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Thursday, November 10, 2016

Regina Royale Records artist: Ilana Katz Katz - Movin' On - New Release Review

I just had the opportunity to review the newest release, Movin' On, by Ilana Katz Katz and it's original and interesting. Opening with Baby Please Don't Go, Ilana immediately grabs your attention with the lonesome sound of the Appalachian fiddle in a blues setting with Cedric Watson on banjo and in duet with Katz on vocals and Daniel Sanda on drums. Barry Levenson adds masterful guitar riffs to Sweet To Mama with Katz on vocal and fiddle, Mike Sandberg on drums and Hank Van Sickle on bass. Reuben's Train has a pure Appalachian sound with Katz's vocals and fiddle. Tanya switches gears with a stylistic jazz track. Nicely adorned by Katz and Bobby Radcliff this track is soothing and smooth with a solid rhythmic bottom courtesy of Geoff Wright on bass and Dave Moore on drums. On Blues for Bobby Radcliff, Chas Justus and Katz play a cool acoustic blues with traditional Piedmont style. Very cool. I really like Demon Blues which has a bit of a Ali Farke Toure sound with Katz on vocal, Radcliff on guitar, Moore on drums and Wright on bass. Lazy John/Sail Away Ladies again reels back to a more bluegrass sound and lead fiddle. Greasy Cool continues in the vein with Sanda and Watson joining in. Very solid. Wrapping the release is Jack of Diamonds with only Katz and her fiddle. This is a nice closer for a really special release.

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