"Bluju" by Frank (Franck L.) Goldwasser has been released three times. First on the iconic California-based Delta Groove --- the label's first release --- then Germany's Crosscut and finally on Delta Groove again in a remastered version with two bonus tracks. The present version is the the first release, which was a very limited pressing and featured the artist's own artwork. It is also the best sounding one in our opinion.
Franck Goldwasser's discography is small but mighty. His release from last year, SWEET LITTLE BLACK SPIDER was one of the toughest releases of the year. These recordings from 1998-1999 are some of the best of his career. With guests GARY SMITH- JIM PUGH & RUSTY ZINN, these sessions burn through originals & well chosen covers with an intensity most contemporary releases lack. Band support is superb and the loose, but tight approach shows that Paris Slim has mastery of the sound. C.L. Bluebeat Music
Bleedin' Heart (Globe GLO-018)
Produced by Joe Louis Walker and featuring cameo appearances by Walker and Texas-bred West Coast blues guitar master Sonny Rhodes. Plenty of smoking six-string action here by Franck L. Goldwasser back in his Paris Slim phase. Syncopated dance-oriented grooves, steaming shuffles and greasy slow blues all supporting insightful original songs and carefully picked vintage favorites (Bobby Blue Bland, Elmore James, Johnny Otis) make this album a contemporary work worthy of any discriminative blues aficionado's library.
Blues For Esther
Original liner notes by Lee Hildebrand:
While attending art school in Paris, Frank Goldwasser spent most or his time painting life-sized portraits of American bluesmen. Since his move to Oakland six years ago, he now devotes his energies to living and playing the blues.
Paris Slim, as Goldwasser is known professionally, has become a vital contributor to the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Area's music scene. With his own band, as well as backing some of the genre's giants, he has emerged as a first-rate practitioner of the biting West Coast blues guitar style associated with such legends as T-Bone Walker, Lowell Fulson, Poe Wee Crayton and Lafayette “Thing” Thomas.
Born on January 6, 1960, Slim was inspired by the Beatles to take up guitar at age 15 and studied briefly with internationally known iingerpicking virtuoso Marcel Dadi. Slim then came across an album called "Natural Boogie" by Chicago bluesman Hound Dog Taylor. “That was it, ' he recalls. Slim’s father. a manufacturer of fine men's clothing may not have cared tor his son's new wardrobe - ’50’s vintage pin-striped suits - but was supportive of his new musical passion and even bought him a T-Bone Walker album. ln 1980. while Slim was in art school, Oakland bluesman Sonny Rhodes came through Paris. The two jammed together and Rhodes invited his friend to come to Oakland. After one visit, Slim returned to settle there permanently. He landed a job in Troyce Key's band at Eli's Mile High Club, then led the house band while Key took a nine-month break from performing. Among the blues singers Slim backed at Eli's were Rhodes, Jimmy McCracklin, Lowell Fulson, Percy Mayfield, Pee Wee Crayton and Big Mama Thornton. Stints as a sideman with Charlie Musselwhite, Sunnyland Slim, Mitch Woods. and McCracklin followed. For the past two and a half years, Slim has been leading the popular Blue Monday Party Band at Larry Blake's in Berkeley, having taken over tor Tim Kaihatsu when he lelt to join Robert Cray. Among the artists he has featured with the band are Elvin Bishop, Luther Tucker, Sugar Pie DeSanto, Norton Buffalo. Nick Gravenites, Linda Tillery. Mark Hummel, Cool Papa, Earl “Good Rockin'” Brown, Brenda Boykin and Ron Thompson.
Leading his own band, Slim has appeared at many other Bay Area Clubs, as well as at the 1986 San Francisco Blues Festival. His repertoire, consisting of many fine, yet
obscure tunes, is the most consistently interesting of any blues performer in the area.
For his debut album. Slim has pulled together a stellar cast of supporting musicians and selected some outstanding songs. Of special historical note is “Blue Shadows,” a number originally recorded by Lowell Fulson for the Swingtime label. Earl Brown, the stylistic link between Louis Jordan and Hank Crawlord, was the alto saxophonist on the Fulson session and appears here, his searing sound undiminished by the three decades between.
From the opening shuttle strains of Robert Nighthawk's “Someday” through the intense "Tribute to Lowell” (actually a reworking of Fulson’s classic instrumental, “Guitar Shuttle”) that closes Blues for Esther, Paris Slim's album olfers positive proof of why Soul Bag magazine editor Jacques Perin. on a recent trip to Oakland. called him “one
of the most accomplished and inspired guitarists on today's California scene.”
Can't Raise Me 3:570:00/3:57
Blue Shadows 5:580:00/5:58
Bad Kid 1:470:00/1:47
Let Me Love You Baby 3:210:00/3:21
Early In The Morning 3:500:00/3:50
High And Lonesome 3:380:00/3:38
Paris Slim 2:340:00/2:34
Don't You Lie To Me 3:590:00/3:59