I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Take My Rider, by Douglas Avery and it's jam packed with raw blues tracks. Opening with Kokomo Arnold's Bad Luck Blues, Avery on vocal and harmonica slips into a fine shuffle. Backed by Carl Sonny Leyland on piano, Franck Goldwasser spinning some real nice guitar riffs, Ralph Carter on bass and organ and Johnny Morgan on drums this is a solid opener. Original track, Malibu Burnin' opens with some really tasty slide work, a droning drum beat and thumping bass, providing a great backdrop for Avery on lead vocal. I like it raw and this is it. Little Walter's Just Keep Lovin' Her is a real nice showcase for Avery on harp. With a nice walking bass line, one of my favorites on the release. Delta style Jelly Jelly is strong with slide resonator and Avery on harmonica. This is blues, man. Blind Owl Boogie has great tempo reinforced by Morgan and Carter. Avery's vocals are great and Goldwasser's guitar boogie is terrific with Avery on harmonica. Terrific. How about a little funk to get you up... Yup...we got it. Good To Me has a great funky guitar rhythm, a reinforcing bass line and Avery on harmonica riding the wave. Punched up by Aaron Liddard on sax, Jerome Harper on trombone and Simon Finch on trumpet, James Brown is smiling. Wrapping the release is radio trrack, Looking Over A Rainbow featuring Avery on vocal, accompanied by Leyland on piano. I really like this release. It really has some raw energy and pure blues.
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