Pittsburgh based Jimmy Adler is a triple-threat as a songwriter, singer and guitarist as evident on his new recording "Grease Alley." Adler traveled California California to record with Kid Andersen at Andersen's Greaseland Studio and was joined but a band that includes Andersen on bass, former Robert Lockwood drummer Junior Core, keyboard wizard Jim Pugh and saxophonist Eric Spaulding with Chris Cain guesting on two of the 13 selections.
"The opening "Say It Like Magic Sam," musically derives from "T-Bone Shuffle." Here, Jimmy sings that he's a guitar man who tries to "tell it like T-Bone, say it like Magic Sam," and contributes some solid T-Bone Walker styled fretwork. It is set against a solid shuffle groove played at a nice, relaxed tempo. The title track is an appealing rocker with a second-line groove on which Pugh adding organ grease. On this, Adler sings about going down to grease alley to get his groove on. "Drank Too Much," an easy rocking lament of overindulgence, has Adler playing slide and evoking Johnny Littlejohn and Homesick James. Adler plays some Muddy Waters-flavored slide on the rollicking closing "Hoodoo Highway."
"No Pain" opens with Albert King sounding guitar with Chris Cain sharing the vocal on a lyric about the older he gets, the less one knows. "Cornbread and Lima Beans" is a jazzy flavored Albert Collins-type groove with Pugh's Hammond contrasting with Adler's slashing guitar while "Love Was Worth These Blues," has a late night groove with more jazz-tinged guitar and an appealing restrained vocal. Also of note is the reflective and soulful, "What I've Done."
"Grease Alley" is a wonderfully entertaining recording. Jimmy Adler is quite an engaging singer, and a very inventive guitarist/ Kid Andersen and the studio band has provide solid support and grooves that makes for memorable blues.
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