member of Ko Ko Taylor's Blues Machine), Nigel Mack, Brian James (Lonnie Brooks Band), Brady Williams, Osee Anderson, Rob Blaine (Little Milton Band) and Roosevelt Purifoy (Carlos Johnson Band).

From classical and contemporary jazz to blues, R&B, and hip-hop, Charles's virtuosity transcends genres. As a professional bassist, Charles has performed with the Army and Navy Bands nationally and internationally in small ensembles, jazz trios, big bands, rock banks, and country groups. Charles's talents on the bass graduated him in the top 5% of the Navy School of music program. As a freelance musician, Charles has recorded with house music Diva Cee Cee Peniston, Farly Jackmaster Funk and George Jackson; shared the stage with the alternative rock group, Inflatable Soule, the rap group Cypres Hill, Blues and R&B artist Bobby Rush, Otis Rush, Bobby Bland, Jimmy Johnson, Otis Taylor, Shemekia Copeland, Ko Ko Taylor, Buddy Guy, Marcia Ball, Maria Muldaur and numerous jazz ensembles. Charles Mack served as permanent bassist for Chicago-based Contemporary Jazz artist Carlos Canon and toured with Dallas-based, Verve Records Blues/R&B artist Lucky Peterson. Charles also tours with Grammy Award winner James Cotton.



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Andy Grigg, Real Blues

‘Next Big Thing in Blues’

While we have been worried about the ‘future’ of Blues music in as much as it’s not too popular with younger African-Americans, the reality might be different if under-40 Blacks had a chance to at least hear Blues. But, as it’s completely removed from commercial radio and TV, only those who live in the remaining ‘hot beds’ get exposed to it and Chicago continues to surprise us with new artists who have picked up the torch. The Blues Tradition relies so heavily on established artists (those who remain) recruiting younger musicians from the Black community and there’s probably a couple of hundred Blues/R&B/Gospel musicians who got their musical training in the bands of B.B. King, Bobby Bland and Little Milton and Charles Mack and brother Mark got their ‘Living Tradition’ tutoring in James Cotton’s band. Mr. Cotton has a long history of having incredibly talented and tight young bands as there was a time (remember?) when James had to compete with 20-25 superb Chicago acts. Despite the near-extinction of Blues Clubs, James Cotton has been lucky enough, thanks to his Living Legend status, to maintain an ‘on-call’ band for festival and club gigs and with Charles Mack (bass) and Mark Mack (drums) the ‘take-no-prisoners’ rhythm section (a long-time Cotton tradition) has been maintained. Gigging with Cotton and Lucky Peterson as the bassist of choice, Charles conforms to the current music environment, i.e. musicians must be members of two or more bands in order to ensure constant employment and profile.
Charles has made some powerful and talented friends in and around Chicago and several of them contribute to this album. Just reading the promo sheet and seeing that Maurice Vaughn, Osee Anderson, Billy Branch and Roosevelt Purifoy, a.o., are participating told me that this would probably be an entertaining outing and this debut disc is definitely one of the Best independent releases to come out of Chicago in the last 5 years. Charles is one of the top young bassists on the scene today and the foundation that he got from his experiences and training with artists like Cotton and Peterson (timing, discipline, stage presence, etc.) translate into a well-executed and dynamic production. Like the majority of under-50 Black Blues artists, Mack’s music reflects genres-without-borders (R&B, Funk, Soul, Blues) and while some Blues purists ‘demand’ music that can be pigeon-holed into rigid categories we seem to forget that the application of genre categories to Black music is a White outsider thing that reflects our anal-retentive take on life. Saying that, let’s just say that Charles Mack’s CD will get labeled ‘Blues’, but more appropriately it’s Black Music that reflects all of his contemporary influences.
The opening track, “Movin”, is a fine choice for a first tune and it’s got a dance-friendly funky beat with superb wah-wah guitar and great keyboards from Purifoy. “Tell Me” is a fine Funk/Blues fusion with a really dynamic back-up vocal chorus. “Never Have To” is one of my favorites: a low-key, impassioned-plea tune that has a great Gospel feel thanks to spooky vocal chorus arrangements (Mack deserves mucho credit for putting a very strong emphasis on vocal arrangements throughout the CD). “Just Wanna” has a lot of potential for whatever Black radio remains in the U.S. while “I’m a Blues Man” will probably appeal to White Blues radio deejays/audiences. “Rollin Down” is a joyous romp with nice slide and just incredible vocal work! Charles Mack ain’t Little Milton and I’m sure he would be the first to admit it, but what he does with his voice and voices of all the backing vocalists is truly amazing and it’s obvious the man has a very creative/thinking mind in creating music. Billy Branch lends dancing harmonica to “Rollin’ Down” and then we get into a stone Chicago Blues (modern) with “Cry No More”, proving that he can get down when he wants to. Mark Mack’s drumming is magnificent on this tune with crashing cymbals and tom-tom adding such fire and passion to the song. A killer tune. Then we get Maurice John Vaughn making his entrance on “Little by Little” (the old Junior Wells theme song) and Charles and Maurice go to town. What started off as a ‘hybrid’ album sounds more and more like a Tough Blues album as we run through the material.
All in all, a really top-notch debut from Charles Mack thanks to a great combination of talent, world class vocal work and overwhelmingly great material. I’d be willing to bet Charles Mack will be one of our ‘Next Big Things in Blues’ as this disc reflects a very exceptional musical mind. 4 1/2 bottles for a refreshingly unique and dynamic Blues debut.

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I know you are gonna blow up! Tight music man! Keep on pushin.

Eric Thom

Mack has done a sensational job with this record....
Mack clearly idolizes the showmanlike punch of James Brown and George Clinton but NGB celebrates the funk and soul of The Isley’s and Maurice White's Earth Wind & Fire. At the same time he visits the rock of Hendrix and the pioneering spirit of Sly Stone. Funk, soul, blues and rock are the key ingredients in this high octane mix and Mack has done a sensational job with this record....

Vuyani Wakaba, Editor WWBS

With the opening song, Charles Mack throws down the musical gauntlet and serves
The Record:

The title of the cd is "Next Generation Blues". With the opening song, Charles Mack throws down the musical gauntlet and serves notice that he means business. The introduction to the first song is instantly captivating. It grooves in a sophisticated uptown and funky way. The quality of the musicianship is very high consistently over the full length of the disc.

Mack’s bass playing is subtle and seductive in its authority. Nowhere on this recording does he overpower the listener with his bass. However, his bass lines are creative and fresh – best of all, they groove hard. Although the song writing and performance shows elements of other styles being brought to the blues, Charles stays true to the blues form. In this record he successfully plays the blues in today’s context with today’s influences.

On the eve of his cd release party at the Kingston Mines, Charles invited me to his band rehearsal at Three Pears Studios ( on the north side of Chicago. It was a pleasant surprise to see a blues band rehearsing in very modern facility. That indicated that not only is this cd a serious venture, but it also showed Charles Mack’s business acumen.

The five-piece band consisted of Charles Mack on bass, his brother on drums, a guitarist, a keyboard player, and two female vocalists. Each of the musicians was very gracious and humble. There was an easy camaraderie among them. When time came to get to work, everyone was focused and professional. The sound of the band was tight and the groove was deep. Although they were rehearsing, they had the energy of a band performing for a lively audience. Mack’s experience showed itself from time to time as he would help other musicians work their parts out.

The studio musicians who helped with their talents on this cd were not slated to perform at the cd release party due to previous commitments elsewhere. Fortunately their replacements are Chicago musical giants in their own right. The band’s sound in rehearsal made it clear that no one will be shortchanged by the absence of the studio musicians.

The technical quality of the recording is phenomenal. The sound engineering and production are top flight. Clearly, recording this project in Chicago was the right thing for Charles to do. Every aspect of this project has been well coordinated. This record should make a lot of noise in the blues circles around the world.

When Charles Mack tours the northwest, be sure to treat yourself to a wonderful show by going to his performances. He is, after all, a prodigal son of the northwest.

Joey "2X" Principe

True Genius!!
He is more than the next generation of Blues....he is the future of Blues. This album proves that Charles is no joke. Great talent. He held nothing back. True Genius. I can't wait to see him live. This CD will have a permenant home is my iPod.

Maxine Singleton

The music was outstanding!!!
The cd had one of the best mixes of jazz,blues and deep down funk I've heard in many years,this is music inspired by the greats,I love,I love it !!!!!!

Madeleine Moulin

Le funk du premier morceau m'attrape par le corps et me met en route vers les terres du coeur,celles où les thèmes traditionnels du blues sont à la fois respectés et habillés de neuf:les vicissitudes de la vie amoureuse,la solitude,les valeurs transmises etc
L'émotion culmine dans Katie's alone et I'm a blues man,morceaux où la voix devient mimétique des figures de la mère et du père.
C'est un voyage à travers des paysages qui sont rassurants parce qu'ils portent les racines mais qui sont aussi renouvelés,recréés par un héritier digne et qui laisse toute leur place à ses musiciens et choristes tout en offrant le plus subtil de son jeu de basse.
Le dernier morceau évoque le rêve:gageons que Charles Mack nous y transportera encore!

Kingston Mines Fan

Man, What a show!!!
Within the 7 years I have been hanging out at Kingston Mines, I have never seen a concert there. Charles released his CD on April 14th and man what a show. It was like being at at full production concert. Wow! I was blown away. He started the show off with these incredible vocalist, it was like being at a p-funk show! The show started off intense and then he slowed it down to some deeeeep, deeeeep, low down blues that I haven't heard any of the majors match. He has a song that was written for his mother, "Katie's Alone", very nice! Man, I know this guy is going to hit the top soon. Bravo Charles. I'm glad I had the chance to experience the "Mack Attack!".

Ramona Jackson, Florida

Very well done. Bravo!
Soulful sound! I like what I heard, more than just your average lumpdy lump. I wish Charles much success in his endeavor. Very good music and very nicely done.

Marc Champagne

Looking forward to seeing you in Quebec
We're sincerely looking forward to having the chance to see you visit us very soon in Quebec.
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