Al Kooper

Al Kooper is revered for a lot of things. Among them, cooking-up the instantly legendary organ howl on “Like a Rolling Stone,” serving time in the mighty Blues Project, cofounding Blood, Sweat & Tears” and penning the oldies nugget “This Diamond Ring.” My personal fave has got to be the blistering Super Session. Conceived by Kooper and guitarists Mike Bloomfield and Stephen Stills, this album is one of the foundations of sweat-stained hard rock, right up there with the best from Cream and Hendrix. For all his accomplishments in the 1960s, more than a few critics feel Kooper’s last two albums, Black Coffee and White Chocolate, are the very best of his career. Both titles are exploratory fusions of blue-eyed soul, uptown blues, round-midnight jazz, country and vintage rock & roll. There’s really no stopping the guy, is there? All ages. JUSTIN F. FARRAR

Tue., Jan. 19, 7:30 p.m., 2010

 
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