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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Patti Parks - Cheat'n Man - New release Review

I just received the most recent release, Cheat'n Man from Patti Parks. Parks is a dynamic singer with a tight band. Opening with Baby Don't You Know a swing tune, with healthy hor work from Gerry Youngman (trumpet), Nick Salamone (tenor sax), Bob Miers (trombone) and Paul Vanacore (bari sax). On slower paced ballad, Happy You're Mine, Salamone again steps up with to fluid sax runs. On boogie track, Back Off, Sam Guarino, Carol Jean Swist and Pete Holguin add cool backing vocals and Charles Buffamonte lays down a nice guitar solo. Carol Jean Swist adds a nice bed of piano and Mike Phelps keeps the botton particularly tight on drums. It Ain't Right is a slower Texas style blues with some of the hottest guitar work on the release. Buffamonte really rips it up on this track... take note. MaMa is a simple ballad featuring primarily Parks vocals with clean piano work from Ken Kauffman and Roman Mckinulov on cello. Title track Cheat'n Man is a sassy bluesy number featuring Boby Serette on tenor sax. Nick Veltri carries the bottom on this track (bass) and Guy Nirelli on organ offers strong support when Buffamonte cuts loose on guitar. On Everyday Veltri adds a cool walking bass line tight with Holguin on drums. Swist lays out some nice piano riffs opposite Nirelli on organ and Buffamonte is again on top of his game with the guitar. What I Had To Be has a chugging R&B sound with a lot of pushing horns. Gary Mallaber takes the drums on this track and Jimmy Ehinger handles the piano nicely. John Riggi steps up with a few slick riffs of his own on this track on guitar. Wrapping the release is Whatcha Gonna Do has a real strut with a show tune kind of feel. Youngman, Salamone, Vanacore and Miers set a warm backing on horns and Salamone takes a particularly hot tenor solo.

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