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Monday, May 15, 2017

Boogie Patrol - Man On Fire - New Release Review

I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Man On Fire from Boogie Patrol and it's super. Opening with Players Blues, Boogie Patrol hits the floor with horns blazing (Kim Beachum on trumpet, Gareth Hughes on tenor sax and Carsten Rubeling on trombone) . With a smooth, dance feel, Rott "n" Dan Shinnan really takes the lead on vocal with Yuji Ihara on guitar, Nigel Gale on bass, Emmet VanEtten on drums, Marc Arnault on keys and Chad Holtzman on guitar. On shuffle track, Whole Lotta Gravy, the band hits a nice blues groove and Dan compliments his gritty vocals with cool harp. R&B flavored, Foolish Mind, is a solid radio player with powerful horns and a cool guitar solo from Ihara. Hard To Tell You is a great song with an Al Green feel. Dan's voice doesn't have the polish of Green's (who's does) but I really like it. His style is soulful and his flare is flowing and cool. High energy, Easy To See has a relentless drum beat by VanEtten and with understated guitar work by Ihara and smoky blues harp work by Dan, this track rocks. With a James Brown roll going, Got One On Ya, has a great groove. Warmed up by the horn section and cool rhythm guitar Dan's vocal put me in mind of early Jeff Beck Group and Bobby Tench. Gale stretches out for a nice bass solo giving the track even more grip. Very cool. Let's Get Randy is a real rocking blues party with a great blues lope. This track has a great vibe! Title track, Man On Fire, is and excellent closer, blending Al Green, Tower of Power and Jimi. With creative guitar soloing, excellent vocals, powerful horns and a rock solid bottom, this track leaves me wanting way more. Excellent job!

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