The brilliant Leon Rosselson is underrated only because his ideological leanings don't conform with the mainstream. He has been recording since the early 1960s, and this 4CD overview offers a superlative selection of his oeuvre, including material from vinyl albums that, unfortunately, are ever likely to be reissued in any other format. As a British songwriter, Rosselson is unequalled in the past half century. Much of his oeuvre is in the French chanson mould of Brassens, although he is invariably categorised, not surprisingly, as a folk singer. He surfaced in the early 1960s as Britain's answer to Tom Lehrer – but with a great deal more gravitas.
"The main problem associated with reviewing Tino Gonzales is that all of his recordings are so exceptional that it is difficult to decide just which one to review. His work is consistently excellent and he seems in fact to be incapable of making a poor recording. If you like blues/rock guitar, he is about as good as it gets. Tino Gonzales: A Heart Full of Blues." "A Heart full of Blues has a refreshing approach: inspired singing, sandpaper guitar work and the support of first rate musicians, such as the perennial Harvey Brooks on bass, honor a good piece of Blues-oriented Americana."
'A World of Blues,' Tino Gonzales’ fourth CD for Dixiefrog, pays tribute to the Old World roots of the blues, weaving together gypsy accordion, African and world percussion.