By Norman Darwen
guitarist Dan plays with wonderful tone and admirable restraint,
very much in the vein of his obvious hero T-Bone Walker.
There are three of Mr. Walkers`s numbers out of the ten on the live
CD (recorded at Jazzhus Dexter in Odense, Denmark), and Dan`s accompanying
musicians – three horns, organ and piano over the mighty fine
rhythm section – seem to be just as keen, knowledgeable and
capable as the leader.
There are also forays into vintage rock and roll territory, some
smouldering soul-Blues a la mid-60s Bobby Bland, a little funky
Blues in the vein of late-70s BB. King with The Crusaders, and a
detour to `50s New Orleans.
There is also a DVD, which supplies a visual counterpart to several
of the performances from the CD, but also includes an eight minutes
long `Blues Man`, performed very much as Buddy Goy might have played
it in a Chicago Blues club four decades or so ago when his own T-Bone
influence was still apparent.
Extras on the DVD include two numbers from a festival in 2000, a
couple of studio recordings filmed in black and white and musically
much more experimental, a peek backstage which might be revealing
if I could speak Danish, and a photo gallery.
Dan is, surprisingly perhaps, also a fine
singer with just a trace of an accent in places. If you enjoy European
Blues, this is most certainly one to get…and although
I haven`t yet tried out Dan`s recipe for gumbo, the lovely packaging
seems to suggest he is something of a dab hand in the kitchen too!
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