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John Hammond , Ta Legal


John Hammond

Opening act: Ta Legal

Had this guitarist-singer-harmonica player just wanted to be a superstar, he could easily have appealed to his father, the most famous producer of jazz and blues recordings. As a matter of record, John Hammond Sr. "discovered" three great artists: Bessie Smith, Billie Holiday and Bob Dylan. Whether the choice was happy or not, John Hammond Jr. decided to build his career outside his father's conside­rable influence.

After a period of close association with the Chicago jazz scene in the 60's, John Hammond took part in the "blues boom" from 1967 to 1969. From that period, there remain a few "Vanguard" waxings, very different from what was happening with Canned Heat, Fleetwood Mac, Paul Butterfield et al. John Hammond stands out from the crowd by a simpli­city which is the one outstanding value of the production.

When, in 1970, cinemato­grapher Arthur Penn gives him the entire responsibility for the soundtrack of the movies "Little Big Man", John Hammond Cakes the oppor­tunity to reorient his career. He decides to go it alone and suggests the use of a Crack featuring him as solo artist playing the guitar and the harmonica as well as signing.

That is how he has chosen to be heard on July 2 at the Spectrum. John Hammond is a captivating per former who, contrary to others, still sings blues by Elmore James and Sonny Boy Williamson as well as his own compositions.

Ta Legal

Brazil is synonymous with carnivals wich automatically rneans lots of rythmic music. This orchestra of eight under the direction of Michel Dupire makes samba and batucada their specialty. To add to the feeling of carnival, 'heir bright costumes match the latin rythms they play so well.

Concerts Carlsberg
Saturday, July 2, 1983 at 9:00 PM
Scène Carlsberg
Corner St-Denis and Ontario streets

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