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Wednesday, February 27, 2019

VizzTone/Hot Toddy artist: Gaye Adegbalola - The Griot - New Release Review

I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, The Griot, from Gaye Adegbalola, previously of Saffire - The Uppity Blues Women. Opening with Nothing's Changed, Gaye takes on her world challenges with song. Over a strong rhythmic Bo Diddley beat, Gaye delivers the word from her perspective, citing her observations of todays prejudice.  FMG is an African based track with a chant based upon the fight against female genital mutilation. (You're) Flint Water is a bluesy shuffle with slick slide work by Jeff Covert, organ by Keith Armstead,  and solid horn backing by Zack and David Smith on trumpet, Steve Patterson on sax and Dan Haverstock on trombone. Solid ballad, Gon' Be Alright, is my favorite track with smooth vocals, guitar and organ by Gaye and smooth guitar lead by Covert. Doc Pomus penned, (There Is Always) One More Time slides in nicely with warm vocals, a beautiful melody and acoustic guitar by John Freund and Gaye. Sorry, But … No Shame is a cool little blues track with light percussion and Gaye on slide and vocal. A cool little track and a nice addition. Wrapping the release is Ma Rainey's Jelly Bean Blues with backing vocals and really nice piano work by Roddy Barnes.

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