Michael Packer Blues Band | Sweet Rhythm

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Sweet Rhythm

by Michael Packer Blues Band

New york city blues. live recording featuring an all-star band, michael packer,david maxwell,blue lou marini,jimmy vivino,felix cabrera. explosive.
Genre: Blues: Rockin' Blues
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1. I'm Tore Down
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2. The Thrill Has Gone
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3. Knock Myself Out
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4. Somebody Have Mercy
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5. Born in Nyc
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6. Killing Floor
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7. As the Years Go Passing By
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
This album was recorded live at Sweet Rhythm a famous jazz club in New York City on February 1, 2006. It features blues perrenial Michael Packer on guitar and vocals. James Cotton's piano player David Maxwell. Guitarist Jimmy Vivino from the Conan O'Brien show. Lou Marini from the Blues Brothers and Saturday Night live. Cuban born harmonica ace Felix Cabrera. Ed Jackson on bongos. King Bear on bass and Nat Seeley on drums.


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BLUESWAX - Richard Ludermer

NEW YORK CITY BLUES AT IT'S BEST!
The special thing about Michael Packer is his passion for his music and his voice.On this CD Michael's voice is something special.It's emotive and it's unique.On the first track Tore Down, Michael sings and Jimmy Vivino rips while David Maxwell takes you to the cool with his Otis Spann piano style, downlow.Lou Marini's sax dances in the dark on Knock Myself Out The place goes nuts when Felix Cabrera takes his turn on harp,blowing like there is no tomorrow.New York City Blues at it's best!

Preston Lauterbach - Living Blues - Yellow Dog

GREAT BAND!
I really enoyed listening to this CD. Great band and great guest appearance by Felix Cabrera on track #7.Also the biography of Michael Packer is fascinating. He has led a very interesting life.

NEW YORK PRESS

BLUES EXPERIENCE
Veteran Chicago Blues inspired, Michael Packer,plays the blues he has lived,from being homeless to doing hard time and finally emerging from the ravages of drug and alcohol abuse.Now recovered he brings the experience of hard lived years to the stage on this compelling CD "Live @ 'Sweet Rhythm'.

BLUES REVUE FEB-MARCH 07 ISSUE TOM HYSLOP

A CAST OF ACES
If Michael Packer's earthy singing takes a backseat to his musicians, it's testimony to the Staten Island's guitarist's ability to assemble a band. A cast of aces, David Maxwell (piano), Jimmy Vivino (guitar0, Felix Cabrera (harp) and Lou Marini (sax) joins the band for the self released Live @ Sweet Rhythm. Apart from solos all around, Knock Myself Out' contains a dynamite sax/slide guitar duel and Packer's Big Apple based adaptation of 'Born in Chicago' rips. The playlist is mostly limited to standards but it is still entertaining including 'Somebody Have Mercy', 'The Thrill Has Gone' and 'I'm Tore Down. Things get really cooking towards the album's end with Marini and Maxwell hammering out 'Killing Floor'and when 'As the Years Go Passing By' showcases a haunting harmonica lead-in and Cabrera's sensitive vocal.

Randall Grass - Shanachi Records

Solid Stuff!
Solid Stuff from Michael Packer's Sweet Rhythm CD!

Staten Island Advance -Jodi Reifer

New York City Blues Tradition
Fashioned in what Packer calls the New York City Blues tradition, this album features gems such as 'The Thrill Has Gone', 'Killing Floor' as well as originals. Textured like a vintage vinyl record Packer's voice reverberates over dense instrumentals.His tunes alternately swing and ooze with mood.This CD is who Packer is.

Megumi S.

If you like blues, I recommand "Sweet Rhythm".

WPKN.89.5 FM - Bill Nolan

DOESN'T GET ANY BETTER THEN THAT !!!!!!!!!!
We played the "Sweet Rhythm' CD all the way through.We received a nice positive response. The fans were having a ball getting off as if they were in the nitespot with you and your great sounding blues band It doesn't get any better then that!

IRIS MUSIC GROUP - Alan Lorber

TERRIFIC!
Truly a great album.True,real,wonderful capture of live spontaneous performances you don't always get with live albums since when the tape rolls it becomes a conscious thing,not the case here.Recording sound excellent,punchy,good growl and guts.Terrific!

LIVING BLUES MAGAZINE MC

IMPASSIONED!
Recorded February 1, 2006 at NYC's Sweet Rhythm jazz club in Greenwich Village, this effort by the Michael Packer's Blues Band is an impassioned one. Packer and company give it their all to the seven tunes - many of which Blues fans already know and love like Howling Wolf's 'Killing Floor' and BB King's 'The Thrill Has Gone' and 'Knock Myself Out' written and first popularized by Lil' Green in the early 1940'snd later by Michael Bloomfield. The latter of these tunes clocks in at over 10 minutes and features gritty solos by everyone in the band. The biographical 'Born in NYC' written by Packer shuffles along and features Felix Cabrera smoking away on harp. This live album is a fine introduction to anyone curious about the New York City blues scene and the Michael Packer Blues Band's groove-filled sound.
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