Swing, shuffle, mambo, beguine and second lining?
Every one of these words has to be in the mix if you want to try and describe all the different grooves on this CD. But such is the case when a band feels at home in the wide range of rhythms of the Afro-American culture. Heike and Alex have got the reins so firmly in their hands for all of these rhythms that they would win first prize at any rodeo in the Southern states.
Kay plays a very neat harp (whether electric or acoustic), his unpretentious, perfectly sung intonation is simply genuine and does not sound like a bad re-import from Mississippi.
David takes us all on a journey to the top spots of the blues guitar. The West Side Chicagos can be heard on "V 8 Ford", Los Angeles welcomes us in T-Bone Walker's "Glamour Girl" and we are swept off to the wide plains of Texas in "Tell Me Why". But as a guitarist myself, I am impressed the most by the eloquent and agile accompanying guitar when Kai is taking center stage. That really is excellent and is too easily overlooked. Just listen to the backings on "Saturday Night Fish Fry".