“I was born in Chicago and raised in Missouri , and when someone from there says:- ‘How’re you all doing?’ the proper response is:- ‘ALL RIGHT !’ . So how’re you all doing?”
With these words, Marilyn has begun almost every live performance since the start of her jazz career in Britain in 1988. Her audiences now know the answer and bellow it with gusto:- “ALL RIGHT !” From that first appearance at Bude Jazz Festival, Marilyn was sought out by a host of musicians who wanted her to sing with them – most notably among them were the bands of John Shillito, Laurie Chescoe, Max Collie and Phil Mason in the UK and cornet virtuoso Rod Mason in Germany.
In 1993, she joined forces with Steve Mellor to assemble a group of top professional musicians dedicated to the accompaniment of Marilyn’s broad and varied repertoire. The Chicago Hoods were born. Over the next 4 years, they toured the concert halls, theatres, festivals and clubs of Great Britain, Northern Ireland, France, Eire, Holland and Germany as well as broadcasting 3 series of programmes for BBC Radio.
Many of their formal concerts were recorded and the tracks on this album, and its sister album,”Marilyn Middleton – In Concert Volume 2″, are taken from the pick of those recordings.
1. Last of the Red Hot Mamas 2.18
2. The right key but the wrong keyhole 3.49
3. Washing the blues from my soul 4.22
4. One sweet letter from you 3.17
5. That’s all brother, that’s all 3.27
6. Sister Kate 1.48
7. Don’t care blues 2.14
8. St Louis blues 3.03
9. Handyman 3.06
10. He hadn’t up to yesterday 2.50
11. Melancholy 2.31
12. Man o’war 3.09
13. Mississippi mud 1.50
14. I had someone else 3.15
15. Bill 2.11
16. You don’t understand 2.18
17. Revival day 2.50