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Electric Butter

by The Ed Palermo Big Band & Rob Paparozzi

Your favorite Paul Butterfield Blues Band and Electric Flag songs originally arranged for big band by Ed Palermo and Singer Harmonica Player Rob Paparozzi
Genre: Blues: Jazzy Blues
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1. Killing Floor
The Ed Palermo Big Band & Rob Paparozzi
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2. Walkin' Blues
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3. Another Country
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4. Driving Wheel
The Ed Palermo Big Band & Rob Paparozzi
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5. Texas
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6. Walking By Myself
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7. Wine
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8. One More Heartache
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9. You Don't Realize
The Ed Palermo Big Band & Rob Paparozzi
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10. Lovin' Cup
The Ed Palermo Big Band & Rob Paparozzi
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11. Love Disease
The Ed Palermo Big Band & Rob Paparozzi
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12. Drifting Blues
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13. Work Song
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14. Everything's Gonna Be Alright
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15. Buried Alive in the Blues
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Album Notes
Look what The Blues & Jazz World are saying about Rob Paparozzi & The Ed Palermo Big Band
(Special Guests: Steve Cropper, Jimmy Vivino, Mark Naftalin, Harvey Brooks)

In the ever-vibrant history of American music,
there are seismic shifts in those proceedings that really do turn the world around. And one of those joyous occasions was when two young men in Chicago collided in their love for electric urban blues. Paul Butterfield and Michael Bloomfield were born to spark off each other, and when they did in the mid-’60s, both blues and rock & roll have never been the same. Butterfield, a singer and harp player of absolutely devastating power, showed the world what was possible for that music. On his side guitarist Bloomfield lit much of the
fire to their early collaborations, and became a guitar hero who will never be equaled. Each went on to write and record songs of such force and feeling that even today those accomplishments are still a shining beacon. Today, in his own way, singer-harp player Rob Paparozzi along with the Ed Palermo Big Band take up right where Paul Butterfield and Michael Bloomfield left off in their much too early exits from the planet. With a voice straight from the celestial gutter and a harp style that takes no prisoners, Paparozzi looks the soul of Butterfield and Bloomfield in the eye and doesn’t flinch an inch. “Electric Butter” is the kind of album that hits the monkey nerve from note one and keeps climbing higher and higher from there. While Rob and Ed may have gone
to school on the work of the two earlier pioneers, they walk in their light and not in their shadow. Their burning band take some of the most moving songs from the Butterfield and Bloomfield treasure chest and explode them
in a way not soon forgotten.

—Bill Bentley Senior Director/A&R, Vanguard Records and Co-Producer of The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, The Elektra Years

I’m not kidding ... gold shoes!
I bought the first album of the Paul Butterfield Blues Band
because, on the cover, the drummer, Sam Lay, was wearing gold shoes.
Sam sang “Mojo” on that album. I sang “Mojo” with a teen-aged rock band
back then. I also played drums—and I wanted those gold shoes.
That was the first blues album I’d ever bought. I’d never much listened to
the blues before, but Butterfield’s blues sounded hip. I was a full-tilt jazz guy, and Butterfield’s band sounded “jazzy” to me. The rip-snorting kick-off, “Born In Chicago.” The so-sweet-it’s-like-a-love-song, “Blues with a Feeling.” The rolling and rumbling of Butterfield’s sax-like harmonica. The stings, spaces, and almost sitar-sounding whirls of Bloomfield’s guitar.
I immediately bought the second album,East-West. “Walkin’ Blues” sounding more like struttin’ blues. “Never Say No” with Elvin Bishop sounding drunk on love. That 13-minute title jam—five years before the Allmans at Fillmore East.
When horns became popular—BS&T, Chicago, et al—I always felt Butterfield’s horns were cooler, sexier. Gene Dinwiddie. David Sanborn. “One More Heartache,” an actually happy heartbreak. “Last Hope’s Gone,” as if a blues a la Stravinsky.
And then came the Electric Flag. A Long Time Comin’ with the psychedelic album cover. Smoldering jazz. Thundering blues. If someone asked me what I’d been doing, I’d channel Buddy Miles and wail “I just got in from Texas, babe!”

Bloomfield’s guitar was beyond Hendrixian.
Bloomfield’s guitar was downright Herculean!
I was never into psychedelics, but the more I listened, the more I felt myself
falling into all the purple (and the pretty blonde) of that album cover Half a lifetime later, someone invited me to a disco. Decade, it was called. Across the street from Dangerfield’s. (Rodney was still around, getting no respect.) Some cats were celebrating Butterfield and Bloomfield. Remembering, really. I hadn’t heard their music or even heard their names for too many decades. I didn’t know Ed Palermo or Rob Paparozzi or Jimmy Vivino, but I knew that music. And they became that music!

As indeed they do—finally!—on this album.
As he does when he plays Zappa’s music, Ed Palermo doesn’t merely retrospect the music he loves. He breathes new life into the music he loves.
When they play the first classic, “Walkin’ Blues,” there’s a moment in Rob’s solo when his harp curls up and down the scale like a hip Slinky— pure Butter!
And even if you haven’t heard Butter, Bloom, and the Flag for an eon, Ed, Rob, Jimmy, and all these cats who loved them will awaken them deep in your cells.
When you hear this music, you’ll feel like you’re dancing in gold shoes!

—Michael Bourne Jazz and Blues Hour host, WBGO-FM,



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Bill Bentley, A&R Vanguard Records

Not Just a Tribute....
Electric Butter: A Big Band Tribute to Paul Butterfield and Michael Bloomfield. Just when it seems all the tribute albums have been made that ever need to get made, something from left field arrives that is so righteous and right on that the music makes perfect sense. That's what lead singer and harp player Rob Paparozzi has created here, along with the Ed Palermo Big Band. They've taken the music of the Paul Butterfield Blues Band and Michael Bloomfield's Electric Flag aggregation, and barnstormed it all into utter bliss. Butterfield and Bloomfield first collaborated together, and the results were beyond explosive. That band rewrote all the rules for what young white and black musicians could do to urban blues, and set off a generation or two of fans down the rode of cultural exploration. And when they split apart, each of the Chicago natives somehow found a way to explode on their own.

Enter Paparozzi, an absolute devotee of this music. With Palermo's band, and special guests guitarists Steve Cropper and Jimmy Vivino, original Butterfield keyboardist Mark Naftalin and Electric Flag bassist Harvey Brooks, they take songs like "Killing Floor," "Walkin' Blues," "Another Country" and "Everything's Gonna Be Alright" to the moon and back. The fellows can play, and aren't above putting the heavy hurt on the music. There's been nothing quite like this in far too long, and just when it seemed like there wouldn't be any more, along come some clearly plugged-in people to churn the butter into a burning froth, and then plug the entire proceeds into the wall for a scintillating electric mess. Never let it be said an essential tribute album doesn't change everything.

-Bill Bentley A&R Vanguard Records