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Monday, January 21, 2013

Pinoy Blues Jam - New Release Review

I just received a copy of Pinoy Blues Jam,  a recording made at Roadhouse Manila Bay featuring various regional blues bands. First up is Dr. Crowley, a blues rock band on the province of Cavite. Opening with rock n roll classic New Orleans DC brings it with full horn section getting the audience hot and ready. Ngiti has a more tropical feel but retaining a blues feel. Next up is Bleu Rascals featuring Paul Marmey Leobrera on lead guitar and vocal, Spencer Rymonte on bass and vocals and John Jason Garcia on drums and vocals. Opening with A Better Man, BR demonstrate their study of the blues with traditional blues riffs and phrasing. On a ripping version of Couldn't Stand The Weather they further demonstrate the power that they have harnessed. 69 Proof featuring Butch Montejo (lead vocal), Arwin Querubin (bass and vocals), Aldos "Bishop" Ramento (percussion and vocal), Stephen "The Ambassador" Lazam (lead guitar and vocal)and Carlo "Cigar" Manalo (drums). Playing three tracks, Evil Eyes, Killing Time and Till The Night Is Over, 69P demonstrates their ability to innovate the blues putting on quite an interesting set. I particularly enjoy the guitar work and performance on these tracks. Ian Lofamia Band featuring Ian Lofamia (harp and vocals), Arvin Austria (guitar), Ejae Mercado on drums and Oliver Salaysay on bass. A three track set: Play The Blues, Kaibigan and That's What Makes Me A Man shows that ILB has captured the spirit of the blues with slick harp riffs, cool vocals and hot guitar riffs. Sangre Blues Revival features Alcoholex Quebral (lead vocal and harp), Johnblues De Zuniga (lead and rhythm guitars), Burnblebyl Cuenca (bass and backing vocal)and Rexwoodstock Vargas (drums) playing ripping versions of Boom Boom, Got My Mojo Working and Roadhouse Rock. Outstanding harp, guitar and vocal supported by a tight band. Next up Tarantulas features Joonie Centeno (vocal and harp), Popoy Uy (lead and rhythm guitar), King Baldoz (bass) and Japs Reyes on drums. Playing U Turn, Dahan Dahan and Didi shows funk, pop and blues. This band has got to be a lot of fun in concert. The last band is Plug featuring Emy Rodil (vocal), Chester Manalang (guitar), Rusty Magcalas (drums)and John Marin Flores (Bass). Playing Blues Be With You and Slow Burn, Plug closes the set nicely with power style blues rock in the manner of Mountain. This is a real cool set of bands and I hope that we hear more from them.

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