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Friday, July 8, 2016

Epops Music artist: Mike Sponza - Ergo Sum - New release review

I just received the newest release, Ergo Sum, from Mike Sponza and I really like it. Opening with a R&B flavored Modus In Rebus, Sponza and Ian Siegal share the guitar and vocal spots with a cool texture of swamp and soul. Stinging guitar riffs, nice organ work by Dean Ross and tight rhythm by Mauro Tolot on bass and Moreno Buttinar on drums make this melodic opener a great start. Country blues rocker, Carpe Diem, pushes hard with solid structure and a real nice sax solo by Matej Kuzel. With a good dose of country and simple slices of slide guitar, Penelope has the flavor of Hey Jude, and sweet sax work by Kuzel. A definite radio track with a solid melody, this track is super. One of my favorite tracks on the release, The Thin Line, is a dark, jazzy track with Kuzel on sax, Chris Storr on trumpet and Ross on Hammond, features Dana Gillespie on lead vocal and has nicely interleaved slide work and jazz guitar chords giving it just the right amount of suspense. Very cool! Funky track, See How The Man, continues with pumped up horn work from Storr and Kuzel and a funky guitar rhythm under an almost poetic delivery of spoken lyrics. Very nice! Shuffle track, Poor Boy, is a super showpiece for Siegals's slide work and Ross does an excellent job on piano as well. Driving rhythm and a vocal duet by Sponza and Siegal gives this track a lot of spunk. Kiss Me is a solid foot stomper with solid vocals and a nice interplay between Siegal and Sponza on guitars. Wrapping the release is super soul track, Prisoner of Jealousy. Mustering vocals with Otis Redding intensity, and nicely backed by horns and Rob Cass on percussion, this is a terrific closer for a solid release.

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