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Monday, September 9, 2019

Blue Moon Marquee - Bare Knuckles & Brawn - New Release Review

I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Bare Knuckles & Brawn from Blue Moon Marquee and it's a mix of blues, jazz and western swing of course among many other flavors. Opening with Latin influenced Big Black Mamba and A.W. Cardinal on lead vocal  and guitar, with cool support from Jasmine Colette on bass, Darcy Phillips on piano/organ, Gerry Cook on sax and Jimmy Badger on drums. Swing number, Smoke Rings For My Rider has a great rag time feel excellent rhythm guitar and strong sax work by Cook. Hard Times Hit Parade is a sultry blues number featuring Colette on lead vocal and clean jazzy guitar work surrounded by smoky organ and echoes of trumpet work by Jack Garton. Very nice. Jazzy, The Red Devil Himself is one of my favorite tracks on the release with fluid guitar runs and some of my favorite vocals by Cardinal. Very cool. With a strong dose of New Orleans and a snappy beat by Badger on drums, 52nd Street Strut has strong horn work by Garten and Cook, and nice vocals by Colette. Another of my favorites is jazzy number, Wayward with it solid pace, Cardinals vocals and clean round bluesy guitar work. Wrapping the release is Lost & Wild, a slower ballad featuring Cardinal on lead vocal and guitar. Shimmering tones and a subdued backing by badger, Colette and Phillips makes for a solid closer. 

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