Wednesday, February 23, 2022

Pravda Records artists: Vince Salerno and Gerald McClendon - Blues From All Points - New Release Review

 I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Blues From All Points, by Vince Salerno and Gerald McClendon and it's a solid R&B/Blues rocker. Opening with funky rocker, Hip City, the band is really rocking, Boogaloo style with Vince Salerno wailing on sax, Thomas Klein on guitar, Thomas Linsk on keys, Michael P. Fiorino on bass, Chuck Schwartz on drums, Ellis Clark on percussion and Ron Haynes on trumpet, all supporting the dynamic vocals of Gerald McClendon on lead vocal. Great opener. Street Walking Woman really has a great Texas style blues lope with heavy bari sax and a hot solo by Salerno and terrific T-Bone Walker style guitar riffs by Klein. Excellent! Big Joe Williams' Highway 49 is next with some real nice harp by Salerno, some of my favorite vocals by McClendon on the release and of course, Elmore James like slide by Klein. Very nice. Bessie's Blues is a hot boogie with a great sax soloing by Salerno,  slick piano work by Linsk and some great blue jazz riffs by Klein leading to an open draft by Fiorino and Schwartz. Excellent! Jr. Walker's Cleo's Mood is up next with a R&B guitar rhythm and of course heavy organ by Linsk. Salerno really lets it loose on this one wailing on. Very nice! Wrapping the release is solid Chicago style blues, Blues and Trouble with terrific lead vocal by McClendon. Salerno's bari sax and Klein's riffs respond to McClendon's vocal call and Linsk's piano riffs are spot on. Salerno trades harmonica riffs with bari sax riffs about dynamics. This is really a strong blues fused release with a taste of R&B and even some Zydeco to add some spice. I really like it! 

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