segunda-feira, 18 de fevereiro de 2019

City Blues Connection - Anna Liza (2018)

                                                       City Blues Connection
With the release of the CD 'Anna Liza', also on AAA Culture records, the band is back again from actually never really gone. The title Anna Liza is not just chosen, band leader Norbert Egger has dedicated this CD to his wife Anna Liza. Particularly to see that bass player Uwe Seemann after all those years also part of the band. The band has invited two guests for this production, mouth harmonica player Klaus 'Mojo' Kilian and Hammond specialist Lutz Krajenski. The band has several lead vocalists such as Andrea Graf, Claudia Chloupka, Livia Winder, Uwe Seemann and Norbert Egger, which creates a lot of variation.
The band kicks off with the smooth shuffle This Angel in which Egger immediately asserts his fine slidework. The fact that Muddy Waters is an important source of inspiration is evident from the titles Muddy Waters and Hear My Phone Ringing, the first as a tribute to the legend, with recognizable riffs of the man and the second a variation of Muddy's Long Distance Call, with appropriate acoustic guitar filling and harmonica game by Klaus 'Mojo' Kilian with a nice raw edge. But also old-style blues, jazzy big band blues from the thirties to be precise let the band sound through I'll Sing The Blues For You. Leroy Carr's How Long is connected to Egger's Climb On The Highest Mountain, which, thanks to the great guitar playing of Florian Kemper, produces a delicious slow blues. My Mass Told Me Got To Work Some More and Wrong Doing are both built around a funky groove and stand like a house.
Besides the heavy rocker Goin 'Out there are also some delicious shuffles on this album, Leave You In The Morning, So Bad, Love My Baby and the closing Mr. President, who each get their own face through the use of the slide, Hammond or harmonica. The rhythm and blues song Tough Times sounds almost a bit chic, partly due to the use of the solid horn section. No, in the boogie Apolitical Blues it is a lot rougher. I Just Want To Make Love To You by Willie Dixon has been a model for Aching Heart. The acoustic guitar playing of Norbert Egger gives Fishing Blues a nice country blues feel.

Enough to experience on 'Anna Liza', a CD full of variation, in which the use of a large horn section is the connecting factor and the whole can bring to a whole. Enjoying the beginning to the end. The City Blues Connection throws a completely different approach and turns out to be alive and kicking. A concept that allows them to continue years ahead.


01. This Angel
02. Muddy Waters
03. I’ll Sing The Blues For You
04. Goin’ Out
05. How Long / Climb On The Highest Mountain
06. My Massa Told Me Got To Work Some More
07. Leave You In The Morning
08. Hear My Phone Ringing
09. Wrong Doing
10. So Bad
11. Tough Times
12. Sunday Kind Of Love
13. Love My Baby
14. Can Give You So Much Love
15. Apolitical Blues
16. Aching Heart
17. Fishing Blues
18. Mr. President

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