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BLUES IN BRITAIN (issue #23 / Jan 2004)

Willie Lomax Blues Revue
Best Blues Money Can Buy

      Miami guitarist, songwriter and producer Willie Lomax chose to return to Willie Michell’s Royal Recording Studio in Memphis to follow up his acclaimed Ribs Are Ready CD. Tampa vocalist and organist Shawn Brown is with him again and rightly gets top billing on the cover’s guest list, which also includes Memphians Leroy Hodges (bass), Howard Grimes (drums – two tracks) and Eric Gales (guitar – one track).

      All ten tracks come from the Lomax pen, with Brown and Ramona both lending a hand with the title cut. Seven vocals – six by Brown, one talk-sung by the leader – are tall-ended with three instrumentals. Horns, led by Jerry Martini of Sly & The Family Stone fame, are present on four selections.

      The opening “Ransacked” is built upon a “Midnight Hour” bassline and is a strong piece of
sock-it-to me soul The slow-burning title track, the first of three down-tempo songs here, keeps the quality high and contains a fine guitar solo. Blues meets jazz on the quartet outing “Come Down Mama” with Brown getting ample chance to showcase his keyboard and vocal skills, while “TKO” has traces of Mel Torme’s “Coming Home”…..overall quality makes this one well worth seeking out.
Rating – 8 – Jon Taylor


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