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Tuesday, March 12, 2019

VizzTone label Group artist: Rockin' Johnny & Quique Gomez - Dos Hombres Wanted - New Release Review

I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Dos Hombres Wanted, from Rockin' Johnny and Quique Gomez and it's classic Chicago blues with a spin. Opening with Burgin original, Your Charm Won't Help You, old style with Johnny on lead vocal and his understated but wild guitar playing, Quique Gomez on classic harp, Eric Przygocki on bass, Stephen Dougherty on drums and Christian Dozler on piano. Excellent opener. A strong, slower blues Robert Jr Lockwood track, Funny But True, is up next and Gomez has the lead spot on vocal. Burgin plays out richer jazz style riffs and hands the floor to Gomez who really milks his harp for juice. Very nice. Burgin's Ain't No High Roller has a cool rock beat and Gomez rides high on the harp and with Dozzler on accordion and Burgin's steady hand on guitar this track hits a nice slot. Another classic Chicago style track, Everybody Loves My Baby is a great work out track for both Burgin and Gomez. Burgin has the lead on vocal and Gomez puts up first with a real nice harp solo but after another chorus Burgin has the floor and with some crisp fan runs, closes it out. One of my favorite tracks on the release is Coffee Can Blues with some of Burgin's best vocals on the release. Gomez really has rich tone and Burgin's phrasing is unusual and very cool. Otro Hombre is the best showcase for Gomez on the release with his featured on vocal and smoking harp. Solid Chicago all day. With Louis Jordan style, Step It Up Bro, has a real cool saunter. Gomez gets to let out his style playing on this one and with highlights by Farris Jarrah on trombone, accordion by Dozzler and some clean soloing by Burgin and Josh Fulero, this track is a real treat. One of my favorites on the release, The Right To Hurt Me features Burgin and some great lead vocals on his part. Full bodied guitar playing give this track a real warmth and I love Gomez's harp attack. Perfect. Blues rocker, Are You Ever has great tempo and spirit. Both guys juice this one up with hot riffs and with the addition of Greg Izor on harp. Excellent! Wrapping the release is Don't Blame Shorty, an easy shuffle with shared lead vocal and nice harp lead by Gomez. 

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