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Michael Jefferson
6.17.08, 3:11 PM
http://rcm-images.amazon.com/images/P/B0014KD46W.01.TZZZZZZZ.jpg (http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B0014KD46W/w3pgcoffeeroomss)Steve Winwood
Nine Lives (http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B0014KD46W/w3pgcoffeeroomss)
3.5 out of 5 stars
Reviewed for Coffeerooms by Mike JeffersonSteve Winwood’s been making music for more than 45 years. He recently celebrated his 60th birthday. Do the math. The King of the keyboards had his first hit record when he was 15 years old! (Take that Britney Spears.) His new album, “Nine Lives,” a mixture of Afro, Cuban and rock, is another milestone in a legendary career that shows no signs of slowing down.

You know the resume. Barely out of his knickers, Steve and his older brother Muff joined the Spencer Davis Group in 1963. A child prodigy, Winwood played the Hammond B3 organ with the wizardry of Jimmy Smith, could pick the blues like Peter Green and throw down a bass run as thick as James Jamerson. But oh, that voice -- choir boy clarity mixed with Ray Charles grit and soul. With “Stevie” at the helm, the Spencer Davis Group racked up four top hits in the U.K., “Gimme Some Lovin’,” “Keep on Running,” “Somebody Help Me” and “I’m A Man,” the last song featuring Winwood’s future bandmates Jim Capaldi and Chris Wood’s party vocals in the background.



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