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Thursday, December 13, 2018

Blooming Tunes Music artist: Diane Durrett - Diane Durrett & Soul Suga Live - New Release Review


I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Diane Durrett & Soul Suga Live from Diane Durrett and it's a funky, soul drenched live outing. Opening with Bright Side, Durrett on vocal and guitar with sassy Billy Preston like organ work by Yoel B'nai Yehuda, with solid trombone work from Wes Funderburke, Gregg Shapiro on bass, Markham on guitar and Melissa Junebug on drums as well as rich backing vocals by Adam McKnight and Debra Reese. It Is What It Is is a cool soul track with a nice melody and gritty, Macy Gray like texture. For me Funderburke's trombone really shines on this track. Excellent! Wish It Would Rain is a really nice soulful ballad and the best showcase for Durrett's voice on the release. Backed by McKnight and Reese, this track is very strong. Smooth soul track, Be Somebody's Angel has super radio potential and with it's warm vocals and organ work. Very nice. Super New Orleans dripping, Sassy Larue has a strong drum driven beat and total trombone domination with firm organ bottom and a bounce bass beat. Very cool. Porter's Summertime gives Funderburke another excellent opportunity to shine and he makes this track his own. Killer. Wrapping the release is crowd favorite, Woohoo, a swinging blues shuffle with driving organ and piano, a rowdy trombone solo and the band really rolling. Solid closer for a solid release. 

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Wednesday, December 12, 2018

David Lumsden & Friends - Hues of Blues - New Release Review

I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Hues of Blues, from David Lumsden & Friends and it's got a mix of tracks to show off  Lumsden's guitar chops. On Earl Hooker's, You Got To Lose, Lumsden leads on vocal and guitar, backed by Tim Bahn on organ, Wayne carter on piano, Gary Davis on bass and Arthur Carey Sr. on drums. Cool shuffle, You're Ruining My Bad Reputation, written by Denise La Salle features Wayne Carter on lead vocal, giving Lumsden free rein to play slide. Nice job. Pulling out the eccentric Jeff Beck instrumental, Brush With the Blues, Lumsden not only demonstrates his solid guitar chops but his excellent listening influences. Memphis Minnie's What's The Matter With The Mill features Reggie Britton on lead vocal and drums with a great driving pace and Steve Mehlberg on harp. One of my favorite tracks on the release, Raised Me Right, features super vocals by Mary Jo Curry and fat fat slide work by Lumsden. Very nice. Willie Newbern's Rollin' and Tumblin' has a rocky feel with a blend of Jeff Beck's arrangement and some heavy handed drumming giving the track a strong edge and slicing guitar riffs by Lumsden. very cool. A solid cover of Hoagy Carmichael's Georgia featuring Wayne Carter on vocal and piano adds one more to the list of sloid covers, closing with Led Zeps Rain Song, all instrumental with Lumsden on acoustic guitar,  Andon Davis on slide, Gary davis on keys and Jim Engel on drums. A real nice closer for a solid release. 

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