CD Review - The Snowy White Blues Project - In Our Time - Live
CD Review - The Snowy White Blues Project - In our time - Live
CD Review – The Snowy White Blues Project – In our time – Live
8 out 10
Snowy White leads his well drilled four piece band through a series of blues originals and covers on his latest album.
A career has both a successful solo artist and sideman has seen White plying his trade on many albums and stages, but I suspect that the live stage with a band of this calibre is his natural home.
There is strong guitar work through the whole of this album, from the Claptonesque phrasing that opens ‘Good Morning Blues’ or the Peter Green sounds that features on many of the Fleetwood Mac founder’s members songs that features on some of this album.
The recording is of a high quality, with clear balance and separation between tracks, whilst the appreciative audience is heard on many of the tracks. Guitar solos are shared between Snowy White and Matt Taylor, with differing sounds used to highlight the player’s strengths, whilst the rhythm section of Ruud Weber Jr on Bass and Vocals and Drummer and percussion player Roy Martin provide sensitive, colourful accompaniment throughout. An 8 minute version of Matt Taylor’s title track ‘In our time of living’ is a master-class in band interplay and taste.
The tracks, written by Bass Player Rudd Weber Jr are of a universally high quality, from the wah-wah infused ‘Simple’ to the strong album opener of ‘Blue to the Bone’.
An acoustic interlude features a strong version of Skip James ‘I’m so glad’ with its melodic slide guitar part, and the Sonny Terry and Brownie McGee ‘Walk on’.
Two of Peter Green songs are also featured, with ‘Long Grey Mare’ being a full band arrangement, whilst set closer ‘World Keeps on Turning’ is a solo performance for Snowy White, and shows his pedigree as a performer.