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Thursday, February 23, 2017

American Showplace Music artist: John Ginty featuring Aster Pheonyx - Rockers - New Release Review

I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Rockers, by John Ginty featuring vocalist Aster Pheonyx and it has a whole different dimension. Opening with powerhouse, The Shark, Ginty melds his notorious Hammond sound with Justine Gardner on outrageous funky bass and Maurice "mOe" Watson on drums for my favorite track on the release right out of the chute. Excellent! Rocker, Lucky 13 is up next and with Paul Kuzik's driving bass and Watson's drum work, lead vocalist, Aster Pheonyx takes command with Grace Slick like style. Ginty's key work, is aggressively complimented by the guitar work of Mike Buckman and Jimmy Bennett. With an easy pace and solid melody, Target On The Ground, is a tidy radio track with bluesy vocals and a light funk in the bottom. Ginty cranks up the heat on Hammond giving the track a bit more heft. Mr. Blues is a lumbering blues rocker with a cool lead riff by Ginty that drives the track, reinforced by Gardner's bass work. A well balanced track with a bit of wailing guitar ... slick.  Electric has a real nice back beat and features big drum work as well as cool slide work. With Jagger like prowess on vocal, Phoenyx's vocals on this track are my favorite. Wrapping the release is title track, Rockers. a solid driver with Ginty, Gardner and Watson laying down a road of rhythm before Ginty takes flight on keys. This is a solid rocker and a solid closer for a new direction for Ginty.

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