Muddy Waters Band vet Bob Margolin learned the Chicago blues from the master.

Muddy Waters Band vet Bob Margolin learned the Chicago blues from the master. In the 20 years since Waters' passing, Margolin has done his bit to keep the art form alive. For this session, Margolin pulled together Pinetop Perkins, Mookie Brill, Hubert Sumlin, Carey Bell, and Willie "Big Eyes" Smith. The tunes they cut are memorable, beginning with Pinetop's piano/vocal performance on "Sweet (Little) Black Angel," a song he used to play behind Robert Nighthawk. Margolin's guitar work on this tune is sublime. His chops are so sweet at this point that he's got absolutely nothing to prove when he picks up his axe. He just plays and the groove appears. From the acoustic blues "Last Time" to the classic shuffle "One Day You're Gonna Get Lucky," All-Star Blues Jam amounts to one of the top records of the year in the genre.—PVV