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Marshall Chess ...
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Late Nights
Written by Chuck D. (as Carlton Ridenour), Kyle Jason, Johnny Juice Rosado (as John Rosado), Lui Lui Satterfield (as Louis Satterfield), Morris Jennings, Phil Upchurch, Pete Cosey and Gene Barge
Performed by The ElectriK Mud Kats (aka the Electric Mud Band), with vocals by Chuck D. and Kyle Jason
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Anyone For Chess? Me, I'd Rather Hear The Blues
30 January 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This turned out to be more of a tribute to Chess family, than anything else. After the first 15 minutes, I hit the pause button and looked at the back of the DVD to see who directed this film. It was Marc Levin.

Well, Levin must related to Marshall Chess because that's basically who we saw in this two-hour video. Chess telling us how cool he and his father are for giving all the blacks a forum for their music at Chess Records in Chicago. We get a tour of the area and his old man's studio, too. Along for the ride, and numerous comments is rapper Chuck D. Rapper? What is this guy doing in here? You know, God bless Marshall and his dad Leonard or giving these great musicians a fair shot at Chess Records when others wouldn't, but having the whole episode with Leonard and his rapper friend? Come's a little much and it's very annoying.

I loved seeing footage of Muddy Waters, Howlin Wolf, Buddy Guy, Jimmy Reed, Koko Taylor, Magic Slim , Otis Rush and more but, overall, thanks to way too emphasis on our "guide," this was a fair-to-lousy presentation of the "blues."

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