The Sons & Daughters Of Paramus

The Ed Palermo Big Band with Jimmy Vivino & Felix Cabrera
Live at the Museum of Science & Earth
New York City, December 7, 2007

Photos by Bernard Ente, text by Martin Brooks

Ed Palermo Big Band

The Ed Palermo Big Band once again playing the music of Paul Butterfield and Mike Bloomfield. This event was broadcast live on WBGO, New York.

Because they never had hit singles, you never hear much today about Paul Butterfield and Mike Bloomfield. But when girl groups and novelty records dominated the charts and about the most sophisticated pop music one could get on the radio was early Beatles and Stones and acoustic Dylan, Paul Butterfield was celebrating the music of Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf and Little Walter with shocking drive and power.

Butterfield’s first album was released in 1965 and still sounds great today. It was heavily influential and caused a rexamination of black blues music, especially electric Chicago blues. It featured Butterfield, lead guitarist Mike Bloomfield, Elvin Bishop, Jerome Arnold on bass, ex-Muddy Waters drummer Sam Lay and Mark Naftalin on keyboards. In 1966, with East-West, a groundbreaking album, Butterfield begain to explore not only the blues, but the musical influences of other cultures, especially eastern music. By late ’67, Bloomfield left the band to form The Electric Flag, a horn band. At around the same time, Paul Butterfield reconfigured his group to feature horns. The new group featured Butterfield, Bishop, Naftalin, new bass player Bugsy Maugh, percussionist Phil Wilson, and a horn section comprising of Gene Dinwiddie, David Sanborn and Keith Johnson

Meanwhile, Bloomfield’s Electric Flag featured vocalist Nick Gravenities, Dylan session player Harvey (Goldstein) Brooks, keyboardist Barry Goldberg, drummer Buddy Miles (later to play with Hendrix in A Band of Gypsys) and a horn section comprising of Peter Strazza, Herbie Rich, Stemzie Hunter and Marcus Doubleday,

Due to personal problems and the pressures of the road, the Flag only lasted for one album. (A second album released under the Flag’s name was actually the Buddy Miles Express.) The band resurrected itself and a few years later released The Band Played On, on Atlantic Records, but the magic was gone.

Unfortunately, the band’s main effort, A Long Time Comin’, was not recorded all that well and neither was their performance at the Monterey Music Festival. Hopefully, Columbia Legacy will one day remaster the recordings from the original multitracks and give the band the sound it deserves.

Until that day, we have Ed Palermo, Jimmy Vivino and Felix Cabrera to thank for keeping that sound alive.

Ed Palermo Big Band Ed Palermo Big Band

Photos Copyright 2007 © by Bernard Ente. Text by Marty Brooks






Set List - American Museum of Natural History - Dec 7, 2007:

Set One
1. I Hate Everybody
2. Rainy Day, Dream Away (Hendrix)
3. Lovin’ Cup (Butterfield)
4. Driftin’ Blues (Brown-Moore-Williams)
5. Another Country (R. Polte)
6. Boom Boom (Hooker)

Set Two (The Live WBGO Broadcast) :
7. Nutrocker
8. Killin’ Floor (C. Burnett)
9. Walkin’ By Myself (Lane)
10. Walkin’ Blues (Johnson)
11. You Don’t Realize (Bloomfield)
12. One More Heartache (Robinson-White-Moore-Rogers-Tarplin)
13. Drivin’ Wheel (R. Sykes)
14. Work Song (N. Adderley)
15. Love Disease (Dinwiddie)
16. Texas (Miles-Bloomfield)
17. Wine (Trad.)



Selected Discography



The Original Lost Elektra Sessions (recorded Dec 1964, released 1995)

The Paul Butterfield Blues Band

Paul Butterfield, Mike Bloomfield, Elvin Bishop, Jerome Arnold, Sam Lay, Mark Naftalin. Produced by Paul A. Rothchild

Good Morning Little School Girl, Just To Be With You, Help Me, Hate To See You Go, Poor Boy, Nut Popper #1, Everything’s Gonna Be All Right, Lovin’ Cup, Rock Me, It Hurts Me Too, Our Love Is Driftin’, Take Me Back Baby, Mellow Down Easy, Ain’t No Need To Go No Further, Love Her With A Feeling, Piney Brown Blues, Spoonful, That’s All Right, Goin’ Down Slow



The Paul Butterfield Blues Band (1965)

The Paul Butterfield Blues Band

Paul Butterfield, Mike Bloomfield, Elvin Bishop, Jerome Arnold, Sam Lay, Mark Naftalin. Produced by Paul Rothchild w/ the assistance of Mark Abramson

Born In Chicago, Shake Your Money-Maker, Blues With A Feeling, Thank You Mr. Poobah, I Got My Mojo Working, Mellow Down Easy, Screamin’, Our Love Is Drifting, Mystery Train, Last Night, Look Over Yonders Wall



East-West (1966)

The Paul Butterfield Blues Band

Paul Butterfield, Mike Bloomfield, Elvin Bishop, Jerome Arnold, Billy Davenport, Mark Naftalin. Produced by Paul A. Rothchild & Mark Abramson. Mary, Mary produced by Barry Friedman.

Walkin’ Blues, Get Out of My Life, Woman, I Got A Mind To Give Up Living, All These Blues, Work Song, Mary, Mary, Two Trains Running, Never Say No, East-West



The Resurrection of Pigboy Crabshaw (1967)

The Butterfield Blues Band

Paul Butterfield, Elvin Bishop, Mark Naftalin, Bugsy Maugh, Phil Wilson, Gene Dinwiddie, Dave Sanborn, Keith Johnson. Produced by John Court

One More Heartache, Driftin’ and Driftin’, Pity The Fool, Born Under A Bad Sign, Run Out of Time, Double Trouble, Drivin’ Wheel, Droppin’ Out, Tollin’ Bells.



In My Own Dream (Aug 1968)

The Butterfield Blues Band

Paul Butterfield, Elvin Bishop, Mark Naftalin, Bugsy Maugh, Phillip Wilson, Keith Johnson, Gene Dinwiddie, Dave Sanborn w/guest Al Kooper. Produced by John Court.

Last Hope’s Gone, Mine To Love, Get Yourself Together, Just To Be With You, Morning Blues, Drunk Again, In My Own Dream



Keep On Moving (1969)

The Butterfield Blues Band

Paul Butterfield, Buzzy Feiten, Gene Dinwiddie, Phil Wilson, Dave Sanborn, Keith Johnson, Rod Hicks, Steve Madaio. Produced by Jerry Ragavoy

Love March, No Amount of Loving, Morning Sunrise, Losing Hand, Walking By Myself, Except You, Love Disease, Where Did My Baby Go, All In A Day, So Far So Good, Buddy’s Advice, Keep On Moving



Sometimes I Just Feel Like Smilin’ (1971)

The Butterfield Blues Band

Paul Butterfield, Gene Dinwiddie, Rod Hicks, Ralph Wash, Dennis Whitted, Bobby Hall, Ted Harris, George Davidson, Trevor Lawrence, Dave Sanborn, Steve Madaio, Big Black. Background vocals: Clydie King, Merry Clayton, Vanetta Fields, Oma Drake. Produced by Paul A. Rothchild

Play On, 1000 Ways, Pretty Woman, Little Piece of Dying, Song for Lee, Trainman, Night Child, Drowned In My Own Tears, Blind Leading the Blind



The Butterfield Blues Band Live (recorded March 1970 - orig released 1971) [2-disc CD edition]

The Butterfield Blues Band

Paul Butterfield, George Davidson, Gene Dinwiddie, Rod Hicks, Ralph Wash, Ted Harris, Trevor Lawrence, Steve Madaio. Produced by Todd Rundgren

Everything Going To Be Alright, Love Disease, The Boxer, No Amount of Loving, Driftin’ and Driftin’, Number Nine, I Want To Be With You, Born Under A Bad Sign, Get Together Again, So Far,So Good. Special edition bonus tracks: Gene’s Tune, Nobody’s Fault But Mine, Losing Hand, All In A Day, Feel So Bad, Except You, You’ve Got To Love Her With A Feeling, Love March



An Anthology - The Elektra Years (released 1997)

The Paul Butterfield Blues Band

Paul Butterfield, Elvin Bishop, Jerome Arnold, Sam Lay, Mike Bloomfield, Mark Naftalin, Bugsy Maugh, Phillip Wilson, Keith Johnson, Gene Dinwiddie, David Sanborn, Al Kooper, John Court, Buzz Feiten, Rod Hicks, Steve Madaio, Trevor Lawrence, Ted Harris

Born In Chicago, Lovin’ Cup, One More Mile, Off the Wall, Nut Popper #1, Ain’t No Need To Go No Further / It’s Too Late Brother, Born In Chicago, Shake Your Money Maker, Blues With A Feeling, Thank You Mr. Poobah, Our Love Is Drifting, Mystery Train, Last Night, Walkin’ Blues, I Got A Mind To Give Up Living, Work Song, All These Blues, East-West, One More Heartache, Double Trouble, Last Hope’s Gone, Mornin’ Blues, Just To Be With You, Get Yourself Together, In My Own Dream, Love March, Walking By Myself, Love Disease, Everything’s Gonna Be Alright, Driftin’ & Driftin’, Blind Leading the Blind, Song For Lee



A Long Time Comin’ (1968)

The Electric Flag - An American Music Band

Michael Bloomfield, Harvey Brooks, Buddy Miles, Nick Gravenities, Stemzie Hunter, Marcus Doubleday, Peter Strazza, Herbie Rich w/ guests Sivuca, Barry Goldberg, Mike Fonfara, John Court, Richie Havens, Joe Church, Paul Beaver, Bob Notkoff, Julius Held, Leo Daruczek, George Brown, Charles McCracken. Produced by John Court

Killing Floor, Groovin’ Is Easy, Over-Lovin’ You, She Should Have Just, Wine, Texas, Sittin’ In Circles, You Don’t Realize, Another Country, Easy Rider. CD Bonus Tracks: Sunny, Mystery, Look Into My Eyes, Goin’ Down Slow



The Electric Flag (1968)

The Electric Flag

Harvey Brooks, Terry Clements, Marcus Doubleday, Virgil Gonsalves, Nick Gravenites, Stemsy Hunter, Buddy Miles, Herbie Rich, John Simon, Roger Troy. Hershal Wright

Soul Searchin’, Sunny, With Time There Is Change, Nothing to Do, See To Your Neighbor, Qualified, Hey Little Girl, Mystery, My Woman Hangs Around the House



The Band Kept Playing (1974)

The Electric Flag

Michael Bloomfield, Buddy Miles, Nick Gravenities, Barry Goldberg, Roger (Jellyroll) Troy w/ guests Richard Newell, George Terry, Richard Tee, Albhy Galuten, Barry Beckett, Nick Marrero, The Bonnaroo Horns, The Muscle Shoals Horns. Produced by Jerry Wexler

Sweet Soul Music, Every Now and Then, Sudden Change, Earthquake Country, Doctor Oh Doctor (Massive Infusion), Lonely Song, Make Your Move, Inside Information, Talkin’ Won’t Get It, The Band Kept Playing



Performances from the Butterfield Blues Band and the Electric Flag can also be heard on The Monterey International Pop Festival 2-CD and 4-CD editions and the Electric Flag can be heard on the soundtracks of The Trip and You Are What You Eat.


Bob Dylan

The Butterfield Blues Band and Al Kooper playing with Bob Dylan at Newport in 1965
To great controversy, Bob Dylan played electric at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival with (L-R) Mike Bloomfield, Jerome Arnold, Dylan, Al Kooper. Sam Lay is playing drums behind Arnold and keyboard player Barry Goldberg is out of camera range. The seated person is unknown. Butterfield, Bloomfield, Arnold and Lay were members of the Butterfield Blues Band. Bloomfield and Kooper would play together on Supersession and The Live Adventures of Mike Bloomfield and Al Kooper. Barry Godlberg would be an occasional member of Bloomfield’s Electric Flag.


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