|Sayman! CD Liner Notes
AFTER 20 YEARS as the bass player for one of America's hardest working blues organizations (The Mighty Flyers) Bill Stuve needs little in the way of an introduction to followers of that musical genre. Stuve's unique "Dog House" String Bass Style has been on display in thousands of venues throughout America and the world. From smokey jazz clubs in every corner of the globe to world class appearances at the European sites like The North Sea Jazz Festival (Holland). The Stockholm (Sweden) Jazz Festival, The Belgium Rhythm & Blues Festival (Peer, Belgium), as well as major venues in Japan and Australia.
At home in the states, Bill has used the hectic touring schedule of the Mighty Flyers (Mention a blues club, blues concert or festival, and The Flyers have played it) to fine-tune his musical skills as a player, singer and songwriter. In 1990 he formed his own Upright/Allnight Productions and recorded his first solo album "Big Noise" (Tramp TRCD 9906).
Six years later, Stuve's “Say Man!” is a package of 14 jump and R&B tunes (five of which are Stuve originals). This album has an all star line up of west coast blues favorites including fellow Flyer Rick (L.A. Holmes) Holmstrom (guitar), along with appearances by harmonica ace Johnny Dyer sax players Big Jay McNeely, Jeff Turmes, Louis Taylor and Dave Moody, along with guitarist Joel Foy, and drummers Richard Innes and Jimi Bott. The vocals, string bass, and executive production chores were taken care of by Stuve himself along with producer Eddie Reed. The entire project was recorded in the “Live in the studio style of the early Chess and Sun Records” days. While he has no intention of giving up his “Day Job” with The Mighty Flyers, with “Say Man!”, Stuve has stepped back in the “Solo” spotlight for another minute or two.
An out of sight contribution from the West Coast, sure to get some bodies out there movin’
-- Robert Pierce Mercer, 1997