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7-02-2015, 18:20
Music | Blues

Breezy Rodio - So Close To It (2015)

Artist: Breezy Rodio
Guests: Chris Foreman, Billy Branch, Lurrie Bell, Carl Weathersby
Title Of Album: So Close To It
Year Of Release: 2015
Genre: Chicago Blues
Label: Windchill Records
Quality: MP3 VBR
Total Time: 66:09
Total Size: 101 Mb
Covers: Front

01. When My Heart Beats Like A Hammer (4:37)
02. So Close To It (4:27)
03. Just About To Lose Your Clown (Feat. Chris Foreman) (2:30)
04. Walking With My Baby (Feat. Billy Branch) (4:51)
05. Sneakin' Around (3:53)
06. Time To Come Back Home (3:48)
07. Too Lazy (3:16)
08. Mary (4:50)
09. The Day I Met You (Feat. Carl Weathersby & Joe Barr) (6:49)
10. I Can't Get Enough Of You (2:51)
11. Please Accept My Love (Feat. Chris Foreman) (6:02)
12. I Win Some More (Feat. Lurrie Bell) (5:09)
13. One Broken Heart For Sale (Feat. Chris Foreman) (3:43)
14. How Much Can A Poor Man Take (4:25)
15. Evil Hearted Woman (4:52)

On So Close To It, Breezy reaffirms his crisp, clean mastery of electric blues guitar, displaying a keen sense of tradition and proving himself a convincing vocalist as well. He’s invited another cadre of Chicago’s top blues luminaries to join him, led by harpist extraordinaire Billy Branch, searing guitarist Bell, and two-fisted pianist Ariyo. Hammond B-3 master Chris Foreman is on board too, along with jazz mainstays Art Davis and Bill Overton on trumpet and saxophone respectively. Bassist Light Palone and drummer Lorenzo Francocci constitute a supple rhythm section that gives Rodio precisely the rhythmic push his approach requires.
So Close To It is dominated by Rodio’s well-crafted originals. The title track is a hard-edged shuffle sparked by Quique Gomez’s harp and some unexpected tempo changes, while Branch wails the high-end licks on the grinding “Walking With My Baby (She’s So Fine),” its gritty storyline name-checking one of the city’s leading blues thoroughfares. “Time To Come Back Home” is a horn-driven houserocker, the straight-up shuffle “Mary” opens with stinging, Albert King-tinged Rodio guitar before he takes to the mic, and an elegant “The Day I Met You” elicits more marvelous Breezy fretwork and boasts memorable vocal turns from longtime Chicago favorites Joe Barr and Carl Weathersby.
Lurrie steps up vocally for an utterly sublime, T-Bone-influenced downbeat gem, “I Win Some More.” The stop-time romp “I Can’t Get Enough Of You” reveals Breezy’s lighthearted, swinging side, and a lowdown “How Much Can A Poor Man Take” brings the set deep down in the alley.
Breezy is particularly enamored of B.B. King’s songbook, reviving his mournful “When My Heart Beats Like A Hammer” as well as a pair of tunes originated by others but popularized by B.B., “Sneakin’ Around” (first out by Rudy Render) and “Please Accept My Love,” originally waxed by Jimmy Wilson. There’s a sleek, surging treatment of Ray Charles’ “You’re Just About To Lose Your Clown,” a revival of T-Bone Walker’s droll “Too Lazy,” and a splendid redo of Elvis Presley’s Otis Blackwell-penned “One Broken Heart For Sale.” Cut live, the closing “Evil Hearted Woman,” another T-Bone goodie, is an exquisite slice of after-hours fare sporting full-bodied piano on the intro.
From Chicago’s top nightspots to European concert halls, this talented young guitarist has made his presence felt. And judging from the convincing contents of this set, this sure won’t be Breezy’s last rodeo! ~Bill Dahl

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