June 19, 2018

Big Apple Blues: Manhattan Alley

When looking for the sound of New York City Manhattan Alley it's best to skip the streets and avenues and head for to back alleys and find a place that serves drinks and live music. When the sign promises a show by ace instrumental quintet Big Apple Blues don't waste time and brace yourself for a set of steaming jazz blues. The band managed to capture he excitement of a live performance on their new album Manhattan Alley.

They are fluid, without being slick. While it's tempting to compare them to Booker T. & the M.G.'s, that would sell them short in terms of genre variations. It happens to any band that has a prominent Hammond B3 player and a guitarist with way above average slide skills in their midst. Big Apple Blues like to lean towards jazz, each time when they change it up withing the parameters of the R&B idiom. They are not a dance band, but their music is a sure fire guarantee for an irresistible urge to tap your feet. Funky, dirty at times and played with the confidence of musicians who have made a name for themselves in one of the most competitive environments for cutting it as an artist.

Big Apple Bluesy:
Admir "Dr Blues" Hadzic: bass, guitar
Jim Alfredson: Hammond B3, keyboards
Barry "The Baron of the Blues" Harrison: drums
Anthony Kane: harmonica
Zach Zunis: guitar
Chris Eminizer: saxophohes
Bill Vits: shakers (1,3,4)
Kevin Jones: congas, shakers, tamborine
Louis Rudner: acoustic bass

Big Apple Blues is a self-released album. Buy it from their website.

  1. You Gotta Start Somewhere
  2. Happy
  3. Take Two
  4. Sdw
  5. Deep Talkin'
  6. Hudson Breeze
  7. Steamroller
  8. Subway Rumble
  9. Love as I Know
  10. Rock On

» bigappleblues.com

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