I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Keep On!, from Lil' Red & The Rooster and it's a lot of fun. Opening with Cool Trap Boogie, the tempo is set by Felton Crews on bass and Kenny "Beedyeyes" Smith on drums and Jean-Marc Labbe' on bari sax really runs the groove. Jen "Lil Red" Milligan on lead vocals on vocal leads the way and Pascal "Rooster" Fouquet adds really nice guitar riffs. Solid opener. Billy Branch joins on Keep On Lovin You adding really nice harmonica lead and in duet with Jen on lead vocals. A laid back blues, gives Fouquet a real nice avenue to solo on guitar and his fluid lead runs really shine on this track. I love the tone that Fouquet gets on guitar on instrumental, Shakin' Em Up, with a strong bari sax support and great flair on solo by Labbe' over a cool rhythm by Crews and Smith, this is my favorite track on the release. Another favorite is Little Girl with Jen on lead vocal, it's snappy back beat and backing vocals by Labbe', Morrow and Caroline Carson Rau. Fouquet lays down some stinging riffs on lead guitar and the bottom is always solid with Smith and Crews. Wrapping the release is Step It Up with it's classic bass lead and Fouquet/Labbe' melody. Fouquet really gets this track working with strong lead guitar phrasing that really makes this track sing.
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