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Friday, July 1, 2016

Provogue Records artist: Walter Trout - Alive In Amsterdam - New Release Review

I just had the opportunity to review the newest release, Alive In Amsterdam from Walter Trout and it is a powerhouse! It's good to have Walter back and he is ALIVE! Opening with Sonny Boy Williamson's, Help Me, Trout is literally exploding out through his fingers with new life. Setting down the groove is Johnny Griparic on bass, Sammy Avila on B3 and Michael Leasure on drums. Avila takes an extended solo on keys leading up to a ripping solo by Trout on this vibrant cover. Excellent! On rocker, I'm Back, this band is full of energy led by Leasure's driving drum work and Trout's relentless guitar riffs. Very nice! Slow blues ballad, Say Goodbye To The Blues, Trout dedicates this track to BB King. At 10 minutes plus, a very nice extended jam with tight rhythm and extensive guitar work, this track is hot. Rocker, Omaha, is drum heavy with great drive. Trout's work is signature but he has a different flare when playing rock than blues. Very nice. With a little bit of added funk, son, Jon Trout, joins the band. Father and son rip it up nicely and Avila's B3 work rides nicely over a tight rhythm section. Please Take Me Home is always a crown favorite with a strong melody and some of Trout's best vocals. Backing vocals in this mix are particularly warm and Trout's riffs fluid and vibrant. BB King's Rock Me Baby has a nice, low slung saunter and Trout and Jon trade off on guitar riffs. Jon's got some pretty good riffs so it's cool to see dad give him a leg up. Clocking in over 9 minutes, this is a guitar fiesta. Blues ballad, Marie's Mood, is a super track to build tension before the big send off at the end. Extremely emotional playing by both Trout and Avila. Very nice. John lee Hooker's, Serve's Me Right To Suffer, is one of my favorites with strong dynamics between vocal and instrumentation putting me in mind of the great Alvin Lee's style. A cool drum solo by Leasure gives the track a heavy kick and works the crowd to a frenzy before Trout brings the band back on track with machine gun like riffs. Wrapping the release is encore track, Love That We Once Knew, a melodic track with a solid bottom and strong guitar riffs. This appears to be a crowd favorite, enticing full crowd participation. A great closer.

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