Otis Rush, An Introduction To Otis Rush

John Morthland

By John Morthland

on 04.22.11 in Reviews
The early side of this West Side Chicago blues innovator, collected.

Otis Rush's 1956-8 Cobra sides aren't just a good introduction, they're all you really need; despite other fine work, Otis never bested ‘em. Doomy, frenzied gems like “All Your Lovin'” and “I Can't Quit You Baby” added B.B. King's jazzy, single-string guitar attack to the Delta-rooted band style to create new directions for Chicago blues. While this has 10 of his Cobra sides, two identical Essential Otis Rush offerings contain all 16. Those have eight alternate takes while this goes with four live bonus tracks.