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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Josh Hoyer And The Shadowboxers- New release review

I just received the newest release, Josh Hoyer And The Shadowboxers and it's a funky house party. Opening with Shadowboxer Brian Marrow and Justin G. Jones lay down a funky groove and Joshua Hoyer introduces a great R&B style vocal. Accompanying himself on organ and with nice backing vocals from Hanna Bendler, Megan Spain and Kim Moser this track will have you squirming in your seat. Russell Zimmer (trumpet), Tommy Van Den Berg (trombone) and Michael (Dee sax) add some real nice horn backing. Close Your Eyes has a real Al Green feel with the smooth pace and clean horn work over an R&B beat. Hoyer delivers on vocal and piano and Guitarist Benny Kushner slices and dices a few nice riffs. Cool track. Illusion brings to mind the Atlanta Rhythm Section and their R&B sound with a few more lbs. This track has a bit more funk and a bit more teeth. The horn and guitar work on this track is really cool. Van Den Berg really blows a nice solo on this track. Everyday and Everynight has that signature James Brown rhythm and it's hard not to step along in time. Hoyer has a really nice voice and his backing vocalists as mentioned earlier are really smooth. With an ever developing texture this track goes beyond it's comparison to  JB with a lot of soul feel. Van Den Berg again steps up with a really tasty trombone solo. Til She's Lovin' Someone Else has that Louisiana funk with a mix of rock. The horns have a key role on this track with some Mempis feel. Hoyer really has a nice piano break on this track as does Benny Kushner on guitar. Make Time For Love is a real high stepper again along the Al Green lines. I really like this style and Hoyer takes it deep. Crisp guitar riffs from Kushner and steady drumming from Jones makes this track soar. Turning the funk up, Dirty World could be "Hot Pant"'s little sister. An funky jam with lots of horn, especially nice trombone work from Van Den Berg, slick guitar riffs from Kushner and strong feel make this a really enjoyable release. This release is definitely going into my car for further review in a few weeks. I really like this release, and although not "blues" is is a really super enjoyable recording. Nice job!

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