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ALTERED FIVE BLUES BAND/Ten Thousand Watts: Mixing equal parts ZZ Top and Muddy Waters, these bad boys from Milwaukee deliver the blues goods for contemporary audiences that don't know from northern migration and cotton picking but have to release pent up energy. With added doses of funk and producer Tom Hambridge's special sauce, they all deliver a real big league effort that will have awards chasing them instead of the other way around. Hot stuff throughout.
(Blind Pig 5172)

FABRIZIO SCIACCA QUARTET/Getting' It There: A rising, young bass ace makes his solo debut with a tribute to Ron Carter that draws real praise from Carter as it will you. Well versed and schooled in daddio cool jazz, Sciacca is playing in the moment, not looking back even if this set is about tipping the cap. Tasty throughout as it gives air to what sounds like a lot of Blue Note greatest hits (in vibe), this is a star of tomorrow strutting his stuff now. Well done.

PEARRING SOUND/Nothing But Time: An experimental sax jazz trio that isn't as interested in playing lounge music for martini drinkers as it is in playing for concert halls on Mars letting it's wily and wild angular improv kick ears open. Mixing everything from cartoon music to progressive electronics, this stew works wonders and will give progressive tastes a big kick. Fun stuff from the let side of the ledger that works well.

MOONSHINE SOCIETY/Sweet Thing: Sure, they're a bunch of white kids with the blues but that doesn't stop them from turning in the kind of rollicking, house rocking set that could never come out on a label bigger than Chess and recorded with no budget but plenty of chops and attitude. They even go so far as the have some Chess staples in their original mix. No strangers to rubbing elbows with the crème of the crop, the mixture of chops and penumbra really kicks ass. With a leading lady that's really a leading layering the way, this crew knows how to make Koko Taylor and Willie Dixon smile down upon them. Killer stuff.

POLLY O'KEARY & the Rhythm Method/As Live As It Gets: Maybe it's an anti-#metoo thing to say, but this power/powerful blues rock trio of white kids with the blues is masterfully led by a gal that can bring home the bacon and fry it up in a pan as evidenced by her having a shelf of blues awards that's more than she can hold at one time. Crackling like a live downed power wire, prepare to have your night set on fire before you put this on and hear why this bunch owns the Washington blues scene. Top shelf throughout.

Volume 43/Number 283
July 31, 2019
830 W. Route 22 #144
Lake Zurich, IL., 60047
CHRIS SPECTOR, Editor and Publisher
Copyright 2019 Midwest Record

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