Zoe Schwarz Blue Commotion ~ The Blues Don’t Scare Me – CD Review

download (8)Zoe Schwarz Blue Commotion
The Blues Don’t Scare Me
33 Records

The Blues Don’t Scare Me is an album full of sassy musicians, with Zoe fronting the 6 piece band with her distinctive, warm vocals that invite you in to have a real good time; the rest of the band is Rob Koral – guitars, Si Genaro – harmonica/backing vocals, Pete Whittaker Hammond organ, Pat Davey – bass and Paul Robinson on drums and percussion and for the album we have Ian Ellis – sax, Andy Urquhart Trumpet and backing vocals provided by Sue Hawker. ‘Liberated Women’ has some wonderful Hammond organ in the musical interlude and Zoe refuses to be down with the blues with a jaunty melody and a lightness of vocal touches so the lyrics really shine. The album has a feel of the 40’s/50’s, with jazzy overtones on many of the tracks but is not retro or an homage to the past the instrumentation keeps the sound fresh and relevant for today’s audiences. ‘Lucifer is Blue’ – a standard combo for the blues, and the drum intro builds up the atmosphere as Zoe breaks into the vocals in which she articulates every syllable so that you know this is an authentic voice delivering the music she loves to sing. Her cover of Billie Holiday’s; ‘Billie’s Blues’ is infused with the ghost of Billie Holiday as we have the atmosphere of a blues joint in New York shaped and articulated by a smoky voiced Zoe. This is hard-edged blues with the notes rolling over each other and the horns add that extra authentic air to this track. The harmonica and driving drumming on ‘Pebble In My Pond’ is infectious, a real get up and dance number, that gets your feet tapping and hips a shakin’. The whole album oozes class and it is not surprising Zoe and her Blue Commotion are delighting audiences in clubs and at festivals across the U.K.

Bluesdoodles gives this CD out of TEN doodle paws a doodle rating of

SEVEN ……… pawprint half inch

Album Listing :-

I Believe In You – Rob Koral /Zoe Schwarz
Liberated Woman – Rob Koral /Zoe Schwarz
The Blues Don’t Scare Me – R. Koral /Z. Schwarz
I’ll Be Yours Tonight – Rob Koral /Zoe Schwarz
We’ll Find A Way – Rob Koral Zoe Schwarz
Lucifer Is Bluemusic-Koral/Schwarz, words-Phil Coles
Just Another Day – Sue Hawker/Rob Oral
Your Sun Shines Rain – Rob Koral /Zoe Schwarz
Billie’s Blues – Billie Holiday
Come Home Sweet Baby – Rob Koral /Zoe Schwarz
Pebble In My Pond – Rob Koral /Zoe Schwarz
Say It Isn’t So – Rob Koral /Zoe Schwarz

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