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Billy Martin And Wil Blades ‎- Shimmy Label: The Royal Potato Family ‎- RFP1123, Amulet Records ‎- none Format: CD, Album Country: US Released: 22 May 2012 Genre: Jazz, Funk / Soul Style: Jazz-Funk ----Tracklist---- 1 Brother Bru 2 Mean Greens 3 Deep In A Fried Pickle 4 Les And Eddie 5 Pick Pocket 6 Down By The Riverside 7 Toe Thumb 8 Little Shimmy 9 Give 10 Dehna Hunu
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 22, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: May 22, 2012
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: The Royal Potato Family
  • Run Time: 48 minutes
  • ASIN: B007R3B3XQ
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #234,867 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This collaboration of percussion king Billy Martin and newcomer organist Wil Blades invites obvious comparison with Martin's main gig, Medeski, Martin, and Wood. Immediately apparent is that the same kind of unnatural synergy that holds together the aforementioned avant-garde power trio is present in this duet, too. Briefly, they experiment less and groove more. Martin's relaxed drumming drives the record forward, while Blades roots down (and gets it). Bass is, surprisingly, not missed here at all, with Blades brilliantly covering the low end on the B3's foot pedals. The only thing missing are contemporary jazz cliches: you won't find any changes for the sake of changes or weird time signatures just to be different. Every chord and every hit makes sense, and you can tell that they had a lot of fun recording. You'll certainly have a lot of fun listening.
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In a word, "Shimmy" is phenomenal. This duo combines Medeski Martin and Wood's drummer with organist extraordinaire Wil Blades. Not a song on this album dips below the stratosphere. It's everything you love about funky, crunchy, cerebral organ jazz. The song writing is fantastic as every tune is a winner. The improvisation is so hot on 'Brother Bru' and 'Mean Greens' that the disc should come with a combustible warning label. Things slow down for 'Deep In A Fried Pickle' which showcases Blades' great sonic vocabulary. 'Les & Eddie' walks down a narrower jazz path, bringing to mind cats like Lou Donaldson, Grant Green and Jimmy McGriff. It is infused with gospel tones. 'Pick Pocket' turns up the funk and makes the tune a rockin' highlight. 'Down By The Riverside' features lots of those warm, wide organ chords. 'Toe Thumb' brings to mind some of Stevie Wonder's funkiest keyboard work from the 70s. In the style of 'Wiggly's Way,' 'Little Shimmy' channels John Medeski. Indeed, for Medeski Martin & Wood (MMW) fans, "Shimmy" offers instant gratification. As if musically recreating the experience of sitting in the sand and listening to ocean waves gently break on the beach, 'Give' offers a relaxer from the album's head bobbing, toe tapping energy.Read more ›
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By Sedalbi on January 21, 2013
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What else can I say: I love it. And so will you. Pick up a half-dozen or more copies for all your music-loving friends and relatives. They'll be jumping for joy and rocking with pleasure.
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