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Showing posts with label SWMAF Records. Show all posts
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Monday, December 7, 2020

VizzTone Label Group SWMAF Records artists: The Kid Ramos / Bob Corritore - Phoenix Blues Sessions - New Release Review

 


I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Phoenix Blues Sessions, from Kid Ramos and Bob Corritore and I really like it. Opening with Aw Shucks Baby, Kid Ramos and Bob Corritore really have a jam packed release here. With Nappy Brown on lead vocal, Henry Gray on piano, Mario Moreno on bass, Chico Chish on drums, Johnny Rapp on guitar and of course Corritore on harmonica and Ramos on lead guitar this is a solid opener. Super shuffle, Come On In is a perfect style for Ramos' guitar slinging style with it's swagger and features Gray on lead vocal and piano. Ramos walks it out nicely making this one of my release favorites. Slow blues, 24 Hours features Dr. Fish on lead vocal and he really digs in nicely working in really nicely with the soulful guitar lead of Ramos. Another slow blues, Mother In Law Blues, features Chism on lead vocal, Paul Thomas on bass and Tom Mahon on piano. I really like the piano guitar interplay between Mahon and Ramos on this one. Possum In My Tree is another real nice track, this time featuring Big Pete Pearson on vocal. Ramos pulls out the side on this one and with a Muddy Water kind of styling and with Mahon on piano. Very nice. Wrapping the release is Snakes Crawls At Night with Chief Schabuttie Gilliame on lead vocal with strong guitar lead, piano by Mahon on piano and Corritore on harmonica making for a super closer. 


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Monday, September 9, 2013

SWMAF Records artists: Dave Riley and Bob Corritore - Hush Your Fuss! - New Release Review

I just received the newest release (September 17, 2013), Hush Your Fuss!, from Dave Riley and Bob Corritore and is got a great groove! Opening with title track Hush Your Fuss!, a track right from the delta, Riley's gravely voice and Corritore's harp punctuation keep this acoustic brother to Nobody's Fault But Mine on track. Baby Please Come Home has a strong Chicago feel with a more electric sound and Brian Fahey on drums. A smooth Chicago swing gives Corritore a nice opening to play solo. On No Cussin', the men take a Morganfield road and Corritore again plays some real nice harp work in support of Riley's great vocals. Dave "Yahni" Riley Jr. pushes the band along on bass on this very traditional sounding track. Snuff Drippin' Woman has a nice slow pace giving Corritore the opportunity to dig in deep on a gripping harp solo. Riley has authentic blues vocal feel and delivery with clean complimentary guitar riffs. On R&B style track Mississippi Po Boy, Riley shows some of his best vocals on the release. This is a track that should easily garner airplay. Also stepping up a bit on guitar, Riley articulates cleanly. Home In Chicago has a traditional 12 bar feel and keeps it simple with crisp harp riffs from Corritore. Again stepping up on guitar, Riley shows that he knows his way around the fretboard. Hard Headed Woman has the traditional "Train" rhythm lead by Fahey on drums and nicely complimented by Corritore. Happy As A Man Can Be is a cool boogie track with boppin rhythm guitar from Riley and solid harping from Corritore behind Riley's vocals. Both Corritore and Riley play some of their best riffs on the release and Corritore gets into a smokin' harp solo with great tone on this track. Go Ahead And Blame Me takes a slower pace and you can actually smell the smoke and alcohol from the club. Really nice track. My Baby's Gone is back to mostly acoustic sound with Riley accompanying himself on guitar and soloing by Corritore. A real nice Chicago sound. Oil Spill Blues is one of my favorite tracks on the release with strong blues building blocks on rhythm guitar and a balance of vocal and harp for music track. Again Corritore steps up and takes a great solo on harp. Laughing Blues is an unusual track featuring subdued melody and primitive singing. An interesting cool down number for a pretty cool release.

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Although not a track from the new CD. a good example of the duo at work.