Quintus Daryl Mac Cormick

b. 1957 in Detroit (Michigan)

HEY JODIE

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November 2008

Né à Detroit, il se fixe à Chicago en 1978. Il fait ses études au Columbia College d'où il sort diplômé. Quintus démarre sa carrière musicale à la fin des années 80 avec J.W. Williams et accompagne occasionnellement "Lefty" Dizz, James Cotton et A.C. Reed. Ayant formé son groupe au milieu des années 90, il devient l'attraction régulière du Kingston Mines. Capable de composer des titres variés entre Soul-Blues et Chicago Blues pour ce premier album, Quintus s'y révèle aussi un guitariste inspiré. La production est assuré par Robert Koester, Steve Wagner et Quintus lui-même. Derrière lui, on trouve un groupe de premier plan : Roosevelt Purifoy, Lovely Fuller Jr, Ted Reynolds, Jeremiah Thomas ainsi que les Chicago Horns et des choristes. Plusieurs titres sortent du lot : "Get you some business", "You should learn from this", "Fifty fifty", "I'm alright now", "Get that now", "Piano Texas blues".

Born in Detroit, he settled in Chicago in 1978. He studied at Columbia College where he graduated. Quintus starts his musical career in the late 80's with J.W. Williams and occasionally accompanies "Lefty" Dizz, James Cotton and A.C. Reed. Having formed his band in the mid-90's, he became the regular attraction at Kingston Mines. Quintus was able to compose various titles between Soul-Blues and Chicago Blues for this first album. He also revealed himself as an inspired guitarist. Production is assured by Robert Koester, Steve Wagner and Quintus himself. Behind him, there is a first-rate backing band : Roosevelt Purifoy, Lovely Fuller Jr, Ted Reynolds, Jeremiah Thomas, the Chicago Horns and chorus singers. "Get you some business", "You should learn from this", "Fifty fifty", "I'm alright now", "Get that now", "Piano Texas blues".

PUT IT ON ME

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2010

Le disque s'ouvre sur deux superbes morceaux "You just using me" et "Talk baby". On remarque aussi la ballade soul cuivrée "Same old feeling", "Love land" entre R&B et Soul, "Put it on me" mais le reste du programme s'avère largement moins convaincant. Le groupe de Quintus est compact et attentif : John Chorney, Vic Jackson, Jeremiah Thomas. On note aussi les participations de Billy Branch et des Chicago Horns.

This disc opens on two beautiful songs "You just using me" and "Talk baby". We can also point out the soul ballad "Same old feeling", "Love land" between R&B and Soul, "Put it on me", but the rest of the program is much less convincing. The Quintus group is compact and attentive : John Chorney, Vic Jackson, Jeremiah Thomas. Billy Branch and the Chicago Horns are also participating.

STILL CALLED THE BLUES

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October - November 2011

Co-produit par Steve Wagner et Quintus Mac Cormick avec ses musiciens habituels. On trouve un bon équilibre entre compositions personnelles ("I gotta go", "It won't work") et reprises pertinentes ("What's good for the goose", "Still called the blues"). On regrette néanmoins les excès de guitare de "Everybody knows about my good thing" et d'autres titres assez plats. A la suite de l'enrgistrement de cet album, Quintus est invité à faire sa première tournée en Europe en 2011 (notamment au Lucerne Blues Festival). Malheureusement, en novembre 2013, Quintus a connu de sérieux problèmes médicaux qui l'ont éloigné de son activité de musicien.

Co-produced by Steve Wagner and Quintus Mac Cormick with his usual musicians. We find a good balance between personal compositions ("I gotta go", "It won't work") and relevant covers ("What's good for the goose," "Still called the blues"). Nevertheless, we regret the guitar excesses of "Everybody knows about my good thing" and some other fairly flat titles. Following the recording of this album, Quintus is invited to make his first tour in Europe in 2011 (notably at the Lucerne Blues Festival). Sadly, in november 2013, Quintus experienced serious medical problems that removed him from his musical activity.