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Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Conner Ray Music artist: The Bob Lanza Blues Band - Time To Let Go - New Release review

I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Time To Let Go, from the Bob Lanza Blues Band and it's rockin'. Opening with boogie woogie track, Mind Your Own Business, Lanza leads the way on vocal and guitar but not without heavy support from Randy Wall on piano, The Cranberry Lake Horns and Vin Mott on drums. Excellent! On title track, Time To Let Go, Lanza leads an easy, jazzy track with light fingered guitar riffs and a bluesy twist. With supple vocals and cool horn backing this track is just right. Snappy drumming by Mott on When The Sun Comes Up gives it a cool spring and snappy bottom for super guitar riffs by Lanza. Slower blues number, Your Turn To Cry, sets a nice groove with Lanza punctuating his vocal with stinging guitar riffs. Very cool! Rush'n The Blues is a low slung blues instrumental and Lanza pulls out the stops. Riding along on a nice B3 air by Wall this track is one of my favorites on the release. Chicago style track, Follow Your Heart, features Don Erdman on harp and he really gets it going. Wall's piano work really stands out and Lanza's vocals and guitar work really hit the spot. Straight up rocker with a cool back beat, Don't Go No Further has solid vocals and super bluesy guitar riffs giving it a lot of presence. Love Me Or Leave Me has a nice slow swagger accented by Arne Wendt on piano and Mott's drum work. Lanza really steps up with some cool guitar riffs making this another release favorite. Snappy rocker, Johnny Smith, has the kick of a Little Richard track featuring Steve Krase on harp and Wall on piano. Super blues rocker! Latin rocker/blues shuffle, Walkin' Thru The Park, has a great bass bottom compliments Sandy Joren and Mott's harp work is tight. Lanza steps up with a few final hot riffs on guitar and leaves you wanting more. Very cool closer to a super release.

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