Wednesday, August 26, 2020

Continental Blue Heaven artist: Shawn Pittman - Make It Right! - New Release Review

I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Make It Right!, from Shawn Pittman and it's terrific! Opening with a great blues track, Done Tole You So! and it's raunchy, grinding guitar tone sets the groundwork for this, one of the best blues cds I've heard this year. A droning, Mississippi Hill country style saturates this track with Pittman on lead guitar and vocal, Erkan Ozdemir on bass and Levent Ozdemir on drums. Really hot! Lumbering, Finger On The Trigger blends Albert King style guitar riffs with a heavy foot and plenty of grit. Super! Slow blues, How Long has great bones with strong vocals, over driven chords and saturated lead guitar showing excellent phrasing and poise. James Brown's Cold Sweat get's an Albert King style rework showing that Pittman isn't all grime and grit but fleet fingered finesse. Excellent instrumental! Settling back into a more traditional Chicago shuffle on Bobby Bland's Woke Up Screaming, Pittman really rolls it. His vocals are strong and his guitar work engaging. Another slower track, Fair Weather Friend, is a perfect balance of vocal and guitar lead by Pittman with a droning guitar style and double stop soloing. Very cool. Wrapping the release is high energy, I'm Done with Hound Dog Taylor like, freewheeling slide guitar and pace.

I gotta say, this is a strong release making a high water mark for anything else I listen to soon! 

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