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Monday, December 11, 2017

Andre' Bisson - Break - New Release Review

I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Break, from Andre' Bisson and it's a solid set of bluesy tracks. Opening with title track, Break, lead guitarist and vocalist, Andre' Bisson belts out a cool R&B melody, backed by Gordon Aeichele on alto and tenor sax, Bil Holinaty on bari and tenor sax, Loretta Hale on trumpet, Mike Rowell on bass, Sean Bruce Parker on drums and Jesse O'Brien on piano, B3 and Wurlitzer. With a lot of that early 70's style, Bisson throws his riffs out like a true pro. Funky, I Got The Right, has a great horn backing and especially nice bari sax leading into a fluid guitar solo by Bisson. I also really like O'Brien's piano work giving the track real sparkle. Ballad, The Reason Why, is particularity strong with and solid melody, warm vocals and nice backing horn work. Hi Stepping, Next In Line is power packed with some of the best vocals on the release, backed up with punchy horns and rocking guitar riffs. Latin flavored, Your Attention (I Don't Need) has a really nice feel with snappy rim shots, wurlizter piano soloing and powerful vocals. Slower blues number, Reflections, has a really nice feel and opens nicely for Bisson to solo on guitar, Backing keys by O'Brien add nice tension and horn work adds dynamics. Very nice. Another funky number, The Last Sandwich in Hungry Town, has a cool bass groove, courtesy of Rowell, with O'Brien, Aeichele, Holinaty and Hale setting up for Bisson's light, jazzy solo. Eleanor Rigby has a clever light jazz approach with a real nice trombone solo by Rob Sommerville. Wrapping the release is simple, rural flavored ballad, Nothing At All (Live) with very nice harmonized vocals, and cello by Hale. A nice closer for a cool release.

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