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Friday, May 20, 2022

Eliza Neals: Badder To The Bone - New Release Review

 I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Badder To The Bone, from Eliza Neals and its a power blues rocker. Opening with United We Stand  with heavy tom tom's on a Bo Diddley beat by Jeffrey Fowlkes and slide guitar by Michel Puwal, Neals is on a roll. On slow blues, Queen of the Nile, Neals shows real soul on vocals, playing piano and taking names. Backed by Jason Kott on bass and Tim Grogan on drums, and featuring Lance Lopez laying down some excellent blues riffs on guitar and Peter Keys on B3, this is an excellent track. With a tango rhythm and nicely blended vocals, the stylistic guitar work of Puwal makes Bucket of Tears a real standout. Soulful, Heathen, drips with southern soul under the vocal control of Neals and with the thick B3 and piano work of John Gavin. Steve Winwood's Can't Find My Way Home is always great to hear and Neals puts her special touch on it with firm vocal lead and nice backing, topped with strong guitar lead work by Lopez. Wrapping the release is Queen of the Nile II, a foreshortened rip of the earlier track but still tasty and with excellent guitar riffs by Lopez. Excellent closer for a tasty release. 


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Thursday, May 19, 2022

Lateralize Records artist: Jo Harrop - The Heart Wants - New Release Review

 I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, The Heart Wants, from Jo Harrop, and it's a really nice jazz/blues release. Opening with title track, The Heart Wants What The Heart Wants, British vocalist, Jo Harrop shows incredible poise, as she sings this blues filled track with crystal clarity. Her phrasing is remarkable, teamed up with the piano work of Hannah Vasanth and with cool trumpet highlights by Andy Davies, backed by Tony Kofi on sax, John Spanyol on trombone, Troy Miller on drums and Christian McBride on bass. Very nice. All Too Soon is a cool, easy pop track in jazz and carried only by the bass work of McBride, Harrop shows just how easily her vocals float effortlessly on air. Really nice. Another showcase for Harrop is soulful jazz tune, I Think You'd Better Go with only light acoustic guitar by Jamie McCredie. Brilliant! Jason Rebello on piano joins Harrop on blues number, Red May Janes & A Brand New Hat with Troy Miller on drums, Jihad Darwish on bass, Debs White on violin and Julia Graham on cello. Rebello and Harrop get a great groove on this one making it one of my favorite instrumentally rich pieces on the release. If I Knew is a particularly strong track with rich lyrics. If you've been reading my notes for any period of time, you have probably caught that I'm not particularly lyric conscious but this track caught my attention. Strong lyrics and dramatic music with backing by Rebello on piano, Graham, Hillman and White on strings. Very nice. Wrapping the release is ballad, Weather The Storm, with Nicky Brown on organ, Troy Miller on Drums, McCredie on electric guitar, Vasanth on piano, Dishan Abraham on bass, and a backing vocals. This track has a radio feel and a solid capper for a very strong release. 


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