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Thursday, June 29, 2017

Guy Belanger - Traces & Scars - New Release Review

I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Traces & Scars, from Guy Belanger, showcasing his talents as a composer, band leader and harmonica player. Opening with My Dearest Friend, a crisp instrumental, Belanger shows why he is so highly regarded as a serious harmonica player, joined by Rob McDonald on guitar. Picking up the pace on Better Days and with a bluesier sound, Belanger maintains tight technique over nice guitar and lap steel work by Andre Lachance by  and percussion by Michel Roy. Little Heart is a real nice ballad featuring particularly sensitive vocal and harmonica by Belanger making it my radio pick for the release. Rocker, See The Light,  featured some really tasty electric guitar soloing by Kaven Girouard with bass by Marc-Andre Drouin and drums by Michel Roy. Funky jazz tune, Common Ground, showcases Rob McDonald on guitar with Lachance and Belanger giving it a real springy feel. Luce Dufault takes the mic for solid ballad, Who's Left Standing, with smooth lap steel playing by Lachance and harmonica voicing by Belanger. With a western flavor, Nitassinan features nice interplay between Lachance on acoustic guitar, Belanger on harmonica and Paul Picard on percussion. Wrapping the release is Hot Time, a reggae form rhythmed track with snappy percussion and interesting guitar work by Lachance supporting the lead harmonica of Belanger. Very nice. 

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