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Thursday, February 16, 2017

Tom Craig and Soul Patch - Get Ready For Me - New Release Review

I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Get Ready For Me, by Tom Craig and Soul Patch and it's got a good vibe. Opening with Louita, a light funky track has a cool horn round and traces of David Bromberg bones. This track has a smoking hot sax solo really kickin it off right. Backing Tom Craig on guitar and vocal is John O'Connell on drums, Rando Branning on bass, Eric Johnson on organ, Vince Gleason on tenor sax, Mark Gallagher on bari sax, Dan Young on alto sax, Sean McClusker on trombone abd Skyler Hagner on bari sax. Can't Stop Thinking About You is one of my choice tracks on the release with a cool bass line and solid horn work, complimented by Mikey Jr. on harp. Captain Funk is a cool loosely jazzy track with sexy sax work and a tight jazzy guitar solo giving it plenty of juice. The blusiest track on the release, Please Forgive Me Baby, has really solid lead vocal and strong guitar feel. With Johnson's organ holding the line and the ever warm horn backing, this is my favorite on the release. Funky rocker, Tornado, has a really cool rhythm and Craig's vocals, balanced by organ and horn make for a nice mix. Shuffle track, I Can't Help Myself, has a commercial feel with a good hook, swinging sax and clever lyrics. R&B track, Nothin' That A Man Can't Do, is high energy with an aggressive bass line and tight horn backing. Wrapping the release is soul track, Every Woman, featuring Craig on some of the best vocals on the release. Holding down the tempo and leaving a lot of head space for vocals is really effective and a soulful sax solo stands tall over subtle instrumentation. Nice closer for a cool release.

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1 comment:

  1. Listening to "Please Forgive Me Baby" gives me the feeling im sitting in a smokey honky tonk blues bar, and my vision is only in old Black & White, BB King is the bartender, Muddy Waters is in the background playing Stevie Ray Vaughn in a game of 8 ball. And Soul Patch is on stage playing this song? Man this is Hardcore old school Blues right here!!

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