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Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Dennis Herrera - You Stole My Heart - New Release Review

I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, You Stole My Heart, from Dennis Herrera and it's a solid blues rocker. Opening with rock n' roller and title track, You Stole My Heart, Dennis Herrera and piano man Sid Morris really get the track hopping. Featuring sax work by Jack Sanford, Frank DeRose on bass and Robi Bean on drums this is a great start. Takes Money is a cool fusion of boogaloo and rocking blues. I love rolling rhythm, and Herrera's rough vocals with Denis Depoitre's harp, and Rich Wenzels B3 over that tight rhythm section of Bill Stuve on bass and Lee Campbell on drums is tops. Boogie woogie is the word on With No Refrain starting with that bass line by Stuve. Herrera has a smoothness inherent in his rugged vocal that works great with the light piano work of Wenzel and his own understated guitar approach. One of my favorite tracks on the release is Look Out with it's R&B groove and laid back vocal lead by Herrera and the sax reinforcement by Sanford. Very cool. Instrumental track, You Can Name It has a super feel and gives Herrera a terrific opportunity to jam...jazz style...with his band. Excellent track. Low slung, My Past Time is smooth with a nice B3 solo from Wenzel and Herrera showing his blues groove on vocal and guitar. Very nice. Wrapping the release is Bittersweet, featuring Herrera on acoustic slide and vocal. Un updated delta sound with less than polished vocals and the rural sound of Herrera's guitar make for a sweet closer. 

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