Old School

Old School

by Koko TaylorKoko Taylor


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Old School is Koko Taylor's first new album in seven years, and after a series of health issues that sidelined her for a while, it could be viewed as a comeback of sorts, but if so, there aren't any signs of rust here. She still belts out her trademark Chicago blues like she always has, sidestepping any 21st century recording tricks for a straightforward set that wouldn't sound out of place next to her classic Chess sides from the early '60s. It's also encouraging that she wrote nearly half the tunes here, while turning in solid covers of a pair of Willie Dixon songs ("Don't Go No Further" and "Young Fashioned Ways"), one by Magic Sam ("All Your Love") and a scorching performance of Lizzie Lawler's classic "Black Rat" that rivals Big Mama Thornton's version. A rendition of "Bad Rooster" is also top notch. Of the originals, the lead track, "Piece of Man," is the most impressive, setting the tone and feel for an album that clearly celebrates Taylor's unshakable Chicago blues roots. Old School isn't sleek, pretty, posed or polished, but is instead raw, ragged and as real as a biting winter wind off of Lake Michigan. Call it a comeback if you want, but this is the territory that Koko Taylor has lived in for nearly fifty years. She owns this stuff. Call it a continuance. This CD was nominated for a Grammy award in 2007 for Best Traditional Blues Album.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/03/2007
Label: Alligator Records
UPC: 0014551491521
catalogNumber: 4915
Rank: 70092

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Koko Taylor   Primary Artist,Vocals
Billy Branch   Harmonica
Bob Margolin   Guitar
Stanley Banks   Piano
Kenny Hampton   Electric Bass
Criss Johnson   Guitar,Soloist
Mark "Kaz" Kazanoff   Tenor Saxophone
Melvin Smith   Bass
Jimmy Sutton   Upright Bass
Shun Kikuta   Guitar
Brother John Kattke   Piano
Vino Louden   Guitar

Technical Credits

Willie Dixon   Composer
Koko Taylor   Composer,Producer,Liner Notes,Photo Courtesy
Sam Fishkin   Engineer
Richard Fleming   Composer
Bruce Iglauer   Producer
Criss Johnson   Producer
Michael Levine   Engineer
Magic Sam   Composer
Rick Barnes   Engineer
Michael Trossman   Logo
E.G. Kight   Composer
Matthew Wheeler   Engineer
Misty Winter   Assistant Photographer

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