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blood from a stone

by Giles

GILES are giving us their fresh take on the blues. Cool, classic, funky, kicking. Great songs and great playing.
Genre: Rock: British Blues
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1. She Broke My Heart GILES
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2. Suzie Q GILES
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3. Crazy GILES
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4. Brown Instrumental GILES
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5. In My Soul GILES
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6. Blood From a Stone GILES
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7. Rollin' & Tumblin' - Live GILES
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8. Tease You GILES
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9. You Don't Know GILES
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10. Coming Home - Live GILES
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
This is the second CD by GILES, released on the 1st of February 2004. It contains 8 wonderful original songs and 2 striking re-works of old masterpieces.

GILES is the project of Dutch multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Mark Koehorst. He is known for his excellent guitar and vocal work and on this album, he also shows his skills on bass, keyboards and drums.

The songs

She Broke My Heart - A classic song with a powerful solo. Mark shows his ability to "write them like they used to".

Suzie Q - The first re-work. A very punchy version of a classic Dale Hawkins's song that has been covered by so many people. Mark shines on wah guitar.

Crazy - How funky do you want your blues? Mark hits the fretless bass and everything takes off! Watch out for the solo section in the middle...

Brown Instrumental - Smokey slide guitar that will stick in your head. Lovely atmosphere with some delicate and very classy piano.

In My Soul - How rocky do you want your blues? Mark uses his Line 6 delay to full effect when he plays against himself. A great live favourite that brings the house down.

Blood From A Stone - Another classic song that firmly establishes Mark among the best songwriters. Wonderful fretless bass-lines underpin effortless vocals and his trade mark wah guitar.

Rollin' & Tumblin' - A live recording at one of the many gigs in 2003, with Philip Escott on drums and Bobby Kewley on bass. The band effortlessly bends this classic Muddy Waters song every which way it will go. Blues is alive and kicking!

Tease You - A clever song in which Mark finds his pride wrapped around the finger of a model in a magazine. A sleazy, irresistible groove, with lovely harmonies from Jane Koehorst.

You Don't Know - Mark opens his heart in a song that was recorded as quickly as it was written. Hypnotic drums over a guitar loop sample created on the Line 6, with haunting wah guitar. "When the mood takes you..."

Coming Home - The second live recording on this album, with Mark 'Crash' Wainwright on bass and Jay Hoy on drums. A straight original 12 bar blues at the end of a long night at a local blues club.


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www.allgigs.co.uk (Katherine Tomlinson)

A powerful offering, designed to re-invent the blues genre
Giles, led by singer/songwriter Mark Koehurst, return with their second album, "Blood From a Stone," a powerful offering, designed to reinvent the blues genre, with a style suitable for present day music.
Jazz, Funk, and soul are all present, with the help of Giles' three members fusing their song writing ideas and influences together, to produce an album worthy of its attention. However, rock fans need not despair as the old favourite, the guitar riffs, are still there.
Funk tinged offering "In My Soul" is a prime example of what Mark has to offer in his role as lead guitarist, just the beginning of some impressive guitar sounds, alongside his trademark blues vocals, proving his multi-talented musicianship.
" I got the blues in my soul, don't wanna play no rock and roll" crashing crescendo of a guitar/drums to finish.
Title track "Blood From a Stone" features yet more funky guitar work, but with a more mellow jazz feel and heart on sleeve, meaningful lyrics. In contrast, the beat kicks up again for "Rollin' and Tumblin' " an upbeat rock stomper, with explosive guitar features and chugging rhythms, whilst showing off Koehurst's vocals which greatly shine as much as on the previous ballad, complete with chugging guitar and drum rhythms, this is one to get any classic rock fans going. If this is their live sound, it is no surprise that the band has already hit the gig scene hard.
As the CD progresses, it becomes evident that Giles swap and change moods, from ecstatic highs, to chilled out offerings, but definitely not lows. One moment, there are ballad like blues on "Tease You," with its not so ballad like lyrics, describing being wrapped around a woman's finger.
"I will tease you with the way I look, I will tease you with the way I move
I will tease you with the way I smile, I will tease you with the way I groove
to the rhythm that's in my head"
Before you know it, they are on a high again with the upbeat, "You Don't Know," which with it bringing quite a trance like sound, another heartfelt offering describing how it is to be expected to be perfect, and the risk of losing everything if you are any less, having the pedestal knocked from under you.
To end on a quiet note, "Coming Home," again expresses their natural talent and love of blues music.
"When I play the blues, feels like I'm coming home."
A song which sums Giles up in eight minutes of jazz/blues wizardry.

Katherine Tomlinson

Mitzi Cowell

"Blood" carries Mark Koehorst's blues vision forward.
When I heard Giles's first CD, I felt the energy and inventiveness of those young Europeans who brought the blues back over to us in the 1960's: the Stones, Cream, Led Zeppelin and the like. In "Blood from a stone" Mark Koehorst carries his vision forward - he's got a great feel for the blues, he honors the roots, and makes it fresh with his own up-to-date spin on it. He taps into the mystical quality of the blues - particularly the Delta blues - that is missing in so many "blues" acts these days. I particularly like his psychadelic gospel arrangement of "Rollin' and Tumblin'" and the modern sounds/grooves on "Tease you" and "You don't know." I'll be listening as Mark's vision evolves...

Blues in Britain (Lionel Ross)

...excellent...splendid...reinventing the blues
This album has been produced and very largely performed by Mark Koehorst, the lead singer/guitarist of Giles. He provides the lead vocals and plays all the instruments on all but two of the ten tracks. The exceptions were recorded live and feature Bobby Kewley/ Philip Escott and Mark ‘Crash’ Wainwright/James Hoy on bass/drums respectively.

Eight of the tracks are original compositions, including the funky “Crazy”, “In My Soul”, a slow blues significantly enhanced by some inventive guitar work, and the slow and bluesy “Tease You”. “You Don’t Know” has a funky/eastern feel to it and a driving, hypnotic beat; while the title song is an excellent slow ballad. “Coming Home” is another slow blues and one of the two live tracks on the album. The other two original numbers, “She Broke My Heart” and “Brown Instrumental”, whilst well composed and expertly performed, fit rather less readily into the blues-based inflection of the album. The two cover versions on the CD comprise a great version of “Suzie Q” and a splendid live performance of “Rollin’ and Tumblin’”.

The album is very enjoyable and provides a testament to the considerable talent and versatility of Mark Koehorst. The variety and originality of his compositions and the freshness of his interpretation of the covers substantially endorse his claim of reinventing the blues.


Rating: 8

Lionel Ross