Whoa! For years this wasn't carried here. I accidentally stumbled across it while trying to link someone to my review of their other album, We Pray the Brooze. This one though, Anyway What Time Did you Get Up This Morning; this is THE ONE.
If you're reading this at a time when this site says it's not available here, you can get this at C(ee)D(ee)Baby.(com). I had to obfuscate to slip it into the review.
Kuichi Fujishima is the voice, guitarist and heart of The Fujii. Alternately percussive and ethereal guitar playing (on a National Resophonic single cone) draws you nearer, and his voice reigns o'er the landscape. Most of the people out there yammering about the blues and thinking the blues don't really start until the guitar solo begins should check The Fujii. This guy is the living heart of the blues as far as I am concerned. Uniquely his own entity, in a music where the Mississippi Delta and old Japanese folk coexist in a blurred world of beautiful grit, Fujii is as new as old. I've never heard anyone like him, though he's more like a lost pre-war master than he is one of the blues wienies being deified today.
When I listen to how cliched and inexpressive the blues (in general) have become, I usually figure Charley Patton would laugh at all the blues wankers the world is filled with now, but Fujisjima would knock him out. Somehow having a British guy who came from the free-improvisation world blowing on a tuned gas main only seems to add to the beauty of the festivities.
This guy is one of my favorite blues musicians of all time. Most musicians at these Crossroads and Blues Fests of today would be embarassed to follow a Fujii set, as they should be.
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