I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, The Louisiana Record, from Jimmy Carpenter and it’s a heaping bowl of Louisiana blues. Opening with Smiley Lewis’ I Hear You Knocking, made popular by Dave Edmunds in the 70’s. This track with all the trimmings has a real NO R&B feel with Carpenter on vocal and sax, Mike Zito on guitar, Casandra Faulconer on bass, Wayne Maureau on drums and John Gros with excellent piano and organ work. Super start. Carpenter blows a solid intro on Something You Got and his vocals really work nicely with spot on piano work by Gros. Another track with great piano rolls is Travelin’ Mood and Carpenter balances his vocal with sax lead and Zito’s slide work really adds some nice grease. With a Latin drum rhythm, Cry To Me really shows Carpenter’s lead vocal qualities and his sax soloing balanced with Zito’s guitar articulation really works nicely. Earl King’s Those Lonely Lonely Nights is another classic NO R&B tracks with soulful vocals by Carpenter and solid piano rhythm by Gros. His sax solo adds some real nice icing to the cake. Wrapping the release is Lee Allen’s Rockin’ At Cosimo’s with a real second line rhythm by Maureau on drums. Carpenter takes it all the way with sax on lead melody and Zito, Faulconer and Gross for an excellent closer.
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