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The Lewsh Project - The Lewsh Project (2013)

4-10-2013, 21:59
Music | Blues | Funk

The Lewsh Project - The Lewsh Project (2013)

Artist: The Lewsh Project
Title Of Album: The Lewsh Project
Year Of Release: 2013
Label: Lewsh
Genre: Funky Blues
Format: MP3
Quality: 320 kbps, 44.1 Khz
Total Time: 48:58
Total Size: 114 Mb
Covers: Front

01. Darkness In Your Eyes (3:25)
02. Cajun Stomp (4:00)
03. Seal Is Broken (4:01)
04. Music In My Soul (6:01)
05. Snow Is Falling (5:15)
06. Nothing At All (5:24)
07. Delicious Interlude (4:32)
08. You Never Told Me (That You Loved Me) (7:03)
09. Flame (4:16)
10. The Money Blues (4:55)

Canadian folkie Valdy’s famous line was “Play me a rock and roll song”, but did he mean play it on a saxophone or a trumpet? The late sixties and seventies were times of change in the rock biz. Inspired perhaps by Miles Davis plugging in and the world fusion of Weather Report and some great blues bands like Paul Butterfield, the music world saw the rise of bands like Colosseum, The Ides of March, Electric Flag, Blood Sweat &Tears, Tower of Power and Chicago, all making room on stage for horn sections. Then again, a wailing horn section was nothing new to 60s rhythm and blues stars like James Brown or Ray Charles.

In Canada, Lighthouse and Crowbar were establishing their reputations, while in Winnipeg, a group of West Kildonan kids were making heads turn with their rock and funk horn-based music. That band was Mojo and the Nighthawks, a highly popular Winnipeg group through the early 70s. Like the majority of bands, they soared and then settled back down to earth, with the members of Mojo and the Nighthawks eventually going their separate musical ways. Keyboardist/saxophonist/vocalist Leonard Shaw, bassist Sandy Chochinov and guitarist Dave Garber moved on to Toronto where they hooked up with the former Winnipeg rock icon, Dianne Heatherington; they also worked on some of producer Daniel Lanois’ pre-Brian Eno projects. Eventually, Shaw and Chochinov returned to Winnipeg while Garber left the Big Smoke for the Big Apple where he’s become a seasoned session player.

Shaw and Chochinov continue to make Winnipeg their home, and the long time friends have never stopped making music together.

Shaw has built a solid career, moving from Mojo and the Nighthawks to Junior Barnes and the Cadillacs, then a longish Toronto stint with Backstreet, Ian Hunter, Ian Thomas, Heatherington, and as a backup to music icons like Ben E. King, Del Shannon, the Drifters and the Marvellettes among others. His main gig since 1990 has been with the touring version of The Guess Who, but you’ll also find him playing around town with his trio in a jazzier/bluesier vein or with All The King’s Men or The Ministers of Cool.

Chochinov continued to hone his bass playing skills to the point of master craftsmanship, and worked with blues artists like Brent Parkin, Wally Landreth and Ellen McIlwaine, and has been documenting his musical ideas with a run of self-penned and self-produced recordings that feature his unique compositions and lyrics, usually in cahoots with many of the talented musicians Winnipeg boasts about. Which brings us to the ”Lewsh Project”, a new recording about to get its official release on Sunday June 9th at the King’s Head. The music was conceived by Shaw and Chochinov. It’s somewhat blues based and inspired by their many musical influences and the grooves they love to play over. Fellow Nighthawk guitarist Garber adds his touch on every track, with other musicians like drummer Paul DeLong and trombonist Barry Shaw chipping in contributions.

Garber says: "Playing and collaborating with Lewsh & Sandy on this project has been a truly inspiring musical experience. Our roots and connection is as strong as ever regardless of the time that has passed."

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