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.
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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.