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Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Likho Records artist: Likho Duo - Blues And The World Beyond - New Release Review

I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Blues And The World Beyond, from Likho Duo, and it's quite cool. Likho Duo was formed by Italian guitar and harmonica player, Noe' Socha and upright bass player, Cliff Schmitt in 2016. Opening with acoustic boogie, Derby Street Blues, Schmitt sets a firm footing on bass and Socha plays clean stylized guitar riffs, accompanying himself on harp. Schmitt also takes a few bars for himself rounding out the track. Nice opener. Willie Dixon's Spoonful is next with reinforcement of the melody on bass with tight harp lead. Slide work by Socha takes the blues influence even deeper complimented by his harp work. Muddy Waters' I Can't Be Satisfied it a real hot take with lead work by Socha on harp supported by Schmitt on bass. Kicking it into high gear, Socha rips out the slide and harp to the end. Very nice. Socha's Romance Among Thieves is a really nice track. Possibly my favorite on the release with an almost gypsy feel providing nice soloing opportunities for both himself on acoustic guitar and Schmitt. Excellent! Another cool track on this release is an acoustic Black Dog (Led Zep). With harp lead and tandem guitar and bass melody this is really quite enjoyable. Classic Freddie King on Hideaway has a cool feel with clean, articulate guitar runs over a basic blues bass line. Another really nice original from Socha, Almere, has a classical jazz feel with a strong solo by Schmitt on bass. Great track. Sonny Boy Williamson's Good Morning Little Schoolgirl gives the floor to Socha on harp and really bluesy tones. Very cool. another track with a gypsy feel is Tu VuoFa L'Americano. Schmitt holds tight on bass and lays down really nice bass lead trading with Socha in a classic gypsy style boogie. Wrapping the release is a really strong composition, Waltz For Katja, by Schmitt. With lead bass and in duet with Socha's harp work, a super closer for a very strong release. 

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