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Friday, December 16, 2016

Red House Records artist: David Bromberg Band - The Blues, The Whole Blues and Nothing But the Blues - New Release review

I just had the opportunity to review the newest release, The Blues, The Whole Blues and Nothing But the Blues by David Bromberg Band and it's terrific! I've been listening to David Bromberg most of my adult life and he just keeps finding new angles to make it happen. Opening with Robert Johnson's Walking Blues, Bromberg has the lead on vocal and electric guitar, joined by Mark Cosgrove on guitar, Butch Amiot on bass, Josh Kanusky on drums and Bill Payne on piano. Maintaining a traditional but more modern raw feeling, this is a super opener with cool slide work. The clever, How Come My Dog Don't Bark When You Come 'Round?, is really right up Bromberg's alley. A solid portion of his song base is done me wrong, satyric and story telling tracks and he does a real nice job on this one. Adding Nate Grower on fiddle, Steve Bernstein on trumpet, Lou Marini on sax and Birch Johnson on trombone. Little Hat Jones' Kentucky Blues is up next and played straight. Growler contributes nicely on fiddle and Cosgrove on mandolin. Bobby Charles' Why Are People Like That shows strong New Orleans feel with cool piano work by Payne, key trumpet accents and nicely stylized guitar work. Ray Charles' A Fool For You features Bromberg only, accompanying himself on acoustic guitar. A master guitar player and a heartfelt singer, a gem. Sonny Boy Williamson's Eyesight To The Blind, has a really nice groove and Bromberg's guitar work is nicely balanced by his own vocals and Grower's fiddle. Excellent! John Willie Henry's You've Been A Good Ole Wagon, is another track with that New Orleans sound and Bernstein on trumpet, Marini on clarinet and Johnson on trombone really give this track that "right" feel. Cosgrove pulls out the mandolin again with a nice solo and Marini's clarinet sings. Very cool. Billy Payne's piano work adds great texture and Bromberg's own acoustic guitar work brightness and punch. Title track, The Blues, The Whole Blues and Nothing But The Blues has a cool swing with mostly horn backing. Stinging guitar solo's by booth Bromberg and Cosgrove give the track even more bite. If you really don't know David's work well, this is a guy who really can lay down the dirty blues and here it is. This Month is one of his own tracks with his biting wit and his guitar work is definitely up to the task. Payne sets up some real nice organ work and then Bromberg steps up with his nicely phrased guitar solo. Always a favorite. Wrapping the release is You Don't Have to Go with Bromberg flashing his slide and pairing his solo's with Grower on fiddle. A real solid wrapper for a super release.

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