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Jazz Journal

Jazz Journal

JAZZ JOURNAL (Jan.1971)
On that first100 Club night, Larry discarded his guitar after two numbers and borrowed a Martin from his friend Roy Book Binder, who'd done a set a few minutes previously and created a mood of euphoric delight. Book Binder has flowing hair, a heavy moustache and a cowboy hat, and would resemble Wild Bill Hickok if it wasn't for the fact that he wears glasses. He played gentle melodic guitar in the Davis/Blake ragtime blues tradition, but his singing was really something else, as he performed a selection of mainly side-splitting blues in a drawling voice which broke hilariously (whether accidentally or deliberately I know not) part-way through every chorus. On this showing he's certainly the best white bluesman I've ever heard, and if he hasn't been recorded yet, somebody ought to do it, and bloody quickly. Ron Brown 
  
- Ron Brown (Jazz Journal)