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Showing posts with label In The Mix. Show all posts
Showing posts with label In The Mix. Show all posts

Monday, March 2, 2015

Jazzhaus Records artist: Bernard Allison - In The Mix - New Release review

I just received the newest release (March 17, 2015), In The Mix, from Bernard Allison and it's tight. Opening with Colin James track Five Long Years, Allison kicks out a top notch rocker featuring George Moye on bass, Mario Dawson on drums, Bruce McCabe on keys and a real nice sax solo from Jose Ned James. Allison gnashes his blues guitar teeth on a reprise setting the track on afterburners. Easy blues rocker Call Me Momma has a bit of the New Orleans funky groove and Allison's vocals are smooth. Luther Allison's Move From The Hood has a great blues groove set by Moye and Allison's vocals are perfect. Allison lays into the guitar for some swinging blues solos making this one of my favorite tracks on the release. Tell Me Who, a sweet soul ballad, again shows the strength of Allison's vocals and sets up nicely for smokin solo riffs from James and Allison. Very nice! Something's Wrong has a real hot 12 bar Elmore James feel with hot slide work complimented by McCabe on piano. Excellent! Lust For You has a swampy feel with Mark "Muggie" Leach laying down a really nice B3 solo over Moye's solid bass lead. Allison fuses jazz and blues riffs for a real hot bluesy feel. Very nice! Tyrone Davis' I Had It All The Same has a bluesier feel than the original with a high stepping rhythm and great blues guitar riffs. Freddie King's I'd Rather Be Blind, has a really nice feel with soaring bends and slightly funky phrasing. Leach's B3 work and SRV like riffs contrasted against the groove set by Moye and Dawson makes for a real nice arrangement of this classic. Set Me Free has a real cocky saunter fostered mostly by Allison's vocal delivery. Leach rolls out another classic B3 solo on this track and Allison grinds out another hot solo of his own. Hot! Closing the release is Luther Allison's Moving On Up, a real R&B style blues classic. Moye, Dawson and Leach set a smooth stage for Allison on vocal and guitar to conclude this super new release.

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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Bluesman Bernard Allison Is "In the Mix" on First New Studio Album in Six Years, Coming March 17 on Jazzhaus Records

Bluesman Bernard Allison Is In the Mix on First New Studio Album in Six Years, Coming March 17 on Jazzhaus Records

FREIBURG, GERMANY – Blues guitarist and singer Bernard Allison will release his first new studio album in six years, In the Mix, on March 17 from the Germany-based label, Jazzhaus Records. Produced and arranged by Bernard Allison, In the Mix features 10 tracks, including five originals, as well as covers of two songs from his legendary father, Luther Allison (“Move from the Hood” and “Moving On Up”), plus tunes from Colin James (“Five Long Years”), Freddie King (“I’d Rather Be Blind”) and Tyrone Davis (“I Had It All the Time”).

Although firmly rooted in the blues, the music on In the Mix shows Bernard’s myriad of influences, including soul, rock and R&B. Allison says about the recording sessions: “I was very excited to record with my reformed group. We went into this recording with the mindset to not make a recording flooded with screaming guitars. I just wanted to share my arrangement and songwriting skills, as well as play some tracks I‘ve been holding onto for years.With the help of my bandmates as well as my mom Fannie Mae Allison, I can say I‘m very proud of the outcome of In the Mix, which  reminds me a bit of the old Memphis soul sound with a touch of Hendrix's Band of Gypsys group."

Born in Chicago as the youngest of nine children of iconic bluesman Luther Allison (who bought his son his first guitar), Bernard got the playing bug at an early age when his father began schooling the youngster in the roots of black music and the art of the electric guitar.

“I didn’t start to play until I was maybe 10 years of age,” Allison remembers. “I started by picking up the guitar and listening to my father’s records.” He also absorbed the music of his dad’s influences, including Magic Sam, Otis Rush, T-Bone Walker, Lightnin’ Hopkins and B.B. King, as well as the next generation of stars: Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Johnny Winter.

Bernard made his first appearance on record at 13 and by age 18 had joined his father onstage for shows such as the Chicago Blues Festival. One week after graduating high school, he got the call from the great Koko Taylor, who asked Bernard to be the lead guitar player in her band. He played with Koko Taylor’s Blues Machine for three years, getting a wonderful education in how to behave both on and off the stage, and also backing the great Willie Dixon.

The 1980s brought contemporary influences and friendships with Johnny Winter and Stevie Ray Vaughan, and in 1990, Bernard Allison recorded his first solo album. Over the next 20 years, he recorded numerous studio and live albums, touring endlessly with his own band. When Luther Allison passed in 1997, son Bernard picked up the blues torch, but carried it with his own light, assuming the challenge of helping to keep the blues alive with his own brand of music that fused blues with rock, soul and other influences to carry it into the next millennium.

“The blues is my roots,” states Allison. “Regardless of how far outside of the blues I reach for tones, I can’t ever leave the blues. Whenever I play, all those guitar parts are Luther Allison coming through me. My dad was the same way; he wasn’t all blues. He loved Otis Redding and Chuck Berry. I’m just showing where my influences come from, and respecting the people who got me to this point.”

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