Two escapees from our crowded desk

Two escapees from our crowded desk - great listening 3 doodle paw delights from Patty Tuite Consider This and Miss Lady Blue - Moe Betta Blues

It happens occasionally that albums sent to us for review get swamped and, totally unintentionally, rise to the top a little late. I’d just like to correct this for two such releases and give you a quick summary of these worthy discs.

First up Patti Tuite – Consider This

Bluesdoodles rating: 3 Doodle Paws – a great listen for some variations on the blues theme and it is a faultless album if you love the particular mix that Patty uses so engagingly.

First of all is an album from earlier in the year from the sweet vocals of Patty Tuite: she is an American multi instrumentalist, singer and songwriter and this latest (her fourth) release, called Consider This continues her blues melded with rock, folk and jazz plus her own influences such as Ella Fitzgerald, Etta James, Bonnie Raitt and Susan Tedeschi for example. Backed brilliantly by Grammy award winner Paul Nelson, who plays electric, slide and acoustic guitar on the album as well as production duties, it has eleven originals that will not disappoint.

My own highlights include the slide and harp drenched train track song, Wanna Go To Memphis: one of those rolling, happy road songs that sound familiar, comfortable and totally new…and after the “yahoo” some simply brilliant picked slide work adds to the fun Patty puts into the lyrics and vocal performance. The harp solo is worth listening to.

Feel The Heat brings a flute into play and, to patty’s credit, it fits seamlessly into a blues-based sort of laid back R’n’B mixed with a hint of jazz and it all just works and delivers a (non-Tull), gentle country-rock song to enjoy…I think I fitted most genres in that description! Dreams must belong on the soundtrack to 60s films with a Western edge. Think Velvet Underground mixed with Dusty Springfield…unlikely but lovely.

Please Don’t Feel So Lonely uses a familiar blues trope, but Patty and the band bring a modern sheen to it and deliver an intelligent song with many layers awaiting discovery: the keys, the guitar and the clever bass to name three. Closer, Since You’ve Been Around’ is jazz infested blues with a clarinet adding to the smoky piano and, although the chorus, is almost pop, it is still a neat song and I haven’t enjoyed a clarinet solo this much since Concerto for Group and Orchestra!!

All in all, a faultless album if you love the particular mix that Patty uses so engagingly: a lighter fare than normal for me but I still enjoyed the whole album.

Two escapees from our crowded desk

Track listing:
Consider This
Wanna Go To Memphis
Get Up N Go
Go Where It Takes You
Feel The Heat
Dreams
Power Of Nature
I Can’t Lose Tonight
Please Don’t Feel Lonely
True Love
Since You’ve Been Around

Musicians:
Patty Tuite – Vocals, guitar, piano, synthesizer, spoons
Jan Jungden – piano, synthesizer, flute, accordion, organ
Mark Annulli – bass
Justin Blackburn – drums, congas, djembe, tambourine
Paul Nelson – All Lead, slide and acoustic guitars

Special Guests
Crispin Cioe – saxophone – 3, 10
Edilio Bermudez – violin – 4, 7
Mick Seretny – harmonica  – 2, 8
Bruce Abbot – clarinet – 11
Background vocals – The Music Room Singers – Destinie Mogg-Barkalow, Kaylin Macuch (5), Jeff Johnson, Jim Whitehouse, Paul Nelson (2)

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(iTunes brought me electric blues from P.A.U.L and his 2009, rather excellent album, Gunshot Lullaby…try the bass, flute, guitar experience that is Behind The Brothel.)

Second up Miss Lady Blues – Moe Betta Blues

Bluesdoodles rating: 3 Doodle Paws – not as blues as my normal stuff, this is still a quality filled album that, if you like the soul leanings you will love this album.

Track listing:
Back It Up With That Lip
She Ain’t Me
Being In Love
Addicted
What I Want
Loving You
Baby
Can’t Be Love

Next up is a recent release from Alabama born Kesha Boyd: known professionally as  Miss Lady Blues. This is her second album (the first, Pieces of My Soul was an independent release) and, one glance at the glamorous cover, seems to sum it all up rather neatly. Eight self-penned blues songs filtered through soul, R&B and funk that, I guess, most would call ‘soul blues’ but, as with any label, there is much more behind a simple definition.

The opener, Back It Up With That Lip, shows just how horn-led, soulful blues can fit with a familiar base…there’s some neat guitar going on behind it all but, on my copy atlas, it is buried so low that it’s difficult to hear but, after numerous runs and concentrating hard, it is very good indeed. Thankfully, the guitar is given due volume in the mix on the soulful, jazzy blues of She Ain’t Me. The lyrics are great and sung beautifully and leave me wishing we could meet up!

The closing song, Can’t Be My Love is my favourite: it somehow combines 50s, 60s and 70s soul with a rock guitar (again too low) and a cinematic, orchestral feel that just works…the muted guitar that wraps around it all is a clever addition too. Elsewhere, Addicted is a lesson in pure soul and how to pour one’s own into it; Loving You brings R ’n’ B into the mix successfully too.

So, although not as blues as my normal stuff, this is still a quality filled album that, if you like the soul leanings you will love this album.

Musicians:
Miss Lady Blues: vocals
Dexter Allen, Sam Reynolds, Trevor James: bass
Dexter Allen: guitars
Joey Robinson: drums, piano, organ

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(A treat awaited from iTunes as Mississippi Fred McDowell delivered the fabulous slide of You Gotta Move…genius.)



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