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Zoe Schwarz feat. Blue Commotion - Good Times (2012)

28-12-2014, 19:42
Music | Jazz | Blues

Zoe Schwarz feat. Blue Commotion - Good Times (2012)

Artist: Zoe Schwarz feat. Blue Commotion
Title Of Album: Good Times
Year Of Release: 2012
Label: 33 Jazz
Genre: Blues, Electric Blues
Quality: Mp3
Bitrate: 320 kbps
Total Time: 65:36 Min
Total Size: 159 Mb


1. If I Didn't Sing I'd Cry
2. Fine and Mellow
3. Take Me Back
4. You Shook Me Baby
5. I'll Do Anything
6. Beatitudes
7. That's Why I'm Crying
8. Too Darn Rich to Be Happy
9. Blues Get Off My Shoulder
10. Voodoo Woman
11. I'm Leaving You
12. Give Him Up Girl
13. There's Only You
14. Beatitudes (Radio Version)

On this, the band’s third album, of thirteen numbers, seven are originals, which are supplied by lead singer Zoe and (husband) Rob Koral, guitar; these numbers display the full and explosive range of the band which are; Si Genaro; harmonica, Pete Whittaker; Hammond organ, Rodney Teague; bass and Paul Robinson on drums; together they produce a crisp, clear and punchy sound that has serious rasping jazz inflections.
Zoe’s musical tastes and voice range are fully reflected in her choice of covers, as in Billie Holiday’s “Fine and Mellow,” her clipped enunciation moves between utter desolation and a reluctant helpless acceptance; something that Billie herself experienced and described only too well in her short, sad life. There is also a Nina Simone/ Shirley Bassey edginess that bellows out from the speakers and lingers in the air. The rich and sweetly mellow textured guitar work is juxtaposed with the brash, confidently striding Hammond that defiantly exudes a sixties feel that Georgie Fame defined so well.
Koko Taylor’s “Voodoo Woman,” is given a sweaty and gritty soul revue workout with the organ, most definitely working overtime at the centre; there is even a passage in it that possesses a hint of the ‘Italian Job,’ theme tune. The edgy, grubby, low life harmonica playing is highly effective on numbers such as; “There’s Only You,” and “ I’ll Do Anything,” you can almost feel, the dirt on your collar. “Take Me Back,” is most certainly a crowd pleaser with the infectious call and response chorus, while the jumping, swinging “If I Didn’t Sing I’d Cry,” is enjoyably propelled by an insistent harmonica/guitar riffing underneath Zoe’s high volume stabbing, staccato vocals in competition with an urgent hopping organ.
Willie Dixon’s “You Shook Me Baby” is a lovely, easy paced shuffling stroll around with the entire band coming to the fore. The monumental centrepiece is the dramatic slowburning “Beatitudes,” an achingly, profound slowburner, with building, praising organ and guitar that climb to the zenith with Zoe leading the way.
A fine album! (Brian Harman)

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