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Ainít Just Temporary
(Blind Pig Records, BPCD5113)
Review Date: Oct 2009
by Arthur Shuey
Interesting way to start a record -- He promotes the hell out of the studio. It sounds great. The Big Easy drums(smooth rendered fatback), sound tuned, clear and perfect. By the time other instruments and vocals come in, the listener is nailed in place by expectation. Again, it sounds great.
Hamilton Loomis, whose last release was good, but lackluster in comparison to this one, has perfect vocal phrasing for this one, translating between the on-time horns and his strategically lagged guitar as we wish someone would translate between the Big Five at UN sessions.
That tremendous strength continues, making New Orleans, Harlem, Detroit, Philadelphia, Memphis and Loomisville all extremely welcome in our ears. His growing reputation is based on his guitar work, and that's all well, good and wholly justified, but the ax ain't keeping up with the larynx here, folks.
It helps that the backing band is convincingly psychic, too. They're a tight unit, sparse as individual players but leaving no holes as a team. The organ is particularly tasty.
One cautionary note about this one -- It will make you annoy your neighbors with the volume at which it will quickly convince you to play it.
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