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Thursday, May 25, 2023

Big Jake Records artist: Paul Filipowicz - Pier 43 - New Release Review

 I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Pier 43, by Paul Filipowicz and it's solid Filipowicz if you know his style. Opening with Old Time Superstition and Paul on slide guitar and vocal, this set is off to a good start. With it's blues rocky feel, Al Dorn on harp, Steve Lewis on bass and Brian Tito Howard on drums, this is a solid opener. Lewis opens title track, Pier 43 with a cool, sauntering bass vamp. Paul gets into a really nice groove with long flowing guitar lead and twisted blues riffs. Paul is no Clapton or Bonamassa but his notes are heartfelt and piercing. Talk about 9 plus minutes going fast...really! I particularly like When I Get To Town with a droning bass line by Lewis and jangly drum rhythms spurring on Paul and his RL Burnside like chanting. He is relentless on guitar always looking for that punctuation. Very cool. Paul digs up Slim Harpo's Hip Shake and with his unmistakable guitar/amp sound, this track really boogies. Sit still during this track you need to switch over to Brittany Spears. Another romping boogie, Cut You Loose - Texas Out is bound to get all the bodies out on the floor in the club and Paul brings the real feel of a juke joint. Love it. Wrapping the release a 1979 WIBA radio concert cut of Barry Goldberg's, Use My Imagination. Paul 's vocals are tame and melodic with Clyde Stubblefield on drums, Fat Richard Drake on sax, Will Smokey Logg on guitar, Gary Zappa on bass and John Chimes on piano. This is a cool closer to a real cool release. 

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