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Friday, May 12, 2017

Malaco Records artist: Mr. Sipp - Knock A Hole In It - New Release Review

I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Knock A Hole In It, by Mr. Sipp and it's a hot funky blues rocker. Mr. Sipp is the the alter ego of gospel guitarist, Castro Coleman and he's a force to be reckoned with. Opening with title track, Knock A Hole In It, Castro Coleman, vocalist and lead guitar player really shows fire with this band. Jeffrey Flanagan on bass, Carrol McLaughlin on organ and Stanley Dixon create an extremely heavy bottom for Coleman to romp and romp he does. Excellent! With up tempo R&B track, Bad Feeling, Coleman is charging vocally and with driving guitar riffs. The supporting organ work of McLaughlin is super over the solid bottom of bass and drums. Dropping back into the slot, Stalking Me is a grooving R&B track. Sounds along the Sam and Dave line, Coleman shows his roots in R&B but shows definite rock influences in rock, especially Hendrix. With a great, SRV style guitar lope, Gotta Let Her Go, is a super blues rocker with stinging blues riffs. Smelly, funky guitar riffs set the pace on Going Down, firmly reinforced by McLaughlin's organ. With a lumbering bass and drum line and fiery guitar licks, this track is smoking. On Soulful, blues ballad, Baby Your Mine, Coleman shows not only his soulful vocals but his fluid blues guitar runs for a solid radio track. One of my favorite tracks on the release is Turn Up, a deep track with exceptional feel,tension and gripping guitar work. In the path of Marvin Gaye, Love Yourself has a real cool R&B feel. Driven by the bass work of Flanagan and exceptional vocals of Coleman, backed by The Jackson Horns (Kimble Funches on trumpet, Jessie Primer III on sax, Robert Lamkin on trombone) this track is smooth. Wrapping the release is an extremely lively cover of Jimi Hendrix's Little Wing. With a bit of orchestration this band really lays out a great eight minute plus workout on this always stellar track. Coleman hits the key blues notes at just the right angle and his lead runs are fluid and meaningful. An abnormally interpretive take on the National Anthem closes the track and leaves your head spinning.  I really like this release and suggest you check it out...definitely! 

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