Singer and harp player Wallace Coleman first met Robert Lockwood Jr. in 1985. They became fast friends, with Coleman playing in the local bluesman's band for a decade. Coleman recalls their friendship in "Robert Jr.," the anchor to this 10-song set dedicated to his late pal. Blues in the Wind pays tribute to the Cleveland legend in songs like the somber title track and the sarcastic "Too Much Time on My Hands." Other highlights include the juke-joint jam "Uptown Blues" and the swaggering piano-harmonica ballad "Sinking Sun." The album's weakest track, a cover of Sting's "Fields of Gold," proves that Coleman is much better when he sticks to his own material or the traditional tunes he used to play with his friend. — Jeff Niesel
Wallace Coleman performs at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 16, at Fat Fish Blue. Tickets: $8; call 216-875-6000 or go to fatfishblue.com.