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Friday, October 25, 2019

American Showplace Music artist: Giles Robson - Don't Give Up On The Blues - New Release review

I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Don't Give Up On The Blues, from Giles Robson and I really like it. Opening with Land To Land Giles Robson on lead vocal and harmonica is a strong force to be reckoned with. His vocals are real and his harp playing solid. Backed by Bruce Katz on piano and Hammond, Aaron Lieberman on guitar, Antar Goodwin on bass and Ray Hangen on drums, this band is tight. Title track, Don't Give Up On the Blues is a cool shuffle track in pure Chicago style. Robson ramps up his harmonica showing his classic styling and key whiz Bruck Katz digs on piano for some terrific riffs as well. With it's Bo Diddley beat, Hangen really hammers it out on Damn Fool Way and Robson's tone is pure gold. Slow blues number, Your Dirty Look & Your Sneaky Grin is a terrific track with solid vocals, rich harmonica work by Robson and a real nice piano solo by Katz. Very nice. Harmonica/piano boogie track, Boogie at the Showplace is a terrific track and my choice for favorite track on the release. It has great tempo and style and gives both Robson and Katz a great opportunity to give it up. Giles' Theme is a great jam with a cool beat. Robson leads the way with slick harp riffs and Katz adds in trademark B3 overtones making this another top track.  Really kicking it is That Ol' Heartbreak Sound and it's fast paced rhythm Goodwin and Hangen really drive it hard and Robson alternates vocal and harp, Mayall style giving this track real juice. Both Katz and Lieberman throw down real nice solos on this track making it another personal favorite on the release. Wrapping the release is Way Past Midnight, an excellent slower blues with tension so thick you could smell it. Robson slowly builds the tension on harmonica with nice chord work by Lieberman. Katz rolls in over eased up chords with his B3 and winds it up further before turning it back to Robson who carries it to the peak. This is a terrific track and a super closer. 

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