Bob Corritore & Friends

High Rise Blues

Label: VizzTone Label Group
Release date: 26 May 2023

Bob Corritore & Friends - High Rise Blues album cover

This entry in Bob Corritore’s FROM THE VAULTS series focuses on the rich sound of Chicago blues. The fourteen tracks contained within are all previously unreleased gems recorded over a thirty year span (1992 to 2022) and feature some of the greatest legends of the Windy City! Bob Corritore’s deep Chicago blues upbringing led to the connections and harmonica playing that make this album resonate. Please enjoy this beautifully crafted powerful dose of real Chicago blues! Featured artists include Bo Diddley, Jimmy Rogers, Koko Taylor, Magic Slim, Sam Lay, Pinetop Perkins, Chico Chism, Luther Tucker, John Brim, Eddy Clearwater, John Primer, Willie “Big Eyes” Smith, Lil’ Ed, Bob Reidy, Manuel Arrington, and Eddie Taylor, Jr.


1. Last Time (feat. Jimmy Rogers)
2. Buddy Buddy Friends (feat. Magic Slim)
3. High Rise Blues (feat. Chico Chism and Luther Tucker)
4. Twenty-Nine Ways (feat. Koko Taylor)
5. Candy Bars (feat. Manuel Arrington)
6. Short Haired Woman (feat. Eddie Taylor Jr.)
7. Honey Where You Going (feat. Sam Lay)
8. Why Are You So Mean To Me (feat. John Primer)
9. Grinder Man (feat. Pinetop Perkins)
10. Little Girl (feat. Bo Diddley)
11. Hard Pill To Swallow (feat. John Brim)
12. She’s Alright (feat. Willie “Big Eyes” Smith)
13. Sail A Ship (feat. Eddie Clearwater and Bob Reid)
14. Caught In The Act (feat. Lil’ Ed) 


When the 25-year-old Bob Coritore moved from Chicago to Phoenix Arizona in 1981, he never expected to be creating a Southwestern Mecca for the Blues — it just worked out that way. Bob was soon joined by old friend Louisiana Red, and before long they were playing all over town. Drummer Chico Chism soon followed. Bob started doing a weekly blues radio show, and in 1991 he opened the now legendary blues club the Rhythm Room. He would book his favorite down-home blues artists at the Rhythm Room, and while these artists were in town he would offer a recording session to accompany the booking. The end results were numerous amazing performances captured for posterity and finally available to the public for the first time via Bob’s “From The Vaults” Series.

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