Saturday, March 7, 2009
The Blues Project was a Greenwich Village-based band that lasted from 1965 to 1967. With its eclectic mix of rock, jazz, blues, folk and psychedelia, one writer likened the group to a "Jewish-American equivalent to British bands like the Yardbirds, who used a blues and R&B base to explore any music that interested them." The most prominent members were keyboardist Al Kooper and lead guitarist Mike Bloomfield, who performed with Bob Dylan during his folk-rock breakthrough, including on the song "Like A Rolling Stone." The late, classically trained flutist and bassist Andy Kulberg leads the band in the instrumental "Flute Thing," whose jazz and psychedelic influences result in a meditative and hypnotic performance.