For Joe Louis Walker fans 2002 was a treat as the gospel turned blues artist delivered three recordings: Guitar Brothers with Otis Grand (JSP), In The Morning (Telarc) and Pasa Tiempo (Evidence).
Like Walkers previous releases, Pasa Tiempo is musically varied as the singer/songwriter/guitarist flirts with a diverse assortment of genres. This time out, the artist pushes the boundaries farther than ever as he integrates Latin beats for much of the disc. From the gospel and deeply spiritual Van Morrison song "Sweet Thing" to the Charlie "Bird" Parker-esc "Barcelona" featuring Ernie Watts on sax, it seems Joe Louis is making music that he enjoys rather than staying with any proven formula to appease an audience. While the soulful singer continues an array of well chosen covers including, Boz Scaggs' "I've Got Your Love", John Hiatt's "Love Like Blood", Otis Redding's "Direct Me' and an instrumental version of the blues classic "It Hurts Me Too", Walker molds each song into a style which is distinctly his own. Even the Booker T vibe is called upon for the classic "You Can't Sit Down" featuring killer B-3 work provided by Barry Goldberg.
Pasa Tiempo is an interesting and eclectic side project for Joe Louis Walker as he continues to flex his creativity into uncharted territories with regard to conventional and contemporary blues.
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