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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

R.Music, Inc. artist: Bobby "Hurricane" Spencer - Hurricane Unleashed - New release review

I just received the newest release, Hurricane Unleashed, from Bobby "Hurricane" Spencer and he unleashes his hurricane of funky horn work on you. Opening with Gotta Get Back to Chicago, a blend of funk, jazz and blues, Spencer lets the juice flow on vocal and tenor sax. Andrea Balestra on guitar adds some funky rhythm and Mo Beeks rides under the track on keys. On You're All I Need, a slower R&B style track, Spencer has a more serious radio style in mind. Camarillo has a real nice swing blues feel (a la Kansas City Blues) and Spencer lays down some rich vocal leads. A real cool track Matias Alvear Fall on bass and Dario Benzoni on drums keep it tight. Lester Lands opens the track on guitar with a standard 12 blues riff. Dueling instrumentally with Spencer on sax this is a pretty cool jam. Lovers Hill is a R&B style pop track with warm vocal lead and backing by Kelly Chappue. Little Mama is a sassy strut with King Curtis like sax riffs. A very cool track. On soulful, You Make Me Crazy, Spencer really digs deep with his horn. A solid melody and nice backing vocals by Chappue with great horn work from Spencer makes this another cross channel radio target. Grover Washington's Mr. Magic gets a real nice punch from Fall on bass and Balestra on guitar but it's Hurricane that really takes this track for a ride. Very nice! Soul track I Got The Blues features rich vocals from Spencer over a bed of Beeks electric keyboard riffs and very melodic sax soloing by Spencer. Big Maybelle gets a real nice New Orleans feel with Benzoni leading the way on snare. Fall lays down a nice bass line and Spencer is tops on vocal and sax. Very nice! Holler'n and Wallow'n has a real cool groove with a funky bass line. This Jr Walker like track really hits the spot. Wrapping the release is Call Your Dogs Off with another taste of New Orleans. This springy track with crisp sax riffs is a great finish to a tasty release.

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