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Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Red Tint Records artist: Big Mike & the R&B Kings - This Song's For You - New Release Review

I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, This Song's For You by Big Mike & the R&B Kings and I really like it. Opening with New Orleans Funk infused, Last Night with Big Mike Perez on lead vocal and a pounding bass line and a tight drum kit from Jorge Leal and Oberon Jackson Jr. , this band is hopping. Rex Canieso and Paul Provotsy are laying down some great guitar lines and a hot sax solo by Bob Sass and Tajh Derosier is super. Great opener. On slow blues, Played A Fool, Big Mike really gets the chance to show just how good a lead vocalist he is and his vocals are smooth and soulful. Ultra smoky sax work over the firm bass line by Big Mike will sit you back in your seat...get ready! To top it off, feel the blues solo that Canieso lays down here. Very nice! Getting into a super James Brown like groove, Big Mike really works his bass line and the light ride cymbal work of Leal is perfect. Another aggressive sax solo blows the lid off of this track and Ben Joseph really pushes the heat on organ. Mr. Big Funky is a hard driving heavy bottomed party track with the band playing full out. Radically cool. Buddy Guys power track, Someone Else Was Steppin In has an even funkier feel with that James Brown roll. Big Mike's vocals are spot on, a ripping guitar solo really spanks it and the backing of Joseph on organ really drives this boat. Wrapping the release is mellow, light jazz like, Are You Serious with nice sax work and a strong guitar solo closing out what I'd say is a pretty strong release. 

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