Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Mariella Tirotto & the Blues Federation - Live In Concert - New Release Review

I just received the newest release, Live In Concert, from Mariƫlla Tirotto and the Blues Federation and they have a solid groove. Opening with Mose Allison's If You're Goin' To The City, Triotto wastes no time getting into a cool R&B groove. Heins Greten takes the lead on keys and John Kakiay drums and Arno Hagemans' bass keeps it solid. Onny Tuhumena really adds a nice Carribean flavor on percussion along with Micha Sprenger on guitar. Step By Step has a jazzy feel with a funky bottom. Tirotto's vocals are particularly strong on this track, Sprenger lays in a tasty guitar line and Greten give the melody a ride. All I Can Take has a bit of a New Orleans swampy flavor accented by Greten on Hammond. Hagemans and Kakiay set a really nice Miles Davis kind of groove and Greten leads the way with a really nice piano intro on Somewhere Down The Road. Triotta shows her adaptability on this track with super vocal phrasing. Hagemans and Greten take nicely assembled interludes building one of the nicest tracks on the release. Are You Ready has a strong work camp sound with strong gospel influences. Excellent! Matt Guitar Murphy's The Blues Don't Bother Me is up next and has a strong R&B feel. This track really hits that dance groove and features Sprenger stepping nicely on guitar. Too Blind To See is a cleanly executed bluesy ballad with strong vocals from Tirotto and an extended blues guitar solo from Sprenger and a calming piano solo from Greten. Very nice! Don't Talk Too Much has a Brian Auger kind of jazz funk feel. I really like the bass line laid down by Hagemans on this track complimented nicely by the percussion of Tuhumena. Boogie track Playing The Game almost has a Golden Earring sound with a hard driving rhythm. Kakaiy and Hagemans keep the bottom tight ans Sprenger lets the solos flow. Latin influenced House On The Hill has a cool jam feel with a nice balance of vocal and instrumental. Wrapping the release is solomn ballad, Window Of My Eyes. Arpeggiated piano formations lead this nice composition. I particularly like Sprenger's guitar attack on this track. Nice conclusion to a really nice concert performance.

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