The Endless, Uplifting Soul of Shuggie Otis
by Dave Segal
on Thu, Sep 5, 2013 at 10:42 AM
(Neumos) The first 21 seconds of Shuggie Otis's "Inspiration Information" transmit more pleasure and soulfulness than most artists' entire outputs. Thankfully for everyone with functioning ears, this oldster on the comeback trail has about a dozen other songs with which to inflate your sense of well-being. After reports of a disastrous 2001 tour, Shuggie's Triple Door set in April came off as surprisingly sterling. He and his big band revivified old favorites like "Strawberry Letter 23," "Aht Uh Mi Hed," and "Ice Cold Daydream," and displayed instrumental dexterity and exuberant soulfulness. If some of the newer material didn't sparkle as brilliantly as the '70s material, it still carried Otis's dazzling guitar showmanship. You should see the psychedelic-soul legend who turned down a 1974 job offer from the Rolling Stones. With Jessica Hernandez & the Deltas and Rippin Chicken.