Judy Sings The Blues Come Over Here

Judy Sings The Blues Come Over Here

Judy Sings The Blues Come Over Here a great listen for some funk, jazz and blues led by a most accomplished singer with a very talented band ensuring an album of quality.

Bluesdoodles rating: 3 Doodle Paws – a great listen for some funk, jazz and blues led by a most accomplished singer with a very talented band ensuring an album of quality.

I always feel positive about an album when the artwork is different, considered and has something to say…there is a drawing of a stylised tree with legs and feet for roots and, on one side a guy sat holding a lost dog picture; on the other a girl clutching a red teddy bear next to a swing, with the quote “Come Over Here” emblazoned in the upper branches. The imagery gives my mind many routes to travel and hope that those travels will be enhanced by the music within. (The picture was a cooperative effort from Judy’s grandchildren, which is a nice touch.)

I will let you know later if my expectations were fully met as I listen to the latest album from Judy Sings The Blues called, the clue is in the picture, Come Over Here.

We here at Bluesdoodles loved their debut album, Born A Sinner, back in 2019 and, although the band has gone through a few changes since then, the funk-fuelled blues still shines through.

The opening track, Are Ya, proves that statement with the funky guitar and slap style bass providing a background to Judy’s strong almost Tamla-esque vocals…the wah guitar excursions are short and very sweet. Junk and Trunk has the venerable Victor wainwright adding his keyboard skills to another funky outing with Judy demonstrating her full range…vocally and lyrically. The Rhodes-like keys are great and the solo is inspired.

I Guess I Was Wrong features the guitar and vocals of the excellent Albert Castiglia. He brings his trademark runs and feel to a delicious blues-rock song that uses a recognisable base but adds an up-to-date gloss and some neat vocal melodies for Albert to excel behind and add a suitably meaningful solo…inevitably my favourite. 47 Feet is a bluesy, guitar-drenched song that leaves me wondering why the protagonist insists he should “back up 47 feet” Nice song, regardless of my mind wandering trying to work it out…15.66 yards doesn’t help; 564 inches or 14 metres is equally baffling!

The title track, Come Over Here, stays blues with some funk and a hint of jazz in the melodies…the guitar and bass are great as Judy invites you to jump up on her knee. Next up is I Got The News Today which isn’t Beatles…it’s a slow sax-backed, jazzy blues. The sax solo is one of the best you’re likely to hear as Brian doesn’t overblow, but imbues his playing with feel.

You Can’t Even Buy One is a nice, mid-paced bluesy song with a cautionary tale with some more very good guitar (especially the carefully crafted solo) and bass pinning it all down. He Hit Her is a hard listen as the lyrics convey very effectively, exactly what the title suggests…a totally unimaginable and abhorrent story painted over surprisingly bouncy jazz, blues base. The tremolo work and the guitar solo do give respite and make it listenable despite my mind being unable to comprehend how anyone behave like that…spoiler alert: she shot him. You Got Me On My Knees brings slightly more cheerful jazzy blues and swing with neat piano and guitar solos to enjoy too.

The final track, Equal, is a delight…slide guitar and an old-style R’n’B riff in a blues-rock song that takes the familiar, polishes it and turns it out all-new…the slide work is exemplary.

This is an album of funk and jazz laced blues that never disappoints: led by a most accomplished singer with a very talented band ensuring ten varied and quality tracks.

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Judy Sings The Blues Come Over Here

Track listing:
Are Ya
Junk and Trunk
I Guess I Was Wrong
47 Feet
Come Over Here
I Got The News Today
You Can’t Even Buy One
He Hit Her
You Got Me On My Knees
Equal


Musicians:
Judy Mangini: vocals, percussion
Joey Fulkerson: guitar
Lin Doughten: guitar
Chuck Hearne: bass
Keith “KB” Brooks: drums
Dan Long: keyboards
Brian Cunningham: saxophone

Guest musicians:
Victor Wainwright: keyboards
Albert Castiglia: guitar

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(iTunes took me through the entire lovely Juicy Lucy catalogue and then to a lesser known blues-rock track from Julian Sas called Moving To Survive from his rather good 2007 album, Resurrection…genius guitar.)

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