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Showing posts with label Blue Star Records. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Blue Star Records. Show all posts

Wednesday, August 3, 2022

Blue Star Records artist: Mark Nomad - All One - New Release Review

 I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, All One, by Mark Nomad and it's a cool, acoustic blues release. Opening with My Mind Gets To Wandering, Mark Nomad creates a modern delta style blues feel with his own clean vocals, and his rhythm/slide guitar accompaniment. Solid writing and melody, a strong opener. On Waitin' On You, gets more into a Jimmy Reed style with a simple guitar rhythm and vocal, teamed with his own harmonica work and a more contemporary sound. A stripped down take on Dizzy Miss Lizzy maintains it's early rock feel but with the addition of stylized vocals and hot slide work, the track takes on new life. I like Nomad's cover of Fred McDowell's You Got To Move with solid vocals and tasty slide. Wrapping the release is title track, All One, a smart, acoustic ballad. Predominantly a vocal track with light acoustic guitar backing, this is a solid closer for a cool release. 


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Wednesday, December 30, 2020

Blue Star Records artist: Jack de Keyzer - Tribute - New Release Review

 I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Tribute, from Jack De Keyser and it's  straight up rocker. Opening with the driving, Are You Ready?, De keyser on lead vocal and guitar is joined by Alan Duffy on bass, Nick Succi in piano and organ and Peter Grimmer on drums. De Keyser has a distinctive and particularly active guitar style and this is a solid opener. With the addition of Richard Thornton on sax, On the Money has a funky sound along the lines of Stax but with great blues guitar soloing. Very cool. Coming Up has a definite driving rock beat with traces of Don Nix and Jeff Beck. Duffy's romping bass line accented by Succi on piano and de keyser's scorching guitar soloing makes this my favorite on the release. Supernatural has a Spanish flavor and with it's smooth melody, works nicely with Carlos Santana like guitar riffs. Blues ballad, You Turned My World to Blue, will be my choice for radio track on this release with it's catchy melody and Gary Moore like guitar approach. I do like the slide work on this track which sets it off nicely. Just For The Funk is a particularly interesting track with a JG Watson or Walter Wolfman Washington feel. With it's New Orleans funky rhythm and jazzy guitar riffs, another favorite on the release. A more traditional Chicago style blues, If My Baby Left Me will appeal to most blues listeners with it's 12 bar format and cool guitar riffs. Very nice. Wrapping the release is Forever, a cool rocker with traces of Clapton and Hendrix. This is an interesting release with a variety of blues rock approaches. Check it out. 


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