Siegel-Schwall Band
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The Siegel-Schwall Band (led by pianist Corky Siegel and guitarist Jim Schwall) was part of the "blues revival" Chicago scene of the mid 1960s but the blues was prominent only on the first albums, Siegel-Schwall Band (Vanguard, released in december 1966), Say (Vanguard, 1967), that featured original material, and Shake (Vanguard, 1968), that collected leftovers from various sessions. Relocated to San Francisco, the band had become part of the acid-rock scene and increasingly relied on improvisation. In 1968 they performed with the San Francisco Symphonic Orchestra, a performance documented by Three Pieces For Blues Band And Orchestra (DG, 1973).

After a line-up change, the band released the live and studio album Siegel-Schwall (Vanguard, 1970) and then Sleepy Hollow (Wooden Nickel, 1972) and 953 West (Wooden Nickel, 1973), ending their career with RIP (Wooden Nickel, 1973), a collection of covers.

(Translated by Ornella C. Grannis)

La Siegel-Schwall Band (formata dal pianista Corky Siegel e dal chitarrista Jim Schwall) faceva parte del "blues revival" di Chicago della meta' degli anni 60, anche se il blues figura soltanto sui primi album: Siegel-Schwall Band (Vanguard, 1966), Say (Vanguard, 1967), caratterizzato da materiale originale, e Shake, (Vanguard, 1968), una raccolta di rimanenze di varie sedute di registrazione. Una volta trasferitosi a San Francisco, il complesso si avventuro' verso l'acid-rock percorrendo la via dell'improvvisazione. Nel 1968 tennero un concerto con l'Orchestra Sinfonica di San Francisco. L'evento e' documentato su Three Pieces For Blues Band And Orchestra (DG, 1973).

Cambiata la formazione, il complesso registro' Siegel-Schwall (Vanguard, 1970), Sleepy Hollow (Wooden Nickel, 1972) e 953 West (Wooden Nickel, 1973).

RIP (Wooden Nickel, 1973), una collezione di covers, concluse la loro carriera.

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