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Jueves, 22 de abril 2004. 19:20h.
Tinsley Ellis Blues
Aula de Cultura CAM de Benidorm, BENIDORM

La Dipu y la CAM con el Jazz: Tinsley Ellis Blues Horario: A las 20.30 horas Desde 22/04/2004 Hasta 22/04/2004 Lugar: Aula de Cultura CAM de Benidorm, BENIDORM Alameda, 19-21. 03500 BENIDORM Tinsley Ellis Atlanta 1957. Ellis creció en el sur de Florida y empezó a tocar la quitarra a los 8 años. Se define como un músico de rock que toca Blues. Descubrió el blues de la mano de grupos británicos como 'The Yardbirds', 'The Animals', 'Cream' y 'The Rolling Stones'. 'Atlanta Magazine' dice de él 'El mejor artista de blues que sale de Atlanta desde Blind Willie McTell' La revista 'Rolling Stones' comenta de Ellis 'Alcanza efectos pirotécnicos como sus rivales Jeff Beck y Eric Clapton'. Born in Atlanta in 1957, Tinsley Ellis grew up in south Florida, where at age seven, he first picked up the guitar and absorbed the blues of British invasion groups like The Yardbirds, Cream, The Rolling Stones and The Animals. Digging deeper into the heart of the music, he came under the direct influence of the original masters—legendary figures like Freddy King, B.B. King, Otis Rush, Albert King and Magic Sam—and spent hours learning and perfecting their licks. By 1975, Ellis was back in Atlanta and gigging with the Alley Cats, a gritty bar band that included Preston Hubbard, who later joined the Fabulous Thunderbirds. In 1981, he formed the Heartfixers with veteran blues singer and harpist "Chicago" Bob Nelson, and the band quickly became one of the most popular blues acts in the Southeast circuit. After their self-titled debut on Southland Records, the Heartfixers signed with Landslide Records, which released the critically acclaimed Live at the Moonshadow in 1983. Early praise from the critics (The Washington Post called him "a legitimate guitar hero") helped Ellis quickly develop a more national stature. When Nelson left the Heartfixers in 1983, Ellis assumed vocal chores and led the band through two additional Landslide releases, Cool On It and Tore Up—the latter with blues shouter Nappy Brown. Living Blues called Tore Up, "torrid…one of the best discs of the decade." Ellis left the Heartfixers and made his solo debut on Alligator Records in 1989 with Georgia Blue, an album whose critical success opened doors to first-rate clubs and festivals nationwide and around the globe. Ellis stepped through without hesitation, and quickly developed a reputation for relentless touring that averaged more than 200 dates each year. He followed Georgia Blue with a series of equally successful Alligator recordings, including Fanning the Flames (1989), Trouble Time (1992) and Storm Warning (1994). Rolling Stone claimed that Ellis "achieves pyrotechnics which rival early Jeff Beck and Eric Clapton," and called Storm Warning "one of the best blues albums of the 1990s…one unbelievably biting solo after another." For his final Alligator release, Fire It Up, Ellis enlisted legendary producer Tom Dowd (noted for seminal work with the Allman Brothers and other giants at Atlantic Records). The collaboration resulted in a crisp set with distinct Southern rock and British rock overtones. Ellis moved to the Capricorn in 2000 and released Kingpin, an album that paid tribute to artists like Albert King, B.B. King and other influential figures who can still be heard in his overall guitar and vocal attack. The release prompted Atlanta magazine to call Ellis "the most significant blues artist to emerge from Atlanta since Blind Willie McTell." He joined the Telarc label in early 2002 with the release of Hell Or High Water, a 12-track mix of gritty, guitar-heavy blues laced with generous doses of Memphis R&B, urban funk and straightahead rock in the tradition of the Allman Brothers, Johnny Winter and other great rock legends from the deep South. The album reunites Ellis with veteran producer Eddie Offord, whose credits include work with Emerson, Lake and Palmer, Yes and 311—as well as Ellis’ Storm Warning released in 1994. Downbeat gave Hell Or High Water a three-and-a-half-star rating, and praised Ellis’ “considerable skills at the meeting ground of hot Southern blues-rock and red clay soul.” Ellis follows up on the success of Hell Or High Water with the April 2004 release of The Hard Way, his eleventh career album, his eighth as a solo artist and his first as producer. With a guest appearance by fellow blues guitarist Sean Costello (who trades in his axe to blow a fine harp solo) and additional support by a cadre of other fine players—including drummer Richie Hayward of Little Feat—The Hard Way is Ellis’ further exploration of the rough, gritty crossroads where blues, rock and R&B come together

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