Backed by his Rocket 88s, ivoriesmeister Mitch Woods presented a high energy rollicking tour of boogie, jump blues, swing, and New Orleans R&B through the Republic of Turkey to a very enthusiastic audience. Not only was the string of five weeks of gigs caught on CD but ya gits ya a nifty full-length DVD as well, loaded with extras, the kind of twofer that, frankly, I can't get enough of (especially when, as here, you're further treated to extra songs not on the CD).
One of my all-time fave blooz cutz is Eddie Boyd & Willie Dixon's Third Degree, which gets a rockin' treatment that quickly settles into bayou plaint. West, Bruce, & Laing did the asskickin'est version ever heard, but Woods injects a lot more soul than WBL were ever capable of (mainly 'cause Leslie West gets rough and nasty when he gets down, which is not a soul forte) and lays some jazz in as well, especially thanks to saxist Amadee Castenell who ratchets the middle eight back up to where Adam Gabriel's guitar had torn things up in the intro. Of course Gabriels couldn't control himself while laying out for the intervening measures and comes blazing right back in. This plugs Woods right into the closest electrical outlet, 240 volts worth, with bassist Cornell Williams shouting out the final measures, sending a chill up the spine.
The penultimate CD cut is a 10-minute romp, In the Night / Lambaya Puf De which incorporates Arabic modes and tempi in the mid-section along with Western staples. The guys strut and frolic almost like an old 70s concert pastiche, laying conventions aside to stir things up. Naturally, the entire event is heightened appreciably when you can watch the goings-on and get even more infected with the vibes and enthusiasm, so throw on the DVD when yer at home and need a good dose of lively sounds, then tote the CD into the car and get some good front-seat boogie time in while you make your way to the office.
Edited by: David N. Pyles
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