Showing posts with label progressive blues. Show all posts
Showing posts with label progressive blues. Show all posts

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Buddaheads Mumbo Jumbo

Alan Mirikitani, A.k.a. BB Chung King, is an L.A. legend on the electric guitar and the leader of one of L.A.'s most famous bands, The Buddaheads. A complete master of rock, blues, rhythm and blues, jazz, and pop, there are few who have ever played with his confidence, mastery, and impeccable taste. Guitar playing, however, is only a small part of his talent. He is also a commanding singer, a world-class song writer, having written for Shamekia Copeland, Curtis Salgado, Ruth Brown, Bettye Lavette, and many others, an accomplished producer, a brilliant arranger, and if that's not enough, a highly sought after engineer. Only DaVinci was as well-rounded. It is no surprise then, that his newest album, MUMBO JUMBO, combines all aspects of his immense talent and may very well become a classic of the genre.
Mirikitani's collection of 14 essentially guitar-driven compositions, give him plenty of room to shock, rock, and amaze with the intensity with his playing and the emotion in his voice. The songs are all extremely well-written with great melodies and hooks. In addition, they have a directness and simplicity, with lyrics that paint colorful pictures and evoke heartfelt emotions, from pain to joy, from the blues to raw, aggressive party time feel and ends with a soft love-filled ode to his youngest son, William. Mirikitani is backed on Mumbo Jumbo by Lee Spath on drums, Boyd Lefan on electric bass and also gets a little help from some very classy friends.

1.All Night Long 2.Mumbo Jumbo 3.Hurricane 4.Hold On 5.For to Long 6.Wine, Women & Workin' 7.Mood For Love 8.Tupelo Honey 9.Show Down 10.Amen 11.Sooner or Later 12.Jeff & His Little Buddies 13.Don't Cry


Sunday, December 13, 2009

Bluestone and Company Supernatural Delights

Excellent new instrumental studio disc from the ultimate bluesy heavy guitar jam band from Japan called Bluestone Company (formerly known as Savoy Truffle) featuring 10 tracks (60 minutes) of outstanding, retro-70's, bluesy, southern-inspired, heavy guitar, jam-based, rock/fusion that showcases Super Guitar Hero - Toshihiro Sumitomo and his vast talents on the guitar. A first-rate, incredible guitar heavy musical document that is all about phenomenal, deep, dynamic muscianship/grooves plus serious extended jamming from Toshihiro and the superbly talented Bluestone Co. brothers. Highly recommended to fans of Gov t Mule (Warren Haynes), Allman Bros. and Plankton. The Bluestone Company: Supernatural Delight disc is an outstanding bluesy, instrumental heavy guitar document that is Highly recommended to fans of Warren Haynes/Gov't Mule, Allman Bros., Duane Allman, Derek Trucks, Hendrix, Cream, Robin Trower, Rory Gallagher, SRV, Robben Ford, Joe Bonamassa, Chris Duarte & Plankton among other world-class, serious, bluesy Axemasters who rule the Guitar World.

1. S.S.S.2. Got Your Spell On Me 3. Electric Rainbow4. Real Gate 5. Song of Yesterday 6. Colonel Panic 7. Stomp 8. Rubber Necking 9. Cissy Strut 10. Desert Blues


Friday, March 27, 2009

Robin Sylar - Bust Out

The tradition of Texas blues is as wide as Texas itself. Sometimes it is easy to wonder if new blood can be struck from the same old vein. Just the opposite would be true of Robin Sylar. Faithful but forceful interpretations of vintage instrumentals are only a part of the Sylar story. Robin Sylar has played with blues icons Stevie Ray Vaughan (in their group Crackerjack), Doyle Bramhall (bass, guitar & vocals - Bird Nest on the Ground), James Harmon, Big Joe Turner, George Smith, Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson, Marcia Ball, Randy Mcallister, Robert Ealey, U.P. Wilson and even joined Canned Heat for a year. Producer Wes Race just let these guys do it their way and it shows right from the blistering first track: "Bust Out," to the finale "Flashback," an eight minute and 40 second guitar lesson! Some of the major highlights start at #3: "Dynomite Nitro", an up-tempo shuffle, complete with an appropriate amount of vocal distortion which sounds like he's singing through an old 60s "Fuzzbox." Number four. (Bertha Lu) takes on a tough edge with some hilarious lyrics. The song "Scratchy" is a cross between Link Wray and Davie Allan & The Arrows, with Fahey-esque sound effects-and all hell breaks loose. His guitar takes a step beyond on track #6: "Wild Cherry." There are fifteen tracks, and you've got to think fun. That's what this record is all about-hell raising. Screamin' Jay Hawkins would've loved these guys. Check this out and put a smile on your face!

1.BustOut 2. Louisiana Lava Man 3. Dynomite Nitro 4. Bertha Lu 5. Scratchy 6. Wild Cherry 7. Delivery Boy 8. Dux 9. Taken For A Ride 10. Double Dip 11. Queen Of The Hop 12. Steel Trap 13. Wild Angels 14. Made Up My Mind 15. Flashback



Robin Sylar - Tricked Out

Better guitar, better choice of songs – hey he even does justice to the classic “You're Gonna Miss Me” by the 13th Floor Elevators as a major slash psyche jam that would do them proud. Absolutely recommended. Get them both and make your own killer mix.

1 You're Gonna Miss Me 2 Shaking All Over 3 Iko Iko 4 Hollywood Millionaire 5 Heart Of Stone 6 Pretty Girls7 Shot Time 8 Back To Iuka 9 Surf Puppy10 Can't Judge A Book11 Misirlou12 Sugar Bee13 Hand Jive14 Wine Spo-Dee-Odee (aka Drinkin Wine-Spo-Dee-O-Dee Drinkin Wine)15 Pipeline



Saturday, December 29, 2007

Derek Cooper and the Minis – Cool Blast

Derek Cooper and the Minis are back with another serving of original blues tunes. Moving on from their first release "Candies" , this one has more jazz blues guitar riffs over funky blues beats coming your way. Growing out of listening to Television, Santana, Ten Years After, Savoy Brown, John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers, and Booker T and the MGs-this set ranges from slow blues to slightly twisted cajun blues on to james brown/green onions retro 60s hip. You will know from the first cut "Funky Boots" if this cd is for you. Perfect for parties with hip shakin mamas in black minis and dresses with swirlin frills.

1 Funky Boots 2 Stone Men 3 Lost 4 Low Tech
5 One Day 6 Yon't Call 7 Hard Ground 8 Your All 9 Workin 10 Take It
11 Like It Is

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