The Blind Boys Of Alabama had been at it for 57 years before 'Spirit Of The Century' garnered them their first Grammy Award as 2001's "Best Traditional Soul Gospel Performance." Taking such popular fare as "Just Wanna See His Face" (Rolling Stones), "Way Down In The Hole" (the Tom Waits theme to "The Wire"), "Give A Man A Home" (Ben Harper) as well as classics like "Amazing Grace" and "Motherless Child," the 10-track album was a jewel, a long out-of-print jewel. Until now.
The 74 songs on the four CDs of Bobby Rush's first comprehensive career overview-in-a-box are sterling reminders that this man has sealed his place in blues and funk history without a whole hell of a lot of people knowing it. 'Chicken Heads: A 50-Year History' (Omnivore) is proof positive that when it comes to slippery greasy deep south funk and the kind of blues that make you want to rip your skin open, Bobby Rush, 80, should be on Mount Rushmore.
Sweet. Bass guitar virtuoso Jaco Pastorius will be the focus of Stephen Kijak's new documentary. The film will be the official selection of this year's Record Store Day, and Omnivore Records--on a separate note--will release a collection of found sessions by the bassist from 1976.