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Wednesday, December 8, 2021

Hunnia Records artist: Dionne Bennett - Sugar Hip Ya Ya - New Release Review

 


I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Sugar Hip Ya Ya, from Dionne Bennett and it's an energetic performance of Rhythm and Blues. Opening with Clarence Carter's Tell Mama, often associated with Etta James or Janis Joplin. With Bennett's powerful vocals and Tamas Sovsri on trumpet, Zoltan Albert on sax, Laszlo Borsodi on guitar, Matysas Premrcz on B3, Attila Herr on bass and Lajos Gyenge on drums this is a solid opener. On title track, Sugar Hip Ya Ya, the horn section is really pumping out a dark vibe and Little G Weevil lays down some really tactile guitar solo lines. Bennett really strokes this track giving it a great feel. Funky, Yes We Can Can has a terrific drum/bass/ horn fabric that gives Bennett a great stage for her vocal delivery. Backed by Jonathan Andelic and Rita Foris on vocals, and a short but crisp guitar solo by Borsodi, this track is smoking. Soul track, Don't Fall For Love, showcases Bennett's vocals in a different light, backed primarily by Premecz on keys and Gyenge on drums with Herr on bass. Her vocals are rich and clear on this dramatic track. Very nice.  Another track that stands out for me is funky, Get It Right with it's "Billy Preston" like organ and funky bottom. A rowdy bluesy guitar solo by Borsodi adds a really nice accent to a cool track. Wrapping the release is Get Style, another funky track but with a softer edge and a Sly Stone feel. Premecz lays heavy on the B3 and Bennett really gets into the groove on this one with excellent bass work by Herr and crisp drum work from Gyenge. There is some more tasty guitar work on this one by Borsodi and a relentless bass line by Herr. Excellent closer. 



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