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Thursday, September 17, 2015

Uniqek Sound Records artist: Clarence "The Blues Man" Turner - The Caster Blaster - New Release Review

I just received the newest release, The Caster Blaster, from Clarence "The Blues Man" Turner and its funky blues cool! Opening with a hot funky blues, Fame and Fortune, Turner shows his chops which venture from Albert to BB with cool bass work, also by Turner and a nice horn backing by Gene Meros on sax and Gary Hendrickson on trumpet. On Mojo Hand, David Satterwhite lays down a nice bass line and Turner stretches out some pretty funky blues riffs on guitar. Meros and Hendrickson are back on horn giving it a kind of Memphis sound and Turner's vocal phrasing reminds me a bit of Johnny Guitar. A real swinger, C.C. Rider, takes a different tempo than what is typically associated with this track with Hendrickson pushing the lead on trumpet amd Meros holding down the bottom. Charles Pearson adds some really fine key work with tight drumming from Sean Graves but it's the solo work of Saxman Meros and Turners guitar work that makes this track sing. Sabrena has a kind of Mississippi hill country voodoo sound that I really like. It's not just the eerie trumpet melody or the distorted guitar work or the subtle organ's everything! I love this track! Black Jack is a cool slow shuffle packed with horns and tight little guitar riffs. Nadine is a full ahead blues rocker along the lines of Mr Freddie King. Strong horn support from Meros and Hendrickson punch up the track and although I wish turners tone was a little fuller, I like his riffs. Pearson is back with some nice piano lines opening for Meros to blow a hole in it on sax. Satterwhitter is always awesome on bass! Fender Bender? is another track with a bit of a Freddie King feel but in a different way. Succulent guitar riffs on this track are what it's all about. Pearson steps up again on piano adding a really nice set of piano lines and Turner plays cleanup with another hot guitar solo with punchy horn backing. Really nice instrumental! Jimmy Reed style blues rocker, Happily Married Man, has a driving beat and well paced guitar riffs. Meros and Hendrickson stay tight and Sean Graves drives on drums. Hey Lady has an altered R&B style with a nice bass riff by Satterwhite. Meros lays down a mellow sax solo topping off the track. Willie Dixon's I'm Ready gets an electrified makeover with horns pushing. Turner lays out some pretty nice guitar work on this track without varying much from the original arrangement. Cool change of pace on a familiar track. Wrapping the release is Pay Day, a cool jazzy, funky blues track with a bit of that JG Watson feel. I like Hendrickson's trumpet work on this track balanced against Satterwhite's plucky bass work. A real nice finisher with hot riffs by Turner to close the deal.

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