Where You Been
by TR Marshall
Review date: July 2003
"Keeping the Blues Alive Award"|
Achievement for Blues on the Internet
Presented by The Blues Foundation
Having spent a considerable amount of time as the guitarist and one of the arrangers for Big John Dickerson and Blue Chamber and Downright Tight, Paul knows a thing or two about how he wants things to sound. On this self produced disc of nine songs (seven and a half of which are originals) he explores a wide range of guitar sounds, electronic techniques and flourishes that add a unique feel to each selection. On "Somewhere in the Night" the guitar style is reminiscent of Sonny Landreth or Ry Cooder's slide work. "Love for Money" gets a full on funk treatment with a scorching guitar solo by Paul and Earth Wind and Fire-like horn section. How often do you hear a farfisa organ these days? Paul deftly adds an catchy circus-like atmosphere with one on "Back Slidin'". Hound Dog Taylor's "Sadie" is covered using a distorted vocal and pounding bass line - you've never heard it performed like this before! All the players which include Paul on guitar, vocals, Jeff Rodgers on drums, Scott David Miller on Fender Rhodes, piano, farfisa and backing vocals, Toby Marshall on Hammond organ. Joe DeRasni trumpet, Brian Simonds baritone and tenor sax and John Heinen vocals contribute to make this a thoroughly enjoyable album from the opening note to the last.
Although Paul's guitar style is influenced by slide artists like the ones mentioned above, but with a feel and touch all his own. His moody "Somewhere in the Night" is brooding and soulful that gradually evolves into a slide solo showcasing Paul's virtuosity. This is easily one of the more pleasant surprises for me in the last few months to have the pleasure of not only reviewing, but of having in my personal collection. Contact Paul for how to get your own copy - you will not be disappointed!!
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