Chip Deffaa
August 09, 1996 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Deep in the Blues

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
James Cotton
Producers
Verve
genre
Blues

We gave it an A-

The raspy-voiced Mississippi blues-harp player reprises not just his own classics (”All Walks of Life”) but also those of Sonny Boy Williamson (”Dealin’ With the Devil”) and Muddy Waters (”Sad Letter”). Forget the throwaway ditties; new albums like Deep in the Blues by bluesmen with James Cotton’s history are all too rare. And sidemen Joe Louis Walker, Charlie Haden, and Dave Maxwell are first-rate. A-

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