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Showing posts with label Ted Drozdowski. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Ted Drozdowski. Show all posts

Friday, October 9, 2020

Peter Parcek - Mississippi Suitcase - New Release Review

 I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Mississippi Suitcase, from Peter Parcek and it may be his best yet. Opening with The World Is Upside Down, Peter Parcek opens his grittiest and rockinist release, with a driving rhythm and blazing guitar. With a rock modified blues track, Parcek has lead vocal and guitar, backed by Tim Carman on drums, Tom West on keys, and Marc Hickox on bass. Really solid.  With it's march style snare drum rhythm, Everybody Oughta Make A Change has a cool, relaxed blues feel. Parcek's vocals and lead guitar seem to float over the tight drum pattern giving the track a different kind of feel. Very nice. Bob Dylan's, Beyond Here Lies Nothing, has an interesting, easy Latin feel, reminding me of early Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac Blues band with nice slide work and phrasing by Parcek. Followed by The Supernatural, a strong Peter Green composition, Parcek really works the fretboard over with a strong guitar lead composition. Excellent! Mississippi Suitcase, (Slight Return) is a super blues rocker with formidable guitar riffs, a cool organ solo by West, a strong bass line and snappy drums. Parcek's vocals are meaty and the track has guts. Very nice. Slower blues shuffle, Until My Love Come Down, has a real nice pace with soulful organ work by West and with a nice guitar guitar exchange between Parcek and Ted Drozdowski. She Likes To Boogie Real Slow has a cool loping rhythm and Parcek and West trade riffs making the track a real head bobber. Wrapping the release is an interesting instrumental, A Head Full of Ghosts, which I really like. With Carman on drums, primarily on tom toms, a nice stream of keys by West, Hickox on bass and beautifully articulated lead guitar by Parcek, the release leaves you wanting more. Very nice. 


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Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Dolly Sez Woof artist: Ted Drozdowski's Scissormen - Love & Life - New Release Review

I just received the newest release, Love & Life, by Ted Drozdowski's Scissormen and I really like it! It's raw and ragged approach with overloaded guitar distortion combination is really cool. Opening with Beggin' Jesus, a rough and tumble blues rocker, Drozdowski carries the melody vocally and rips into his guitar with strong impact. Backed by Matt Snow on drums, Marshall Dunn on bass and Paul Brown on keys this is a great opener. Letter From Hell has a Bo Diddley beat driven by Snow and complimented by Robert E McClain on bass. Drozdowski does some real nice fretboard runs but never leaves the garage sound. River is a solemn bluesy ballad with a lot of room to breathe. Drozdowski's vocals are almost trance like and he lays down a very effective guitar lead line. Very very cool! Watermelon Kid is a slow rocking boogie with an interesting story line. A hot loosely played guitar solo is cool and effective. Mighty Sam McClain takes the mic for Let's Go To Memphis giving the track a more definitive R&B/Blues feel and structure. R.L. Burnside (Sleight Return) is a really sweet track with a familiar bass groove and a chorus similar to a Steve Winwood track but with a great twist on the bridge and flaming guitar interludes. Excellent! A total rework of Muddy Waters' Can't Be Satisfied maintains the soul of the track but this thing is stripped down so far it's own mother wouldn't recognize it. With only tambourine and diddley bow, this track is way cool. Check it out! Black Lung Fever is the most straight forward delta style blues track on the release. This is a really nicely composed track reflecting on Drozdowski's own heritage. This is one of those tracks that starts off as an easy grooves and then beats you to death with impact. Excellent! Dreaming On the Road is a quiet folk tune with easy acoustic resonator accompaniment. Followed by Lived To Tell provides the contrast coming out with all guns blazing. The track quiets down for the delivery of the primary melody but when the guitar is open...IT IS OPEN. Very cool! Wrapping the release is Unwanted Man (for Weepin' Willie Robinson), with a simple blues structure. Drozdowski creates significant tension on slide behind his own vocals before laying down ragged guitar riffs. This is a really interesting release with blues roots and rough edges. The more I listen to it the more i like it. I suggest you get a copy and check it out!

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