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I started a quest to find terrific blues music and incredible musicianship when I was just a little kid. I also have a tremendous appreciation of fine musical instruments and equipment. One of my greatest joys all of my life was sharing my finds with my friends. I'm now publishing my journey. I hope that you come along!

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Friday, December 18, 2020

VizzTone Label Group artist: Artur Menezes - Fading Away - New Release Review


I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Fading Away, from Artur Menezes, and it's a strong contemporary blues rock entry. Opening with title track, Fading Away, with a catchy melody and Hendrix style riffs, a drone bass riff and a wide open pathway for nicely crafted guitar soloing by Menezes. Backed by Gui Bodi on bass, Lemar Carter on drums and Kesha Shantrell and Revel Day on backing vocals. Solid opener. Come On is a strong blues rocker with a cool tapping riff and a driving bottom. With the addition of Joe Bonamassa on guitar, this track has some really nice guitar work and a great rock feel. Instrumental, Northeast, with it's jagged drumming against offset soaring guitar guitar soloing is a real interesting track. Very nice. With a lush, jazzy feel, Free At Last featuring Josh Smith on guitar, and Carey Frank on B3,  Travis Carlton on bass, Matt Mitchell on rhythm guitar has a definite Brazilian feel. Very cool. Wrapping the release is Green Card Blues, a great Jimi influenced rocker with bluesy roots and dark vocal tones. This last track is nearly 10 minutes long and not a second is wasted. Excellent! I really like Menezes' releases, often making obvious references to classic players but giving it his own direction. Check this release out. It's a strong new player. 

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