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Anything but generic

Generic Blues Album
Generic Blues Album
By Maurice John Vaughn

Alligator Records: 1993

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This review first appeared in the July 29, 1988 issue of the San Diego Evening Tribune.

Like many other young blues artists, Maurice John Vaughn is helping to loosen up the definition of the blues from one of strict format one of intent and style. first introduced last year on Alligator's "Young Bluebloods" album, Vaughn is a first-rate guitarist/singer who has recorded with Chicago's redoubtable A.C. Reed.

"Generic Blues Album" is anything but. Vaughn's crisp guitar work is set off against Leo Davis' soulful piano and organ to good effect. And check out Vaughn's scat singing on "Girl Don't Live Here."

The best of the set is right on the cutting edge of the blues: "Computer Took My Job." This psychedelic blues piece features several five-star solos by Vaughn and Davis, and a haunting, funky bit of singing by Vaughn.