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Dave Specter & Steve Freund - Is What It Is (2004) FLAC

10-09-2015, 21:14
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Dave Specter & Steve Freund - Is What It Is (2004) FLAC

Artist: Dave Specter & Steve Freund
Title Of Album: Is What It Is
Year Of Release: 2004
Label: Delmark Records Delmark DE-779
Genre: Blues, Modern Electric Blues, Modern Electric Chicago Blues
Quality: FLAC (image+.cue,scans)
Bitrate: lossless
Total Time: 66'41
Total Size: 428 mb
WebSite: amazon


01. My Little Playhouse (Steve Freund) 4'08
02. Is What It Is (Dave Specter) 5'35
03. People Get Ready (Curtis Mayfield) 6'44
04. Hoverin' Hawks (Steve Freund) 5'49
05. While My Guitar Gently Weeps (George Harrison) 6'05
06. Albatross (Peter Green) 4'38
07. Loan Me A Helping Hand (Don Robey) 4'05
08. Too Hot At Home (Steve Freund) 6'59
09. Riverside Ride (Dave Specter) 6'47
10. Rollin' Man (Peter Green) 5'17
11. Adrienne (Rob Waters) 5'40
12. She Needs Some Loving (Otis Spann) 4'54

Dave Specter - guitar
Steve Freund - vocals, guitar
Rob Waters - Hammond B3 organ (organ bass, #11)
Harlan Terson - bass
Marty Binder - drums
Barrelhouse Chuck - piano #8, 12
Mark Hummel - harmonica #4

The long established musical relationship between guitarists Dave Specter and Steve Freund goes back nearly 20 years, when Specter sought out Freund as a guitar teacher. They have shared many stages, but this marks the first occasion that they have recorded together. In the best of the Chicago blues tradition as illustrated by the legendary Delmark label, Is What It Is is a loose, swinging, tough blues date filled with great tunes, inspired playing and loose-groove vibes. While Specter has become well-known for his jazzy blues playing, his former teacher Freund has stayed close to the roots of the Chicago sound. That contrast works beautifully here on both covers and originals. Freund's tunes are some of the bets on the set as evidenced by the opener "My Little Playhouse." One of the reasons for this is his deep, clear soulful singing which adds punch and nuance to the dueling guitars Specter brings classy elegance to the set in his instrumentals, like the title track that carries a deeply Southern-fried funk to the more urban Chicago sound and the shuffling gutbucket stroll of "Riverside Ride," where the two players wind around and through one another exuberantly. Other highlights include a beautiful reading of Curtis Mayfield's "People Get Ready," with guitar interplay that is every bit as symbiotic and sensual as the Rolling Stones' "Beast of Burden." Elsewhere, an instrumental version of "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" adds colorful textures between the inventive rhythm performance by Freund and Specter's careful yet innovative play on the melody. The stomping slow blues in Freund's "Hovering Hawk" is raw, raucous and tough. Again his voice pushes the guitars into the pocket and keeps them there. The stinging, hip-shaking read of Peter Green's "Rollin' Man," and a graceful "Albatross" are wonderful surprises, as is the gorgeous version of Otis Spann's "She Needs Some Loving," that closes the set and caps a banner date.

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