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Thursday, May 29, 2014

Cordova Bay records artist: David Vest - Roadhouse Revelation - New Release review

I just received the newest release, Roadhouse Revelation, from David Vest and his Willing Victims, Gary Kendall (bass), Teddy Leonard (guitar) and Mike Fitzpatrick (drums). Opening with Freight Train Rolling Fitzpatrick starts the train a rolling and southern-bred boogie woogie piano player Vest brings it on. Teddy Leonard plays a sweet country infused guitar solo firing Vest up for a really nice romp on the keys. Stand Your Ground has a more straight forward pop format with a few slick guitar interludes and a cool piano solo. Hank Williams' Ramblin' Man is kept simple with only light instrumental adornment, but with a few Williams like yodel/vocal inflections. You Came Through is a solid ballad with a nice melody. Aside from a simple guitar solo, this track keeps it straight and serious. Streetcar is a cool vintage piece reminding me a lot of Buddy Bolden Blues with cool guitar work and classic piano riffs. This is possibly my favorite track on the release. Gone Too Far has a real 50's Memphis sound with that underlying boogie piano sound. Crooked Politician is a weave of spirituals music and New Orleans gumbo. Interesting vocal delivery and perfectly directed drums by Fitzpatrick iced by Vest's piano make this track roll. Santa Fe Steamer is a full out piano boogie and expertly executed. That Happened To Me is an easy paced blues track delivered a lot like Dylan would do it. Leonard steps up and really lays down some tasty blues guitar riffs on this track and Vest isn't far behind. Nice job! Heart Full Of Rock And Roll has rocky boogie feel. Both Leonard and Vest give up solos and Kendall and Fitzpatrick rock. Wrapping the release is Pretty Things For Anne, a cool jazz piano composition. This is a fine song which would make a super backdrop for a Miles Davis solo.

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