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Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Shining Stone Records artist: Paul Gabriel - What's the Chance - New release review

I just received the newest release (June 18, 2013), What's the Chance from Paul Gabriel and it's tight! Opening with Old Time Ball, the band is hot with smokin' hot guitar soloing from Gabriel and guitar ace Duke Robillard. Mark Early and Rich Lataille cover sax work and Doug Woolverton is on trumpet. Ride, Ride, Ride has a slower loping tempo and in addition to the two obvious guitar strength, Larry Fallstrom sits in on piano and Gabriel shows his strength vocally. Billy Bileca holds down the bass role and Nick Longo lays down a solid drum line. Title track, What's The Chance, is more of a R&B style track with smooth jazz style sax soloing. 328 Chauncy Street is a jazzy fast paced boogie with hot guitar work from Gabriel and Robillard and a great key solo from the amazing Bruce Bears... a perfect match up. A funky R&B track, Baby I Wish hits a really nice groove opening wide solo opportunities for Robillard, Gabriel and Bears. Woolverton adds some really nice texture with the trumpet. Devil's Daughter has a certain 20's blues posture like Nobody Knows You When You're Down And Out. The is a smooth relaxed blues track featuring Mark Naftalin on piano in addition to super vocals, real tasty guitar riffs from Gabriel. C.M.C. is a real smart blues/jazz instrumental track with crisp guitar lead really showing Gabriel's strength on the fretboard. Bruce Bears steps up with key piano work on this track as well. Roomful Of Blues is a slower R&B style blue track featuring some really nice vocals from Gabriel. This is the strongest "radio" track on the set and one that is likely to see a good fan following. Magic has a real strong Texas style lope with a slick guitar riff from Steve "Claude" Pastir to open the track. Fallstrom lays down some real nice B-3 work on this track which is followed by white hot guitar work from Gabriel. Spoda Be, a cool swing track, wraps the release with a envelope of harmonic vocals and horn. This is a real nice track again featuring both Gabriel and Robillard on guitars, Fallstrom on B-3 and Lataille and Earley on saxes.

This is a cool release featuring great vocals and instrumental work... and one that will keep your butt movin while you listen. Nice job!

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Here's the guitar greats together but not playing a track from this release:


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