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Monday, July 2, 2018

Big Jake records artist: Paul Filipowicz - Unfiltered - New Release Review - video

I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Unfiltered, from Paul Filipowicz and it's terrific. Opening with Magic Sam's Everything Gonna Be Alright, Filipowicz picks up where he left off on Rough Neck Blues Live with his raw but focused blues attack. Filipowicz doesn't have a "Star Search" voice but this guy has grit and feel and I love it! His guitar playing isn't clean but it has real feel with pinched harmonics, chord bends and max blues. Joined by Benny Rickum on harp, Chris Sandoval on drums, and Rick Smith on bass, this band is serious. Excellent opener. Original track, Brand New Hat could easily have been written in the Mississippi Hill Country with it's driving bass line and the blues are deep with Albert Collins like bends, terrific phrasing and sumptuous horn backing by Tom Sobel on sax and Jack Naus on trumpet. Super! Instrumental title track, Unfiltered, has a Freddie King feel with underlying rock structure but the guitar work is all Filipowicz. Waters influenced, Canal Street, has glistening guitar chords and is a nice showcase for Rickum and Sobel. Little Milton's I Found A New Love, is another terrific track with some of Filipowicz's most expressive vocals and dynamic guitar riffs. Just listen to him dig in...what else could you want! One of my favorites on the release. Another original, My Woman, exhibits howlin' guitar riffs and an anchored beat punched up by the horn work of Sobel and Naus. Wrapping the release is R&B feel Riding High, sounding more "hill country" than Mississippi's own Mack Rice's  Mustang Sally.  Filipowicz really knows how to milk this groove. His vocals are perfect and his guitar playing stinging with super horn backing. This is an exceptional release with just a ton of vibe! If you haven't checked this guy out yet...you're missing the boat!


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