Tuesday, June 13, 2023

The Gayle Harrod Band - Temptation - New Release Review

 I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Temptation, from The Gayle Harrod Band and it's full dose of blues. Opening with hip shakin, Sweet Memphis Man, Gayle Harrod on lead vocal is joined by Brian Simms on piano, Greg Boyer on trombone, Brad Clements on trumpet Brent Birckhead on sax, Stan Turk on guitar, Chuck Ferrell on drums and a great bass rhythm by Christopher Brown. Title track, Temptation, really showcases the richness of Harrod's voice with light backing by Simms on keys, Buddy Speir on slide guitar and Rachelle Danto on harmonica.  Slide saturated Waiting In The Shadows is another strong showcase for Harrod's vocals with harmonica and acoustic guitar giving the traditional blues style track real traction. With a Latin backbeat and horns, God Laughed should be a real crowd pleaser. It's strong melody, cool backing vocals by Mary Ann Redmond, Dusty Rose and the Voices of Faith of the First Baptist Church of Baltimore Choir and swinging sax solo by Birckhead, this is the absolute radio track on the release. Wrapping the release is ballad, Beautiful Friend, with it's radio formatting and solid vocal leadership by Harrod. This is a solid release by GHB.

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