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Thursday, March 26, 2020

Sid Whelan - Waitin' For Payday - New Release Review

I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Waitin' For Payday, by Sid Whelan and it's a mix of different tastes and flavors. Opening with Nina Simone, a cool, laid back jazzy ballad, with exceptional presence on acoustic guitar and mic, Whelan creates a stark similarity to Simone's own fragile vocal presentation. Very cool. On Midnight In The Country, Whelan does an interesting blues/country mix with a slower pace and interesting electric guitar bends and riffs. Backed by  Trevor Bridgewater on bass and Robert Weiss on drums this track has some nice teeth. Legba  Ain't No Devil is a really cool track with a primary bass and percussion  by Valerie Naranjo, Jimmy Greenfield, Dave D'Ambrosio and Richard Huntley under Whelan's falsetto vocals and soaring electric guitar. A definite African influence this track is one of my favorites on the release. Another cool track, The Promise, is a jazz oriented track with structured vocals and interesting horn overtones by Michael Lee Breaux, Ron Horton and Art Baron. With it's anchored bass and drum platform, Whelan's guitar soloing is meaningful and fluid but not overdone. Very nice. Wrapping the release is Break It Down, a fairly straight forward radio style track with a solid melody and vocals but with an intricate interwoven vocal pattern, cool percussion, a funky bass line and well integrated keys by Matthew Whittaker. Very solid closer.  

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