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Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Hollow Tree Records artist: Paul Winn - Live In New York City (DVD/CD) - New Release review

I just received the newest release, Live In New York City from Paul Winn and it's quite exciting. Opening with Look Around, a track with a interesting blend of 60's San Francisco and 70's England, tied together in a rock fusion. This track is a real mover with fluid jazz infused guitar work from Paul Winn, also a solid vocalist and thick meaty sax work from Adrian Cunningham joined by to active rhythm work of Simon Fishburn on drums and Neville L'Green on hot rumbling bass. Excellent! (Stilladog... you got to check this out...think a rocking IF). Everybody's Gotta Learn Sometime is a quieter, more introspective ballad. Winn has really rich guitar tone overall and it's a pleasure to just kick back and listen to his soloing. Understated bass work from L'Green and really tight drumming on this track nicely accentuate the lead vocal focus. Beat Ain't Messed With is a quick paced, blues based (One Way Out)track which is hot on it's soles but light on it's feet. Fishburn is really giving the drums a workout on this track and Cunningham lays an excellent sax lead out there followed by Winn. This is another awesome track...really! OK. You want the down side. Winn covers Eric Clapton's Lay Down Sally. The band does a fine job of covering it but it was a dead horse when Clapton rode it (here we go kicking the sacred cow). It's not my favorite but it probably made Clapton a few million. Down So Long is a cool swing blues with a walking bassline from L'Green. Winn carries the rhythm on his guitar as he sings (and he has a fine voice) but Cunningham really kicks butt on this track. (Stilladog...you listening?) Excellent! I Like A Drink is a quick little blues number with Winn accompanying his own vocal on minimal electric guitar. A cool little ditty with a jazzy side of the blues giving more dynamics to the remainder track. Nice. Wrapping the release is Leave It To Fate, a quick paced jazz rocker with strong percussive work from Fishburn and L'Green. Winn really does a nice job on vocals and Cunningham's sax work is rich and full. This track develops into a solid jam with both Cunningham and Winn taking exciting solos on their perspective instruments. Excellent closer!

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