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Gary Allegretto - Many Shades Of Blue (2008)

4-01-2015, 09:24
Music | Blues | Rock

Gary Allegretto - Many Shades Of Blue (2008)

Artist: Gary Allegretto
Title Of Album: Many Shades Of Blue
Year Of Release: 2008
Label: Big Fiore Records
Genre: Blues, Harmonica Blues
Format: Mp3
Quality: 320 kbps
Total Time: 54:38 Min
Total Size: 132 Mb


1. She Speaks To Me
2. Somerset
3. Good To Go
4. Four Days Late
5. Never The Same
6. Hurry Down Rounder
7. Bad Man
8. Tattoo Of Truth
9. Saddle My Pony
10. Settle Down Blues
11. Back To Memphis
12. Mind Your Own Business
13. Risk Of Love
14. John's Kitchen Rag

This superb album by the American singer and harmonica player is under consideration for a Grammy Award as Best Contemporary Blues Album. It is mostly self penned and several name players appear including Ivan Neville. The sound quality is brilliant, so warm it feels as if you’re in the room with the band playing. You can truly appreciate the amazing empathy of the musicians who have obviously played together many times. This highlights a very special musical gift that seems to have been overlooked by the critics.

Allegretto has a rare and distinctive quality as a bandleader. The same gift that Miles Davis was noted for; that of being able to conduct, lead, draw together a band with just a slight gesture musical or physical, it seems almost telepathic as, after a chorus or two of ensemble playing, the harmonica just draws all of the musicians back to the main theme. The solos are economical, and the instrumental interplay is faultless. The harmonica playing is exemplary and the drumming is impeccable with a lightness of touch and a perfect back beat. Every track is good but ‘Tattoo of Truth’ really stood out as the crowning jewel of a brilliant piece of work. Allegretto captures the feel and sound of John Lee Hooker’s early Chess tracks and marries it to a new song. Most styles of city and country blues are explored and the album gets better with every listen. (Vicky Martin)

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