Monday, February 21, 2011

Review -- ROOT -- "What I Like"

The man at the heart of Root is Terry Blankley, a bluesman from Ontario who has become one of my best music contacts from afar. I can pop this guy an email and know I’ll get a response. I suppose it has something to do with Blankley’s past connection to our city. He actually grew up in Kelvington and attended St. Joe's in the city in 1964.
It was in April 2009, I reviewed Blankley’s Invitation To The Blues, a disk I enjoyed very much, and Money Talks way back in 2007.
With “What I Like” the disk is more of a compilation, although Blankley takes the lead on the first four songs, then shares performance credits on three more songs.
The disk also includes work by Mike Tabares, Alex Paris, Laura Paris, Paul Schofield and John Meydam.
The CD really seems to hit its stride with the jazzy Jarvis St., a Blankley piece filled with mood.
While this CD lacks the one, or two killer cuts to really get you into it, and has an overall feel of something pulled together by friends as a fun project, it is still pretty solid.
Set You Free by Tabares is an interesting piece, and Oshawa Blues, which bring all the players together is kind of cool too.
Overall, not bad at all, although not a top-10 of the year either.
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-- Review first appeared in Yorkton This Week newspaper Aug 4, 2010 - Yorkton, SK. Canada

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