Here & There – The Uncollected B.B. King

Along with releasing his own albums and singles over the course of half a century of recording, the prolific B.B. King has contributed to numerous soundtracks and recorded duets for albums by artists as far flung as Willie Nelson, Albert Collins, Gary Burton and Grover Washington, Jr. Now, 11 of the best B.B. King recordings from 1983 to 2001 never before available on a B.B. King album have been brought together on Here & There – The Uncollected B.B. King (Hip-O Records), released August 21, 2001.

An illustrious assemblage of collaborators, songs and performances starring the legendary bluesman, Here & There – The Uncollected B.B. King offers B.B. fans their first and only opportunity to obtain all of these disparate recordings on one album. The album package also includes extensive liner notes by blues authority Bill Dahl.

Two selections culled from a 1991 session with Living Color leader Vernon Reid as co-producer are previously unreleased in the U.S.–“All You Ever Give Me Is The Blues” available only on a European compilation and the never-before-released-anywhere rocker “Yes Man.” Also making its CD debut is “T’Ain’t Nobody’s Bizness (If I Do),” produced by and featuring Robbie Robertson, from the soundtrack for the 1983 Robert DeNiro/Jerry Lewis black comedy The King Of Comedy. Another soundtrack contribution is the suave 1991 recording “Monday Morning Blues” first heard on the animated television special “Garfield: Am I Cool Or What?”

The honor roll of classic duets includes 1987’s “Caught A Touch Of Your Love” with jazz/R&B great Grover Washington, Jr. from his Strawberry Moon album; “Six Pack,” an instrumental with jazz vibraharpist Gary Burton from his 1992 album of the same name; “Frosty,” a remake of Albert Collins’ most famous instrumental hit from Albert’s 1994 Collins Mix collection, and “Stormy Monday Blues” with Randy Brecker, Arturo Sandoval, Ramsey Lewis, Tom Scott and the rest of the GRP All-Star Big Band from their 1994 All Blues effort.

Here & There’s most recent selections are the sprightly “Get You Next To Me” with blues singer-guitarist Arthur Adams from his 1999 album Back On Track; a new version of The King Of The Blues’ first hit, “Three O’Clock Blues” with jazz organ master Jimmy Smith from his 2001 Dot Com Blues release, and a remake of B.B.’s monumental “The Thrill Is Gone” with Willie Nelson from the latter’s 2000 album, Milk Cow Blues.

The recordings on Here & There – The Uncollected B.B. King result in, finally and truly, a B.B. King album.