They Were in This House
Larry Taylor Blues and Soul Band
From liner notes by Living Blues contributing writer Justin O'Brien:
There was music in the house at 1131 S. Mozart during the heyday of Chicago blues. Guitarist Eddie Taylor lived there with his wife Vera Hill, a singer from a musically gifted family and it was there they raised Larry, Vera's firstborn. ..The house on Mozart where Larry spent his early years was a gathering place for now-legendary musicians of Chicago blues. Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, Jimmy Reed and Elmore James were among the frequent houseguests who came to eat Vera's soul food cooking...As a little boy Larry beat on boxes and pots and pans...His earliest mentors included drummers Willie "Winehead" Williams, Chicken House Shorty, S.P.Leary and Cassell Burrow... Larry himself played on Maxwell Street with Pat Rushing, Willie James and others...He spent 30 years contributing his impeccable timekeeping and bludgeoning backbeat behind some of the greatest blues, soul and jazz artists of all time...They Were in This House presents a set of unusal, yet satisfying traditional and original compositions. This disc includes Osee Anderson on the bas, Ronnie G on sax, and Roosevelt "Mad Hatter" Purifoy who handles keyboards and arrangements, West Side Wes on durums, Michael "Sleep" Riley on bass, Barrelhouse Bonni on keys, and sizzlin' Willie Davis...an unsung master of West Side blues guitar who knows how to toss in edgy fills and lay a solid rhythmic foundation...Backed by this tight ensemble, Taylor's choice selections and original material emphasize the rhythm and the groove in the blues and soul...