Hoo-boy, this guy sprints straight back to the prime 70s/80s bluesrock era with nary a restraint! I've lately been reading a lot about axeslingers supposedly taking up SRV's mantle and have been plainly skeptical—perhaps a little abusive in some instances—but Sean Chambers vaults over all those cats and lays out the program. Leave us remember, brethren, that Stevie and Frank Marino were the prime carriers of Jimi's light (Uli Jon Roth, Randy Hansen, and the rest can go take a leap) because they knew just what the hell that meant, and, Jesus Christ, can Chambers take up the slack and crank! Knows how to warble too.
Part of the many rough charms of this CD is a conscientious restraint from very much studio tweaking, overdubs being kept to a minimum. This puts a crackling electricity back into the air, emulating a live-in-studio vibe very closely, clearing the decks for the straight-out wailing everywhere in abundance. Sean's leads are burning, loaded up with psychedelifunk, and brimful of the Hendrix improv magic. Just like the Experience, the basic unit here is a threesome (Tim Blair on bass and some co-writing creds, Paul Broderick on traps) to which a number of sessioneers are added, usually one to a track. Gary Keith tosses in fierce harmonica on two numbers (and I look forward to a lot more on future discs; this guy has a big ol' honkin' harmonica heart) and Jack Henriquez slides in ultra-cool Tejas booze barn piano on You're Gonna Miss Me, a song shedding light on Chambers' Johnny Winters influence.
Be prepared for non-stop guitar pyrotechnics on Ten Til Midnight. Chambers is in no mood to take things easy and just lays it on thick an' smokin'. He toured with Hubert Sumlin, the esteemed elder gent's musical director and guitarist for five years, and not only learned at his feet but ran way ahead in the lesson book and wrote a few new chapters as well. It just doesn't get much better than this.
Edited by: David N. Pyles
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