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Showing posts with label West Coast Toast. Show all posts
Showing posts with label West Coast Toast. Show all posts

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Delta Groove Music artist: Mitch Kashmar - West Coast Toast - New Release review

I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, West Coast Toast, by Mitch Kashmar and it swings. Opening with hot shuffle, East of 82nd Street, Mitch Kashmar on harp is joined by Junior Watson on guitar, Fred Kaplan on keys, Bill Stuve on upright bass and Marty Dodson on drums. Mitch really rocks it on this one and Watson is throwing fire from the frets. Super opener. With a Latin flavor,Willie Dixon's Too Many Cooks, has a cool groove featuring Mitch on lead vocal, claves and harp. Dodson's precision playing and glistening chords from Watson set the pace and Kaplan's solo on piano is strong. Henry Glover's Young Girl is up next with Chicago style. With a solid bottom Kashmar vocals are tops and his harp playing is soulful and adventurous. Cool swinger, The Petroleum Blues, has a super 12 bar feel and and Kashmar sits nicely in the groove. Watson nails it on guitar again with a really nicely styled guitar solo. Slowing the pace down a bit, Mood Indica, gives Kashmar the chance to really milk the blues from his harp. Kaplan's piano work is really cool and blended with Watson's guitar work, this is my favorite track on the release. Cool boogie track, Don't Stay Out All Night, rides nicely on Stuve and Dodson's bottom giving Kashmar space to stretch vocally and Watson to trade solo's with Kashmar. Gritty Chicago blues, My Lil' Stumptown Shack, is as pure as it gets. Kashmar's vocals are deep and a super weaving of blues instrumentation by Kashmar, Kaplan and Watson are planted solidly on the work of Stuve and Dodson. One of my favorites on the release is Alcohol Blues with a straight groove and a nice walking bass line by Stuve. Kashmar's vocals are clear and his harp solos sit nicely on Watson and Kaplans work. Very cool. Wrapping the release is Canoodlin', a silky smooth jazz instrumental which at over 7 minutes gives Kasmar, Kaplan and Watson each super opportunities to dish out some solid solos. Excellent closer for a tasty release.

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Friday, October 21, 2016

Mitch Kashmar "West Coast Toast"

Mitch Kashmar "West Coast Toast"

Featuring: Junior Watson, Bill Stuve, Fred Kaplan, and Marty Dodson

West Coast Toast heralds the arrival of Mitch Kashmar's long-awaited third studio album from Delta Groove. Although fans had the live recording Live at Labatt (2008) and a CD reissue of his early '80s era LP 100 Miles to Go (2010) to tide them over, it's been ten years since his last full studio effort, Wake Up & Worry (2006). This time out, Mitch pays tribute to his legacy, tipping his musical hat to the unique sounds of West Coast blues with a program of well-chosen covers mixed in with his own original compositions, all filtered through his own individualistic approach to the blues, and distilled down into the essence of what the blues is today. Together with the stellar backing musicianship of Junior Watson (guitar), Fred Kaplan (piano), Bill Stuve (bass) and Marty Dodson (drums), Mitch Kashmar ably proves that the golden era of West Coast blues harmonica isn’t behind us – it’s still happening right now!

"Few blues singers, songwriters, & harmonica blowers performing today can top Mitch Kashmar." - Living Blues Magazine

"Kashmar has harmonica chops to spare and possesses an unsurpassed vocal prowess." - BLUES JUNCTION Productions

“Mitch Kashmar is my absolute favorite blues harp player of his generation, and one of my favorites period! He's also a first-class vocalist - his singing really knocks me out.” - William Clarke

"You're playing and singing are superb!" - Charlie Musselwhite

10/18/16: München, Germany - Alfonso's Live-Music Club
10/19/16: Chur, Switzerland - Calanda Restaurant
10/20/16: Rimsting, Germany - Blues Club Chiemgau
10/21/16: Sargans, Switzerland - Jazzclub
10/22/16: Luzern, Switzerland - Tschuppi's Wonderbar
10/24/16: Müllheim, Germany - Pur Pur "Blues Monday"
10/25/16: Emmendingen, Germany - Culture Mill Mehlsack
10/26/16: Kandern, Germany - ChaBah
10/27/16: Fürth, Germany - Kofferfabrik
10/30/16: Berlin, Germany - Hans Rosenthal House
10/30/16: Potsdam, Germany - Schiffsrestaurant John Barnett
11/01/16: Bremen, Germany - Meisenfrei Blues Club
11/02/16: Hannover, Germany - Marlene Bar & Bühne
11/04/16: København, Denmark - Mojo Blues Bar
11/05/16: Frederikshavn, Denmark - Frederikshavn


Featuring: Fred Kaplan, Bill Stuve and Washington Rucker

"Long doesn't sample the old country blues; he inhabits it." - All Music Guide

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- Al Blake / Hollywood Blue Flames

“If you wanted to make an argument for reincarnation, John is it.” – Zach Zunis

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"Nobody gets it done better than Bob Corritore.” – No Depression