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Thursday, June 20, 2019

Albert Cummings - Live at the '62 Center - New Release Review

I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Live at the '62 Center, from Albert Cummings and it's solid blues rocker. Opening with 500 Miles, a vibrant rocker, Cummings, a super guitar player and vocalist leads a great troupe of musicians including Warren Grant on drums, Yanko Valdes on bass, Pete Levin on keys, and Kit Holiday and Lydia Harrell on backing vocals. Driving high stepper, No Doubt shows all of the fire of a SRV track with wailing blues guitar soloing a tight drumming over a beefy bass line. Very cool. Boogie rocker, Sweet Love, has a great groove and taunts you to turn it up. Valdes' bass line and Cummings guitar lead keep the heat on.  My favorite track on the release is Lonely Bed with it's gripping guitar lead and Cummings pleading vocal style. Clocking in at over 8 minutes...wow! I love the saturated guitar tone that Cummings gets on Hurts Me Too. Taking Elmore James classic track, leaving out the slide and giving it a bouncy rhythm really works nicely. With real Texas flair, Up Your Sleeve has great body with a driving guitar lead, thumping bass line and rich organ, all supporting Cummings solid vocals. Wrapping the release is Glass House a classic blues rocker along the lines of Don Nix's Goin' Down. Cunnings knows how to work it with fluid blues rock guitar runs and a full insert of the Allman Brothers' Midnight Rider. This is a strong performance, not only for the blues/guitar enthusiast but for rockers. 

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