Hammers & Strings

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Review Text From the start of this CD, a very spirited version of Lionel Hampton's "Boogie Woogie" (here renamed "Boogie #427), through a set full of boogie-woogie piano (even on non-blues tunes), blues ballads, and New Orleans-style R&B, this is a delightful outing. Kevin McKendree's piano style mixes together boogie-woogie, Ramsey Lewis, and Ray Bryant without sounding like a copy of any of them. He and drummer Big Joe Maher (who recalls Ray Charles and Charles Brown) each take two vocals, including one apiece with the backing of a tasteful three-voice vocal section. The other players are fine, but it is McKendree's piano (occasionally augmented by organ) that keeps the excitement really going. Highlights include a laid-back "Let's Get Go Stoned," "Just Before Sunrise," "Fool's Paradise," and "Sixty Sharp Knives." This accessible outing is well worth checking out. ~ Scott Yanow

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CD: 1

  1. 1. Boogie #427 - 2:59
  2. 2. From Way Behind - 5:00
  3. 3. Mr. Boo - 4:36
  4. 4. Henry's Dead - 3:09
  5. 5. Let's Go Get Stoned - 3:29
  6. 6. Sixty Sharp Knives - 5:56
  7. 7. Think for Yourself - 3:59
  8. 8. Just Before Sunrise - 3:14
  9. 9. The Fuss Bird - 4:40
  10. 10. Gone Awry - 4:55
  11. 11. Funky Kayjay - 3:08
  12. 12. Fools Paradise - 3:17
  13. 13. Cancion - 3:30

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5/31/05 

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