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Monday, July 15, 2024

Tastee Tone Artist: Dave Keller - It's Time to Shine - New Release Review

 I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, It's Time To Shine, from Dave Keller and it's a real nice blues rocker. Opening with Waiting For The Sunshine, Dave Keller  on vocal and guitar set up a great funky rock sound. With Jay Gleason on drums and Alex Budney on bass this opener had a really great feel, nicely augmented by Ira Friedman on keys. Excellent opener. On R&B flavored, 789-0133, Keller really shows his ability to sing with real soul. Mark Earley on sax and Tom Palance on trumpet add real depth on this track and with warm organ work by Friedman and great backing vocals by Annika Chambers - DesLauriers, Keller takes a real nice stroll on guitar making this one of my favorite tracks (think Billy Price/Roy Buchanan pairing). Up tempo, Paint A New Life Together, has a strong melody and with a full organ envelope, Keller is upfront on vocals really showing his stuff. A power burst of guitar showmanship really mates to this track nicely. Another track with an interesting bottom is Mayor of Memory with a Buddy Miles, almost Band of Gypsys sound. Friedman and Keller both take nice solos and the band is really tight. Best track on the release. Wrapping the release is Hard To Believe with more straight forward rock feel. Palance and Earley work with Friedman to give it just the right richness over the crisp bottom created by Gleason and Budney, Keller's vocals really shine and a solid guitar solo ties the release. Solid closer. 

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Friday, July 12, 2024

The Bluesland Horn Band - Six - New Release Review


 I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Six, from The Bluesland Horn Band, and it's a tight set of blues and gospel influenced tracks. Opening with My Old Truck, a cool shuffle Marty Cochrane on vocal, leads the way with Ross Hall on drums, Casey Ryder on bass, Jan Randle on piano, Terry Medd on dobro and guitar, David  Wilkie on mandolin and the horns of Miguelito Valdez and Doug Zacharias on trumpet, Barrie Sorenson on tenor sax, Armando Alvarez on bari sax, and Tim Keels on tuba. On Shuffle In The Attic Medd gets the spotlight and lays down some real nice guitar phrasing, backed by Hall on drums, Randle on organ, Valdez, Sorensen and Alvarez on horns. Very cool. Punchy, Rock My Roll had a real nice driving beat with Jack Lavin driving the train on bass. Cochrane's vocals are rugged and commanding and Jerry Cook on tenor sax and Terry Medd on guitar set the track apart. Slow blues, Holy Water, is definitely one of the best tracks on the release with excellent vocals by Cochrane. Gavin Sorochan on drums, Pan Sciore on bass, Miles Jackson on organ create great tension and Medd's guitar lead compliments it nicely of course with the envelope of Zacharias, John Reid and Paul Evans (on bari). Wrapping the release is So Long, Goodbye featuring Jack Lavin on vocal, bass and harp. Hall on drums, Medd on slide and Jackson on organ fill out the band. Lavin slides in a real nice harp solo and Medd a solid guitar solo making this a solid closer. 


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