Produced by Swedish blues guitar player Staffan Astner, Afternoon in Paris promises the right mix of groovy blues and soulful jazz (with a touch of Swedish folk melody) and shows Yana Bibbs musical range, influence and depth. Whilst wrote Blues fans would be wise not to overlook. On my first listen (and my opinion has never changed on repeated listens), this is the Duke Robillard I experienced in 1984 in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, at B. The recording techniques draw from old-school, sparse mike placement and modern recording equipment that will give you an idea how the masters might sound today. Take that and how damn much younger Duke sounds vocally.So strong that I think Michael John discovered a long lost bottle of water from Juan Ponce De Leon's fountain!!
The songs Duke picks out are mostly ones he heard as a youth, you know, the ones that sent him in his initial gritty musical direction.
Most are not songs that have become hits as covers over the years, but ones that deserve re-discovery, like the opening track, Guitar Slim's "Quicksand," which immediately gives you the idea of what promises.
The reliable smooth Chicago texture of Southside Stomp a staple feel on any Earl and the Broadcasters album is set against the deep warmth of Jims Song written and performed by Earl for the memory of bandmate and bassist Jim Mouradian. We were in thralled, if that includes drinkin' all day.
Vocalist Diane Blue throws out excellent phrasing and soul on Heartbreak (Its Killing Me) and just kills on Never Gonna Break My Faith surrounded by supple chops from Dave Limina on Hammond B-3 and Earls guitar solos and fills Personally speaking Sugar Ray Norcias song Long Lost Conversation is total blues bliss with Earl and The Bluetones. That song is followed by the gorgeous and soulful Sweet Miss Vee written by Earl. Although at that time I believe it was a three-piece power trio that had energy out the ass.
Lead singer/harpist Steve Marriner has a phenomenal voice--perfect for the territory they cover and that's before he even picks up the harp he used to cut out a name for himself (cue 'The Marrinator')--since adding baritone guitar, keyboards and anything else not nailed down to his musical arsenal.
Guitarist Tony D (Diteodoro) has the longest legs, musically, bringing guitar chops to the band that sound like three players, alone.
Since releasing their debut in 2009, this road-seasoned, acutely-talented trio has taken Canada by storm.
Their infectious blues-based gumbo features some of the best harmoica, guitar and big-bottomed rhythm you've ever heard--all without a bass player--but, lest you think this is some artsy acoustic experiment, you'd be wrong.
The band's middle name does appear to be 'experiment' but they constantly prove how little risk is involved as thye've mastered all the elements from their collective years treading the boards.