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Thursday, February 9, 2012

New I55 Productions artist: Fred Sanders - I Believe - Review

I have just had the opportunity to review Fred Saunders newest recording I Believe and it's definitely worth the listen. Fact is I've listened to it a number of times. This 10 track release is written or co written by Sanders and his years of playing with BB King, Albert King and Bobby Blue Bland were obviously not in idle. Saunders puts out a strong release of diverse styles blues. The opening track, Stop Foolin' Around has a strong Texas swing. Another track, I Think About You Baby has a little New Orleans flavor with some tasty guitar soloing. Time Out takes this to the next step with an all instrumental number and the band gets to stretch out a little. Very nice! Let's Dance has a creative style which moves between a soulful ballad and the jazz blues feel of Otis Rush' All Your Love . Don't Know What To Do is modeled out of the T-Bone Walker songbook and is a pretty strong Texas blues. The guitar soloing is creative but not overactive. Possibly my favorite track on the release. Blue Bolero is more of a funky jazz jam and an interesting exploration into the bands roots. Wake Up is a cool song... puts me in mind of Albert Collins. A really strong track. Hey Come On is a straight up boogie... Texas style but with less guitars that we would typically associate with contemporary Texas blues players. The release wraps it up with Red Eye Gravy, again with a funky new Orleans flavor. Another chance for the band to jam it out and stretch a bit on their instruments.

This is a fine blues album and one that I feel most of you would enjoy.
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