B.B. King RIP

I hope “Midnight Believer” gets a mention in the obituaries: it’s a bafflingly under-rated album — too glossy for purist tastes, perhaps, but full of gorgeous tunes and funky arrangements. “When It All Comes Down” is the opening track. Many years ago, in New York, I spent a couple of hours sitting at B.B’s feet, literally, as he rehearsed with the Philip Morris Superband. A humble man, he was extraordinarily nervous about working with so many top-flight jazz musicians, not realizing he could say more in a couple of phrases than most mortals can manage in a couple of hours.

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