DANNY KALB (Saturday) It’s somewhat ominous for a performer of the blues — a tradition based largely on despair and disrepute — to release a record titled “I’m Gonna Live the Life I Sing About” (Sojourn). But the blues guitarist Danny Kalb, from Brooklyn, is no stranger to the genre or its hallmarks; in the 1960s Mr. Kalb was a proponent of acoustic blues and, along with Al Kooper and Steve Katz, a founder of the electric-jam band the Blues Project.
-(Petrusich) NY Times (1/29/2010)
Fans of blues are never happier than when legend Danny Kalb performs at Barbes. First of all, Kalb’s hashmarks go way back to the 1960s, even before he founded the Blues Project with Al Kooper. Now, performing in a trio, Kalb mixes blues classics with his own compositions. The tiny Barbes is the best place to see him.
-Editor’s Picks/NY Post.com (1/25/2010)
The resurgence of Danny Kalb has been a long time coming but you can call it a comeback as the singer-guitarist has finally delivered the goods with his latest CD.
– Mitch Myers/Downbeat (1/2010)
My 2009 Ten Most Played Songs (Ever) By Mitch Myers
2. “I Wish You Would” by Danny Kalb The resurgence of Danny Kalb was a long time coming, but you can finally call it a comeback as the singer-guitarist has delivered the goods on I’m Gonna Live The Life I Sing About. The opening track is Billy Boy Arnold’s “I Wish You Would,” which was also the debut single for the Yardbirds back in 1964. Kalb, who generated plenty of heat in the Sixties with the Blues Project, proves he’s still as eclectic and exciting a guitar stylist as ever–just a little less amplified. This guy rocks like a cross between Slim Harpo and Django Reinhardt. Seriously.
At age 67, Kalb has come full circle from his Greenwich Village beginnings as a solo acoustic bluesman (in the company of Dave Van Ronk, Phil Ochs and Pete Seeger, among other defining voices of the early 1960’s) through co-founding seminal NYC-based super-group the Blues Project with Al Kooper, Steve Katz, Andy Kulberg and Roy Blumenfeld (at that time affectionately called “The Jewish Beatles”) and back to playing, touring and recording as a solo performer and elder statesmen.
-Andrzej Pilarczyk/ Nippertown.com/12/2009
I could rave on all day about this record…He could stop right now and leave us with the perfect statement on why he’s loved this music for decades. Instead it’s serving as a jumping-off point for Kalb to enter into his own phase as a well respected master of uniquely American classics.
– Mark Polzin/ClassicRockMusicBlog.com (3/16/2009)
…blues enthusiasts have reason to rejoice, as does anyone anxious to hear a lost legend revisit songs from a life well sung.
– Lee Zimmerman/Blurt-online (3/12/2009)
I’m Gonna Live The Life I Sing About is a major testament of soul, the kind of album where a man shows what he’s made of.
- Bill Bentley (1/30/09) Sonicboomers.com
I’m Gonna Live The Life I Sing About proves that Danny Kalb is one of the best practitioners of the blues in music today.
-David Bowling/Blogcritics.com 12/22/08
Dan never ceases to sieve everything through an innovative eye and dexterous hand, and we can only hope that this new spate of activity and releases is the crossroads of a renewed old pro because master he was, master he is, and, the Fates willing, master he will continue to be for years to come.
-Mark Tucker/AcousticMusic.com 12/10/08
Danny has finally released the album that should have followed the breakup of The Blues Project over 40 years ago.
-Stan Beinstein/WDST-FM (Woodstock, NY)