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Wednesday, September 13, 2023

Deguello Records artist: Jeff Pitchell - Playin' With My Friends - New Release Review

 I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Playin' With My Friends, by Jeff Pitchell and it's a cool blues rocker. Opening with Eye For An Eye, Jeff Pitchell on lead vocal and guitar sets up a real nice shuffle. With smooth, Steve Miller like vocals and cool style Pitchell is joined by Wolf Ginandes on bass, Floyd Murphy Jr. on drums and Jeff Levine on keys. Solid opener. Your Magic Eyes, has a definite SRV/Johnny Lang feel with lush guitar rhythm and stinging riffs. One of my favorites on the release is  Magic Sam's  Out In The Cold with it's Rhumba rhythm, soulful vocals and solid guitar, paired up with Jimmie Vaughan's son Tyrone with a comparable sound to Wait's, Down In The Hole, used as the theme track for TV's The Wire. Very nice. Rick Derringer joins Pitchell on vocal and guitar on Unsung Hero of the Blues. Derringer was an early influence of mine from his early work with Johnny Winter And (blistering blues). A real nice track with the addition of Teo Leyasmeyer on keys. Claudette King adds some badass lead vocals on Playin' With My Friends, with it's cool shuffle rhythm. Pitchell lays down some real nice guitar riffs on this one and Dave Natale on bass, Steve Peck on drums and Danny Fontanella really makes this track shine. Wrapping the release is Bobby Blue Bland's classic, I Wouldn't Treat A Dog, just dripping with soul. Pitchell's vocals are strong and his guitar work is lush. Backed by Mike Nunno on bass and Ephraim on drums, this is an excellent closer.

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