Still Called The Blues
Review by Willard Manus

Quintus McCormick, who had a hit album, Hey, Jodie!, in 2009, is back with another stand-out CD, STILL CALLED THE BLUES. The Chicago-based vocalist and composer has written six new songs for this Delmark release, all of which he puts across with his customary verve and warmth. The other seven tracks on the CD are covers of tunes by the likes of Bobby Rush (What's Good For the Goose), John Lennon (Oh! Darling) and BB King (Woke Up This Morning).

McCormick also plays piano and guitar on the album, backed up by several of his favorite musicians, especially John Chorney and Roosevelt Purifoy on keyboards, JR Fuller on bass, and Pete Thomas on drums. My favorite track was the deeply felt, virtuosic, bluesy love song, Everybody Knows About My Good Thing. McCormick sings and plays the hell out of this one; the same can be said for his impassioned version of Old Time Rock and Roll, the George Jackson anthem.