Author: Glenn Sargeant

Robin Trower & Joanne Shaw Taylor, April 2015, O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London

Robin Trower & Joanne Shaw Taylor Saturday 11th  April 2015 O2 Shepherds Bush Empire, London The show starts with our blonde axe genius Joanne Shaw Taylor leading her trio through a set of self-penned songs plus an aching take on the great Frankie Miller’s ‘Jealousy’. Now with a decent set of albums under her belt and including the very grounded but passionate latest release ‘The Dirty Truth’ Joanne has plenty of material to choose from. Whether rattling sexy funk chords from her Telecaster or screaming into the sky on a Les Paul, this artist pours her all into the...

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David Aldo – Blues Top Ten

David Aldo- Blues Top Ten David Aldo is probably most well known for his stint as lead vocalist in the iconic Blood Sweat and Tears. He has also had seven number one singles and been named Best Male Vocalist in his native South Africa. Now living in L.A., David has just released his latest eponymous album, which is the follow up to 2012’s critically acclaimed ‘Halfway To Memphis’. David has toured the world, performing in arenas of up to 80,000 fans. Blues has always been close to his heart and he was more than happy to give us his...

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Eric Johnson Up Close – Another Look

Eric Johnson Up Close – Another Look Provogue/Mascot Label Group Johnson is well renowned for his guitar skills and ability to play in different styles and moods. However, this set/revisit of material has a pronounced blues and roots edge that deserves to widen his appeal beyond those who also play guitar. In the conversation I had with rock guitar maestro Wilko Johnson we were talking about famous guitar players and in particular the technique displayers and speed merchants out there at present. In his imitable way, Wilk sighed and and leaned back on his sofa, sighing “Trouble is Pete...

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Toto -Toto XIV

TOTO Toto XIV www.frontiers.it   www.totoofficial.com There are a number of moments on this comeback album where the listener could be hearing a debut record ; it’s no exaggeration to say that there is an element of excitement here that many a young outfit would struggle to attain. Yes they are a veteran crew, but you can sense the relish with which this set has been put together. On the downside, since these recordings were finished, brother of longtime/founder member Steve Porcaro Mike Porcaro has passed, claimed by ALS, Lou Gehrig’s disease. So with 35 million album sales under...

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John Mayall’s BluesBreakers – Live in 1967

John  Mayall’s’s BluesBreakers Live in 1967 Forty Below Records So a Dutch fan of Mayall’s decides to lug a reel-to-reel tape recorder around to various London club gigs and all these years later, our bandleader is able to hand the tapes to an engineer (Eric Corne) to get the best shot he can onto a CD master. So whilst not of present-day audio quality and more akin to an eavesdrop ‘live’ recording, we get to hear a historic set of recordings from 1967 of a short-lived BluesBreakers line-up, three-quarters of which would soon team up with Jeremy Spencer to...

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