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Monday, December 31, 2018

Robert Davis - Yuca con Mojo - Cuban Blues - New Release review

I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Yuca con Mojo - Cuban Blues from Robert Davis and it's quite soulful. Opening with Muddy Waters' I've Got My Mojo Working, Robert Davis on lead vocal and harp takes a traditional Chicago style blues and with island rhythm and bongo gives it a much more tropical feel. Supported by Fraser Melvin on guitars, Yasel Giralt on bass, and Pedro Perez Quintero on percussion this is a cool opener. On Walter Vinson and Lonnie Chatmon's, Sitting On Top Of The World, lush acoustic picking gives the track a real iridescence under Davis' solid vocals. Real traditional Cuban flavor soaks in on traditional folk blues, House of the Rising Sun. This is a really nice arrangement and with beautiful finger picked accompaniment and simple percussion rhythm, this is very nice. Ernie K. Doe's R&B classic, Mother In Law gets a reggae rhythm and a breakout rockin turnaround. Davis' vocal and harp work on the track is very solid and the rhythm seems so natural that it's as strong as the original. My favorite track on the release is Davis' harmonica mastery of Gershwin's Summertime with classic cuban backing piano by Rosario Escobar and guitar by Melvin. Excellent! Wrapping the release is a terrific take on Robert Johnson's Me And The Devil in traditional delta fashion. The recording is clear and the the guitar seems to jump from the track. Very nice closer.

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