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Thursday, December 31, 2015

Daniel DeVita - Southside Blues - New release Review

I just received the newest release, Southside Blues from Daniel DeVita and it's great! The feeling starts on the front of the cover with a blues player sitting in a dark wood trimmed room, surrounded by vintage guitars and amp equipment, holding a vintage mic and wearing blue and orange shoes. This screams old style Chicago! On yeah, and there is a mono stereo compatible note on the CD. Nice touch! This is the attention that DeVita has put into this really cool release. Opening with John Brim's, You Got Me Where You Want Me, DeVita leads on vocal and guitar, backed by Mariano D'Andrea on bass, Gabriel Cabiaglia on drums and featuring Nicolas Smoljan on harp. This track smells like Chicago! Excellent! On Little Walter's, One Of These Mornings, DeVita really lays out some tasty guitar riffs and this release is rolling. Muddy Waters' Standing Around Crying is up next and DeVita really nails it. The soulful vocals, the slinky slide and howlin' harp... excellent! Willie Dixon's Good Advice is a bit more stripped down with DeVita and Gabriel Gratzer on vocal and guitar. Simple and clean. Another John Brim track, Be Careful What You Do, really shuffles. Smoljian really digs in on harp pulling great tone and DeVita shows that he has been woodsheding his riffs because they are tight! Little Johnny Jones' Hoy Hoy has a great swing and with harp and guitar solos, this track nails it! Sonny Boy Williamson's, Cross My Heart is one of my favorite tracks on the release with excellent harp phrasing and warm guitar chords. Very nice! Robert Johnson's Walkin' Blues is kept simple and primitive with DeVita on vocal and acoustic slide guitar and Damian M Duflos on harp. This is a special track and nicely executed. Baby Face Leroy Foster's Red Headed Woman is another super showcase for Smoljan on harp and DeVita keeps it simple and tight. Very nice! Snooky Pryor's I'm Getting Tired has deep feeling and solid harp work. RL Burnside's Poor Black Mattie has an extremely rural feel. I really like the handling of this track and it's authentic feel! Sunnyland Slim's Farewell Little Girl is a cool choice giving another dimension with a more blended overall sense. Memphis Slim's Mother Earth has a really warm feel giving DeVita a super chance to dig in on guitar. This is another of my favorite tracks on the release with just that something extra special. Another Willie Dixon track, Violent Love, maintains a raw 40's style "Hot Club" sound which sets the stage nicely for a hot Sunnyland Slim Be Mine Alone wrapper. Smolian really steps up on this track joined by Mauro Diana on guitar and vocals. This is an excellent recreation of the Chicago blues sound and a record that I personally enjoy very much. Happy New Year!!

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