REVIEW: John Lee Hooker Jr.’s “Live In Istanbul Turkey”

Image and video hosting by TinyPic John Lee Hooker Jr. had a chance to perform in Istanbul, Turkey and he wasn’t about to waste a great opportunity. He brought the blues to a country not known for the blues but where there’s people, there are those who are in need of that music in order to survive. Live In Istanbul Turkey (CC Entertainment/Steppin’ Stone) is Hooker Jr. bringing his A-game overseas, singing songs about how the back door should be avoided, especially when the front is nice and wet (“Suspicious”) and how people aren’t liking what he’s doing because he’s too old (“They Hatin’ On Me”). He even makes a Tiger Woods reference, claiming that while he’d like to have that kind of hunger, he just doesn’t have that kind of “appetite”.

He also incorporates elements of funk, soul, and jazz, just as Hooker Jr. has done over the years, so while he does carry on the traditions of his father, this is his music done in his own way. Even in Turkey, they love the way John Lee Hooker Jr. swings.

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