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Showing posts with label Bigfoot Records. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Bigfoot Records. Show all posts

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Bigfoot Records artist: AG Weinberger - Reborn - New Release Review

I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Reborn, by AG Weinberger and it shows a smooth transition from earlier hard core blues to a more relaxed and flexible release. Opening with Willie Dixon's Wang Dang Doodle, AG Weinberger's approach has a cool jazz feel with light piano and double bass by Hars Viktor under his smoky vocals it's a different approach that I haven't heard and I like it. His guitar soloing is much more progressive with a more improvisational and less traditional approach... actually breaking time and going into a running jazz line. Excellent opener. With a bit of New Orleans funky jazz, Cseke Gabor on piano and excellent drums rhythms by Pusctai Csaba, Sweet Little Number is a great platform for Weinberger's R&B vocal approach. Very nice. On shuffle track, The Fool's Lucky Day, Weinberger approaches 50's bebop jazz and both his vocals and guitar are up to it pared with Bob Margolin on slide guitar. This is a nicely crafted track with perfect balance. Excellent! Slippery Slope takes it to the next level with more bebop styling. Weinberger's tight guitar riffs over the excellent groove developed by Gabor, Csaba and Pusctai is exceptional. Gabor shows an excellent feel for jazz piano when his turn comes and this groove really runs. Very vice. Digging back into contemporary blues styling, Weinberger leads off shuffle Cadillac Blues with solid blues riffs. Yes...by this time, you're stomping your foot. Weinberger really lets it all hand out here with flat out stinging electric guitar riffs. Excellent! Title track, Reborn takes the transition a little further with progressive jazz styling. Weinberger works his steel guitar against his eccentric lead electric, and the solid capabilities of the band for a very successful fusion track with ballad overtones. Wrapping the release is I Am The Water, a quiet ballad featuring the sensitive vocals of Weinberger over the brilliant piano work of Gabor. Solid closer. This is a really interesting release and one that I am interested to listen to further on my home system.



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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Bigfoot Records artist: AG Weinberger - Mighty Business - New Release Review

I just had the opportunity to review the newest release, Mighty Business, from AG Weinberger and it's a screamer! Opening with Muddy Waters' Baby Please Don't Go, AG is setting the stage for a red hot blues rocking concert. Backed by Sorin Petrila on rhythm guitar, Vlad Spatar on bass and Miklos Orban on drums, Weinberger handles lead vocals and guitar like a Johnny Winter. Excellent! Adding a bit of funk to a basic R&B style track, Try To Get Into The Middle Of The Real, is damn funky. I really like Spatar's bass chops and backing vocals drive this into Funkadelic land. This is a terrific groove and has plenty of room for some luscious guitar work. I Can't Get Enough takes the train up the southern rock route with a bit of southern swagger. Slowing it down and getting gritty on Sam Taylor's, Mother Blues, Weinberger shows his extremely soulful and fluid guitar lead. This is an excellent track and one that will sit you back in your chair! Classic funk track, Cissy Strut shows off Orban and Spatar's chops and Weinberger riffs like lightning over the rhythm. Very nice! Robert Parker like, Sweet Little Number, has a catchy R&B feel and gives Weinberger the chance to rifle off some hot riffs. A great rocker, this is a great concert. Another Muddy Waters track, Standin' Around Cryin', has some super Muddy like slide work over a classic arrangement of this great track. This band is tight and really laying it down. Charlie Parker's Billie's Bounce takes the band in a totally different direction with an excellent interpretation of track. Weinberger rips up the guitar lead and Spatar's bass work is super. Even Orban gets to take an extended drum solo on this track. One of my favorite tracks on the release. A third Muddy Waters track, The Blues Had A Baby and They Named It Rock'n Roll, gets a total make over with a heavy funk bass line by Spatar and cool rhythm patterns by Petrila. This track has an infectious grove that will have you moving...on the floor or in your seat. Jimmy Witherspoon's Ain't Nobody's Business opens with a red hot guitar intro setting up one of the best versions on this track you have ever heard. Weinberger's guitar and vocal skills are well displayed on this 9 plus minute track. You heard of grip it and rip it... Weinberger does! Big time! Wrapping the release is Take Me To The Highway, a 9 plus minute driving boogie rocker. This track breaks into an improvisational piece showing just what kind of versatility and chops the band has and they should boast. This is super! A great closer for an excellent release!

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