My dealer of all things Blue and with lots of Rhythm in the USA got in touch last week telling me that he had the perfect soundtrack to my upcoming holiday in Noo Yawk. Intrigued I checked the post every day and today ‘it’ arrived……..MANHATTAN ALLEY by a New York quintet Big Apple Blues! The […]
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Hier in België zijn deze ‘Big Apple Blues’ niet onbekend. We zagen ze de laatste jaren al op ‘Leuven Blues’ aan de zijde van Hugh Poole in 2016 en vorig jaar ondersteunden deze klasbakken ook nog Johnny Lang in ‘Het Depot’. Guitarblender zagen we vorig jaar zelfs op onze festivals aan de zijde van Janiva […]
Date: November 5 @ 8pm Location: Het Depot | Leuven, Belgium Tickets: https://apps.ticketmatic.com/widgets/hetdepot/addtickets?event=567040864713#/addtickets Big Apple Blues opening for: Jonny Lang Jonny Lang was already being called a blues-wonder child at fifteen; Rightly so. As Kid Jonny Lang & The Big Bang, he released his first album ‘Smokin’ in 1995 and received a Grammy two years […]
The time flies fast and the Big Apple Blues European Tour was like a hurricane. To make things even more interesting, the Big Apple Blues musicians landed in Brussels during the week of the city’s lockdown for security and terrorism threat. The hype in the media gave the impression that Belgium was the most dangerous […]
The Blues – Issue #20 – Peter Feenstra From the opening alarm of the aptly titled “Wake up and do Something” to the car engine spluttering into life on the harp-driven, funky wah-inflected “I-278 Grind”, Big Apple Blues open with a double helping of swagger that mirrors the title of their instrumental album. Fronted by […]
The trick to a successful blues instrumental album is mixing different tempos and grooves, steering clear of “just another shuffle” (or slow blues or “Tramp” groove). And while there may not be a “Hide Away” or “Honky Tonk” here, Big Apple has put together a set of originals listenable enough for you to not miss the singer.
This CD covers so many differing styles, but above all, the outstanding feature here is the musicianship of those playing. It’s an absolute blast from start to end. Brilliant and could end up my album of the year!
‘Energy’ is an impressive and meaningful album presented by musicians who sincerely deliver their understanding of instrumental presentation of my favorite music genre .
By joint musical contributions of all musicians, ‘Energy’ is a respectable and truly extraordinary instrumental conceptual album which evokes city life.
The heavy-duty title track shuffle blows any remaining cobwebs, as the band takes off with a suitable closing message: “Ladies & gentlemen, this is your captain speaking. We want to thank you for flying Big Apple Blues and we know you’ve enjoyed this flight.”
Hell yeah, let’s do it all over again.
The album opens with the first of several sound effects, an alarm call on the I-phone as the band takese band a funky approach to the new day on “Wake Up And Do Something” which offers opportunities for all the front-line players to show their chops. A car engine starting up signals the drive to work on “I-278 Grind” which has plenty of shrill harp and wah-wah guitar well supported by the organ. “Morning Jive” ups the pace at work with more blissed out wah-wah from Zach and energetic harp from Anthony.