Straight-ahead Blues record here from Chicago veteran Rene Trossman. Touches on many styles of blues here, including an R&B number (Track 6).
11 Tracks, 9 Original Compositions - Words and Music by Rene Trossman. 2 Blues instrumental cover songs.
Produced; Recorded; Mixed and Mastered by Jan Korinek.
Horns on 7 tracks, horn arrangements by Osian Roberts.
Rene Trossman - Guitar; Vocals
Jan Korinek - B-3 Hammond Organ; Bass (Tracks 6 & 7)
Jan Tengler - Bass (All tracks except 6 & 7)
Martin Novak - Drums
Osian Roberts - Tenor Saxophone
Miroslav Hloucal - Trumpet
Jan "JJ" Jirucha - Trombone
Karel "Charlie" Slavik - Harmonica (Tracks 4 & 8)
Lenka Novotna - Vocals (Track 6)
Recorded at Reel Blues Studios, Revnice, Czech Republic
Quotes from Reviews of I'M ON A ROLL
"Overall, a well done album with plenty of variety and a lot of obvious care taken in the arrangements and performances. Everyone plays well, and often very well. It impressed me that you have so many originals on this album, and well-constructed and literate songs. There's a lot to be proud of here. Thank you for sharing the fine music."
Bruce Iglauer – President, Alligator Records
"“Steeped in U.S.A. Blues club sounds, big, brassy, with a little hint of Fenton Robinson, and a lot of Buddy Scott. Elsewhere the astute listener might detect a touch of Freddie King, and Albert King too, and a smidgeon of Otis Rush.”"
Norman Darwen - Blues and Rhythm Magazine (U.K.) May - 2012
"“Rene has managed to produce a CD which authentic, classic blues and an absolute delight to the ears... With excellent horn arrangements, plenty of clean guitar lines and some solid original songs, there is a lot to like about this CD and I recommend it wholeheartedly."
John Mitchell - Blues Blast Magazine (U.K.)
"Without any doubt, Rene plays authentic Chicago blues with clear links to modern blues, which gives him that extra “something special”. In fact, everyone who likes Blues musicians like Duke Robillard, Lurrie Bell and Ronnie Earl, you're definitely in the right place. If you love the blues, especially the Chicago Blues, without any mimicking, check out the CD, “I'm On a Roll” by Rene Trossman. It delivers the “Chicago sound” unconditionally."
Milan Loncar – Soundguardian.com (Croatia)
"His new CD further strengthens the recognition that he deserves as a talented guitarist and composer. Each title on Rene Trossman's CD is a fire by itself. Rene delivers rough, hardcore blues, full of vitamins that remove the pulp from your mind. With Rene it's not fake, the guy plays the Blues as he lives it, as he feels it deep inside him, directly connected with his origins and his Chicago Blues. A CD that imposes itself as the natural continuation of his first CD (Postmarked Illinois) with class and energy. Awesome!"
Frankie Pfieffer – Mr. Pfieffer writes for: Blues Magazine (France); Paris Move (France); Blues Matters Magazine (U.K.)
"Nice to listen, with a beer in your hand. You'll forget your daily worries. Good advice isn't cheap, so, if possible buy Rene Trossman's latest CD - I'm On a Roll.”"
Wim Velderman - Keys and Chords Magazine (NL)
"The blues at its best starting with the title track.... The CD (I'm On a Roll – Rene Trossman) reflects the musical journey of a great songwriter whose inspiration came from the Chicago Blues. Lovers of retro blues arrangements will be pampered here."
Rejean Nadon - Le Net Blues (France)
"This is a full-blown, lush sounding Chicago Blues experience, featuring the swirling Hammond of long-time collaborator Jan Korinek, the funky clipped bass of Jan Tengler. and a horn section with enough punch to win a barroom fight. The album makes you feel good.... Nine of the eleven songs are originals, and creativity was clearly high when they were written. No fillers, and all good stuff."
Tony Emerson – Prague Jazz Blog