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Sharp, Elliott/Terraplane – “Do the Don’t ” – [Zoar Records]

Max Level   1/2/2006   Blues, CD

It’s The Blues all right, and this CD is going in the Blues library, but this band seems to be on a mission to stretch the boundaries of the genre. Funk, rock, jazz, gospel, reggae, and even (I think) a few computer-generated sounds are in the mix. Sharp’s fiery guitars are everywhere; I especially like his crazy way with the lap steel. Also on the front line: Sam Furnace on saxes, and the soulful vocals of Dean Bowman and/or Eric Mingus. Guest guitar legend Hubert Sumlin ignites three tracks with his raw blues power. Notable tracks: #2 uses a tribal beat to take us to church, #5 rolls and lurches like The Magic Band at their best, #7 is a high-powered urban shuffle. A solid effort. Fun. Slightly weird. Highly recommended. Instrumentals: #1,4,6,8,9,10.

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