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Showing posts with label Franco Paletta and the Stingers. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Franco Paletta and the Stingers. Show all posts

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Franco Paletta & The Stingers - I Like It Just Like That - New Release Review

I Just received the newest release, I Like It Just Like That, from Franco Paletta and it's really tasty! Opening with Oh Baby, a groovin' blues with a strong walking blues bass line from Timmer Blakely, really rich vocals from Paletta and scorching guitar riffs from JT Thomas. Born To Please is a boppin funk blues with a call and response between Paletta and Thomas. Addition of horns from Joe McCarthy (trumpet), Scott Franklin (tenor sax), Jeff Homan (alto sax) this track moves! Thomas really gets the opportunity to show off a bit n this track and his playing is very enjoyable. On When She Do That Thing She Do, Paletta breaks out the harp for some warm riffs and Steve Kerin adds some crisp keyboard work leading up to very clean solos from Paletta and Thomas. On retro blues rocker,She's My Little Girl, Jonathan Barber sets up a solid drum pattern and the band "Twists" into blues land. The guitar riffs on this track are hot with cool double stop action and rock n roll licks. On laid back I Like It Like That, Paletta really shows how perfect his voice is for this band. Taking the rockin at a leisurely "canoe ride" pace (think Taj Mahal) these guys really show their versatility. Pretty Baby has particularly cool soloing from Thomas and Paletta and the band is really showing how tight they are. You all know how much I love the deep blues and Livin' The Blues Again fills the bill on a particularly soulful ballad. This 5 plus minute track allows Thomas to show really warm guitar tones and tasteful riffs. Red Hot Lovers, a swinging blues track, has a great sound and has you bouncing along as you groove. Vocal harmonies with Paletta and Blakely are really smooth and horns really warm up the bottom opening a great hole with Steely Dan like precision for Thomas to step in and play unexpectedly like Danny Gatton. Paletta jumps back in on harp for a while but it's his vocals that carry the show. 50's style ballad, It Brings A Tear, invites all of the couples on the floor for some close dancing and finds Thomas playing some very fluid guitar riffs leading into a very soulful harp solo from Paletta. Final track, I Really Want To Sing The Blues, has a strong blues boogie beat that I relate to early Savoy Brown. This is a really cool track driven by Kerin on piano and Barber on drums. Paletta steps up for one final tap on the harp and Thomas comes back with C. Berry style rockin guitar riffs. This is a really cool recording and one that is a cut above much of what I hear every day. Super job guys!

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Wednesday, December 7, 2011

New Release - Can't Kick Love - Franco Paletta and the Stingers - review

I just received a copy of the new release from Franco Paletta and the Stingers called "Can't Kick Love". The band is made up of Franco Paletta on Vocal and Harp, Timmer Blakely on Bass, David Ward on Guitars, Jon Beyer on Drums, Steve Kevin on Piano and Organs, John Soller on Hammond B3. This is a tight little package of blues mostly in the upbeat style (call it what you will...not that good with definitions). All I know for sure is it's put together well, has great instrumentals and vocals. There are some real stand out harp, piano and guitar soloing on this recording disbursed throughout. I know it's the lazy mans way out but I'n not often a man of a lot of words... ok...let me rephrase that. I may go off for a while but music is subjective. Rather than tell you that I liked each song individually, I'll say I wasn't real keen on one song, Southbound but the rest of the recording was really good. The stand out track for me is "My Baby's Leavin" with use of great effects and abundant soloing.

Hope I convinced you to pick up a copy... you'll like it!

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