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Showing posts with label Billy Hector. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Billy Hector. Show all posts

Friday, August 24, 2018

Ghetto Surf Music artist: Billy Hector - Someday Baby - New Release Review

I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release (August 25, 2018), Someday Baby, by Billy Hector and it's really good. Opening with funky blues fused Wizard of Babylon, Billy Hector on vocal and guitar really has it going. With van Romaine on drums, Wilbo Wright on bass, David Nunez on keys and Steve Jankowski on horns this is a great spunk funky opener. Title track, Someday Baby continues the funky blues groove and Hector's grinding guitar riffs give his music it's unique personality. Wondering already if you'll like this... you like Albert King...you like Johnny Guitar... you like Frank Marino.... you'll love this. OK, now we're kicking out all the stops with a new Orleans style over the top funky blues, Butt Naked and Funk. If there was ever a party track that gets you up off your old ass...this is it! Using a talk box, and terrific horn punctuation by Jankowski, Tom LaBella on sax and John Martin on bari, and backed by Rich Monica on drums and Erik Boyd on bass this track is off the hook! Slow blues, Hit The Road, is pure with Hector's soulful vocals, gripping guitar soloing and just the heaviest horn punch. Excellent! Instrumental shuffle, Bareback is a great romp with Nunez and Hector driving an incredible melody supported by Larry Crockett on drums and Winston Roye on bass. Excellent! With a change up, Hector does a cover of Alabama Bound with nicely blended duet with Suzan Lastovica on this traditional country style rocker. With his slide flaring, winding is some tasty harp work by Dennis Gruenling and with the able bodied assistance of Lee Finkelstein on drums and Chris Plunkett on bass, another winner. Hector fires up the slide again for On Your Bond, a Taj Mahal track and with a great swing and warm horn backing really gets it moving. Digging deep and with great dynamics, another terrific track is Whiskey. This track has the base characteristics of hill country music but taking it just another step with gripping guitar soloing and just the right amount of organ back. Excellent! Wrapping the release is a R&B track Road To Happiness with a vocal exchange no unlike Terrell and Gaye. Hector spins on his super slide voodoo making this a solid closer for an exceptional release.



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Friday, April 17, 2015

Ghetto Surf Music artist: Billy Hector - Old School Thang - New release review

I just received the newest release (June 27, 2015), Old School Thang, and it's smokin! Opening with blues rocker, She's Gone, Billy Hector on vocal and guitar is backed by Tommy Labella on sax, Steve Jankowski on trumpet and trombone, David Nunez on organ, Tim Tindall on bass and Sim Cain on drums. With a Latin flair, the horns seem to make the tune sway in the breeze, anchored by Nunez and Hector splits the hurricane with sweet guitar riffs. Don Nix's, Goin' Down comes out hot and heavy with tributes to the mixes by Freddie King and Jeff Beck. I've always loved this track and Hector launches right into it with both feet. This track rips! On the funky title track, Old School Thang, Hector fuses James Brown and his own style of funk for a cool but nasty guitar jam party. Winston Roye drives hard on the bass and Cain really nails the drum kit. Very cool! Fake ID has a really strong swagger, emphasized by Hector's slide work and additional guitars by Micky Melchiondo. Tim Tidell on bass and Sim Cain hold down the bottom as Hector and Melchiondo jam. Nice! Vitamin Big Daddy is a slinky blues track with a horn melody pumped up big time by Labella and Jankowski. I really like Hector's slide work on this track. Excellent!! Country flavored blues track Come On Home has a bright rhythm with Winston Roye on cowbell and Ken Sorenson on harp. Evil Slick 'N Sly is a slinky track with a contagious guitar riff and stiff drum reinforcement. With that I Put A Spell On You kind of vamp, this track is really hard to beat. Hector even hows at the moon as he blows off the wicked guitar riffs. Excellent! Springy and light, Hammer, has a jazzy blues approach. Larry Crockett takes over the drums on this one and Hector stings like Albert Collins surrounded by an easy funky guitar rhythm. Rita is a really cool swampy blues with Hector's vocals backed by Suzan Lastovica and Joshua Mark. A gritty guitar solo on this track instead of horns straight from Bourbon Street gives it a fresh flavor. Excellent! Down and dirty, Short and Sweet Blues finds Hector attacking guitar blues straight on old style. This instrumental track complimented by Nunez on organ, Labella on sax, Pete Maurer on Trombone and Carlos Francis on trumpet is hot! Wrapping the release is super funky People Of The World. Rich Monica takes the drums on this one and Mel Taylor steps up with a hot sax solo and Hector grabs it and shakes it hard. Super, primarily instrumental conclusion to a really smokin release!

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