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Thursday, July 24, 2014
Deep Rush Records artist: Dexter Allen - Bluez Of My Soul - New Release Review
I just received the newest release, Bluez Of My Soul, from Dexter Allen and it's hot! Opening with southern country blues funky track, Coming From Mississippi, Allen has you squirming in your seat leading the way with his own solid vocals and joined by Bobby Rush on harp. Joey Robinson lays down a snappy drum rhythm and Allen compliments himself nicely on lead guitar. Ride This Train, pushed along by Rush on harp, has a spiritual feel... you can almost feel the tent rising with excitement. Allen breaks loose with a few tight guitar riffs but this track is all about lifting the spirit with music. Still Called The Bluez has a real nice slow blues slide to it. A R&B style track with beautiful vocal work and hot guitar chaser makes this definitely one of the best tracks on the release. With the feel of BB King and the funky chop style of WWW this track is way cool. Monk Donky has a fast funk sound not unlike Robert Parker. letting the guitar out for a walk on this track, Allen coaxes himself along like a modern James Brown. Another slow blues track, Come Out And Play, draws Allen's soul out through his fingers. Accompanied by Joey Robinson on keys, Allen squeezes the fretboard for every last drop of soul. Very nice! Have A Party has a lighter, jazzier R&B feel with a balance of guitar, drums, lead and backing vocals. Bluez Party is a cool swing blues track... you can almost see BB King popping his palm with his fist. Allen has a cool voice and knows how to play call and response with his guitar. Robinson takes a nice key solo on this track warming up the bottom and Allen stretches it out a bit with a solo of his own. Nicely written and arranged Allen rocks this one. Deep Inside is a real nice soul rooted blues track with just the perfect balance of soul vocals, horn accompaniment and hot blues guitar riffs. Excellent! Pudding and Rice is a rocky R&B number with a cool hook. I Doubt It is a funky pop track with a cool guitar chaser. This is the track that could most easily cross radio lines for broad audience appeal. Wrapping the release is soul track, That Same Thing. Allen has a warm soulful voice, a cool sense of style and a hot guitar hand. Very nice compliment.
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