Roger Cotton and Alan Glen
Born in Black and White
"Your CD has been played over and over in my radio show ...classic stuff indeed!"
Vasja Ivanovski - Mojo Blues Skopje, Macedonia -
"Great Stuff" - .Steve Jennings. Harmonica World'
" all tracks are beautiflly performed" - Lionel Ross (Blues in Britain)
" a fine CD I will return to it in the weeks ahead" - Paul Jones (Jazz fm)
" great CD. What a wonderful collection of tracks" - Ashwyn Smith (Digital Blues)
" wonderful playing, love it " - Smiggy (Barrys Mag)
" I have added it to my play list" - D J Kruno (VFM Radio, Croatia)
" Lots of interest when I played it, great music" - Kjell Anderson (Radio Holstebro)
" Very,very good indeed" - Paul Jones (Radio Two) 13/11/03
" traditional styles & delivered with swing & feeling" - www.bluesfreepress.org.uk
| Frankie Bluesy Pfeiffer - The Blues Magizine - France - April 2006
When two leading lights of the UK Blues scene collaborate, one can only speculate at the out come, especially when they are both strong personalities, and very talented. I had my doubts, as the title of the album it talks of black & white, but from the first track there are fireworks, it is an explosion of bluesy colours of all shades.
The combination of the outstanding Alan Glen (harmonica and Guitar) and the remarkable Roger Cotton (Hammond C3, piano and Guitar) really works well. They joined by two fine bass players, swinging Peter Miles on the drums the vocals are handled by Rob King. The duo has written ten of the eleven pieces, which are well produced, you will want listen to over and over.
Listen to the haunting melody of 'On The Waterfront' played by Roger on
Hammond C3, contrasted with the sharp edged guitar solo, but all is smoothness on 'Maxwell Street Mood', and listen to this theme, played with great feeling, with lots of light and shade.
The charm of this album is also in a succession of generous instrumental solos, with all the musicians playing in harmony. This CD is a fine ensemble work, with well crafted tunes, of which I highly recommend 'I Don't Want Your Love', a fabulous slow blues: 4 minutes 52 of pure emotion. I love the others tracks, but I still press the replay key to give more listen to 'I Don't Want Your Love'.
Roger Cotton Alan Glen
Born in Black & White Note Records NCD 1004-2
Note : Coup de Cœur (5 CD)
Lorsque deux grands du Blues made in UK se retrouvent, on peut se demander ce qu’il en sortira, surtout lorsque ce sont deux fortes personnalités, et talentueuses. J’ai un doute, car le titre de l’album parle de noir & blanc, et la couleur de la pochette l’est, en N&B, mais dès le premier titre c’est le feu d’artifice : une explosion bluesy de couleurs et de teintes. Pari gagné pour le grand Alan Glen (harmonica et gratte) et le remarquable Roger Cotton (Hammond C3, piano et six cordes aussi). Entouré de deux bassistes, d’un swinguant Peter Miles aux drums et de Rob King au chant, les deux compères signent dix des onze morceaux de ce superbe produit parfaitement fini, arrondi aux angles, et que vous ré-écouterez en boucle. Ecoutez moi ces longues envolées de Roger au Hamond C3 dans On The Waterfront, ces soli de gratte acérés, mais tout en finesse, comme dans Maxwell Street Mood, et ce jeu d’harmo puissant et aérien à la fois, car le charme de cet album se trouve aussi dans cette alternance incessante de soli, sans qui que ce soit n’allonge la sauce. Du bel ouvrage, du très bel ouvrage, dont je vous recommande I Don’t Want Your Love, un blues lent fabuleux, avec ses 4 minutes 52 d’émotion pure. Sorry pour les autres, mais j’appuie encore sur la touche replay et me remets une nouvelle fois ce I Don’t Want Your Love.
Frankie Bluesy Pfeiffer
|'August 2004 - Jazz Journal International
A well-produced session from down in the Kent delta. It's almost a homage to the music these guys obviously favour - the Chicago blues. What I particularly liked was the inclusion of the organ to beef out the sound and it works well, especially on Jam For T, a driving instrumental with faint echoes of Little Walter's Juke. This is mainly a programme of instrumentals with some nice atmospheric guitar solos from Cotton and wailing harp by Glen. The leaders have paid their dues through the years working with Peter Green's Splinter Group and The Yard birds and have now joined forces for this project of original material. The vocals by Rob King don't intrude enough to spoil the mood of the date. Very listen able.
Harmonica World' - April/May 2004
BLUES IN BRITIAN Nov 2003
Roger Cotton in a widely experienced blues artiste and a member of Peter Green's Splinter Group. On thin album, they have collaborated an highly accomplished performers and songwriters, jointly writing all but one of the eleven tracks.
Their inspiration for the album stems from the classic recordings by Blue Note and Chess in the '50's and '60s, which in immediately demonstrated on the first track, "Blow Diddley", a harp-led instrumental. "Hard Life" in one of four songs on the album sung by Rob King, whose excellent vocals are particularly noteworthy on the slow and mellow "I Don't Want Your Love".
Seven of the tracks are instrumentals and include the wistful "On The Waterfront", the alum and jazz-tinged "Maxwell Street Mood", "Smitty'n Corner', a medium-paced shuffle, and the jazz/funk "Fat Tuesday".
The album in not designed to grab you by the throat it's predominant mood is mellow and controlled. But all the tracks are beautifully performed and engender an ideal mood for chilling out end relaxing.
The Rock Machine March 2004
|Barry’s Mag Smiggys Tips Nov 2003
A complimentary review. Yes folks, it can be done! I was sent a copy of 'Born in Black & White' from Note Records (\vww.note-rnusic.co.uk) Roger Cotton and Alan Glen. Right from the start of the first track Blow Diddley, you know you re in for a fine ride.
Along with Rob King on vocals, Peter Miles on drums and the shared bass credits of Pete Stroud and Marc Clements, the great men prove themselves a pair of experienced greasy old bluesers who can oil their way into songs like a pair of smoothly brylcreamed ferrets, roll and tumble in the burrow and exit with not a whisker out of place.
Listen to the instrumental "On the waterfront" and feel your toes curl with joy; Hammond and guitar digging' in the dirt and finding gold. Throughout the album Alan Glen plays a mean harmonica and Roger plays understated but uncompromisingly razor sharp guitar and keyboards.
Try "Purple Cat" for the best of all three. My only faint nit pick is the songs lyrics, these just ain’t as imaginative and inspired as the playing. Some pretty weary clichés are out to graze and 'Crazy Life's' "I feel strange, I feel odd ', I don't know what it is, it must be something you got" is well …odd.
This aside 'Born in Black & White' is as good as anything happening this side of the pond. Miss it and miss out.
Alan sent me this new release last month and it sees this harp and guitar star linking up with multi-instrumentalist and easy going character Roger Cotton, current Splinter Group keys and occasional guitar man. It’s a little different from other recent works by these guys, Glen having had a recent stint with the mighty Yardbirds of course.
www.bluesfreepress.org.uk - Jan 2004