This is the best contemporary James Cotton
album gracing the shelves, thanks to its ingenious formatting: half the set places Cotton
in a traditional setting beside guitarist Magic Slim
, pianist Pinetop Perkins
, and a solid rhythm section; the other half pairs him with a contemporary combo featuring guitarist Michael Coleman
's swift licks and a three-piece horn section. Both combinations click on all burners. High Compression
includes the scorching theme song "Superharp."