Thursday, June 4, 2009

Review -- CHRIS JAMES and PATRICK RYNN -- Stop And Think About It

STOP AND THINK ABOUT IT
Chris James and Patrick Rynn
Earwig Music
8-out-of-10
Stop And Think About It is the debut album for the duo of guitarist Chris James and bassist Patrick Rynn. The two San Diego bluesmen have fronted a band in the past, and now break out to take centre stage.
James offers up the lead vocals, with Rynn adding secondaries at times, on this fine effort from Earwig Music, itself a fine small label.
The duo does a nice job of blending material here. There are several cuts written by the pair, including the very fine Mister Coffee, and cuts such as You're Gone and Relaxin' At The Clarendon.
The remaining works come from other sources, such as Early One Morning and My Kind Of Woman by Elmore (Elmo) James. The mix works fine, since James and Rynn make every cut their own with their seamless collaborative musical effort.
The duo has a host of other musicians involved here too, rounding out the music with harmonica, saxophones, piano and additional guitars as needed through the 2 cuts. It's a full-meal deal musically, although James and Rynn are clearly the main course.
This is upbeat blues. The kind that is infectious, toe-tapping, lift your spirits blues. You can't help but smile as this duo works through the disk.
There are several totally excellent cuts here, including the aforementioned Mister Coffee, Confessin' The Blues, and Mona, yet the strength is more the lack of a weak cut. There isn't a song here that the listener is left wishing they had left gathering dust in the studio. Think quality consistency here. Think let's party with the blues.
Check them out at www.earwigmusic.com/jamesrynn.
-- CALVIN DANIELS

-- Review first appeared in Yorkton This Week newspaper May 6, 2009 - Yorkton, SK. Canada

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