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BLUES: Blues Vocals, BLUES: New Orleans Blues
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LIVE AT THE ANCHORAGE 1.0
THE NIAGARA RHYTHM SECTION
All profits from the sale of this CD will be donated to the Humane Society
CD Review by Diane Wells, Rockin' the Blues from Canada:
This brand-new 10-song disk celebrates the 4th anniversary of the Niagara Rhythm Sectionâs (NRS) âSaturday Night Musical Improvâ at The Anchorage in Niagara-on-the-Lake. The core formation of the band is comprised of Steve Goldberger on bass and vocals, Dave Norris on drums and Penner MacKay on percussion, Steve Grisbrook on guitar and Herb Nelson on keys.
It features a variety of players who have been featured with the NRS in the weekly series over those years, some of them on repeat occasions. Although their musical friends are of both the male and female persuasion, this first compilation features just the guys. Iâve been assured that some female guests will be included on the second disk.
It starts off with a mellow funky groove, interpreting the Jordan/Hickman/Bartley blues classic âEarly in the Morningâ, featuring Steve Goldberger on vocals and bass, Denis Keldie on keys, and Neil Chapman on electric blues guitar â all very tasteful.
John Mays of Fathead, who has now apparently started up his own band, takes over the vocal microphone on a rhumba version of Mike Bloomfieldâs âGeorgia Swingâ.
Since these performances are all live improvisations, the basic songs morph into jams that are substantial in duration, one being as long as 12 minutes, and the majority lasting around seven.
Johnny Max, ever the comedian, intros âLooziannaâ Tony Joe Whiteâs âPolk Salad Annieâ by stating âIâm not really drunk; Iâm hammered â thereâs a difference. Itâs what I look for in a woman; I donât think itâs the other way around.â You have to interpret that properly to see the humour. In any case, the players and audience sound like they are having lot of fun. Johnny displays his deep, irrepressibly sexy, vocals (not unlike TJâs own pipes), with âThe Stevie McGeeGees - and Daveâ funkinâ up the musical proceedings.
Guitarist Steve Grisbrook does the vocals on made-for-blues Leiber/Stoller/Pomusâs âYoungbloodâ, recorded in a classic rock mode by The Coasters in 1957. The Beatles also covered it in their early live performances. Either Ed Kopala or Steve Grisbrook cleverly incorporates Deep Purpleâs famous âSmoke on the Waterâ lick into the song.
Downchild vocalist Chuck Jackson got the crowd howlinâ, too, on Chester Burnettâs âWhoâs Been Talkinââ, naturally accompanying nicely on harmonica, too, on this lively, mid-tempo rhumba.
âWhoâs Been Talkinââ blends in seamlessly with Roscoe Gordonâs âNo More Dogginââ (with a dance contest being announced). This oneâs touted as an âold-time jump bluesâ and features Denis Keldie on full-throated tremulous vocals similar to Chuckâs and juicy keyboards and Neil Chapman on guitar.
Tony Springer prefaces a request for an âisland songâ by stating âI know you think I look so much like Kim Mitchellâ, with someone else jokingly suggesting âsomething by Don Hoâ (e.g. âTiny Bubblesâ), but Tony thankfully decides on Bob Marleyâs âStir It Upâ (the 12-minute version). The band gets into the groove by providing harmony and background vocals. Tony takes the âimprovâ nature of the jam seriously by providing his own impromptu humorous lyrics and patois (including a Flintstones reference), which, of course, is one of his claims to fame, apart from his fabulous fretwork. Steve Goldberger gets to boost up the basswork here, as well. Bob, may he ever rest in peace, would have wholeheartedly approved, Iâm sure.
The now sadly-departed Joe Ingrao, to whom the recording is devoted, sings and plays piano on a jazz-rock version of (B.B.) King/Clarkeâs âWhy I Sing the Bluesâ, with guitarist Eric Mahar standing in for âthe king of the bluesâ. Penner MacKay is keeping time on the drumkit and Steve Goldberg holds down the bottom end of the mix on bass. Speaking of âbottom endsâ, all of these male singers have vocal tones well-suited to sing the blues, and Joe was certainly no exception. If youâd never heard B.B. Kingâs original, you could appreciate this adaptation as it stands, but I still prefer the original melancholy filled conveyance.
Another classic, âGreen Onionsâ, is performed to perfection by the Niagara Rhythm Section, with Lance Anderson majestically thrilling the listener on a Hammond B3!
Steve intros the closer, âTalk to Meâ, by stating, âWeâll send you out on a ballad-y noteâ. This features Cobourgâs Rob Page on keyboards and Bruce Longman on guitar and vocals. Itâs a beautiful â50s-sounding slow-tempo rhythm and blues composed by the team of John & Seneca that was apparently written in the â60s, but I wasnât successful in tracking down the original recording of it. Not to worry â this one will send shivers up and down your spine, a la Willie Dixonâs âYou Send Meâ.
You couldnât ask for a better closer to one of the most relaxing blues recordings Iâve heard in a while.
I encourage fans of contemporary Canadian blues players to add this to your collection!
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