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Bernard ALLISON – Chills & Thrills 2008

Posted in Bernard ALLISON, BLUES on December 23, 2010 by whoisthemonk

Bernard ALLISON – Chills & Thrills 2008

Blues

When I sat down to review Bernard Allison’s new CD, it came as something of a shock to realize that Luther Allison’s young son is now 43 years old and has been recording for close to twenty years. For his latest effort, which was recorded in New Hope, Minnesota in the autumn of 2007, he’s joined by Eric Gales on second guitar, Rusty Hall on keyboards, Jassen Wilber on bass and Mario Dawson on drums.

A catchy guitar riff launches the opening title track and continues to drive a hard-hitting funk beat that underpins solos by both guitarists, Allison’s sounding like it was played through a Magnatone amp ala Robert Ward or Lonnie Mack. Jagged funk rhythms also propel  “When I’m Gone”, where Gales takes the vocal, “Just My Guitar And Me” with its introductory lick coming straight from the Mississippi Delta, “Black & White” and “Groove With Me”. Alison slows the tempo to good effect on “So Devine”, a sort of update blues ballad, and the two versions of his dad’s “Serious”. There are also covers of Luther’s “Compromising For Your Needs”, the daunting “That’s Why I’m Crying” from Magic Sam and “Boogie Man” from Freddy King, while Allison channels King’s former valet Tyrone Davis on the easy-loping “Missing Tyrone”. The sinuous “Heart Of St. Paul”, from the pen of Andy Bailey, rounds out the program and provides a platform for one of Allison’s best performances.

This disc confirms that Bernard Allison is doing his father proud and has become one of the few bluesmen whose every release is worth a listen
By Jim DeKoster.
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This is an excellent disc, and it seems Bernard has finally made his best work. He truly has found that mix of soul, blues, and electric guitar that is natural-his masterpiece. Eric Gales is the second guitarist on this album, and really adds something organic to this disc. Eric Gales is a great artist on his own, but his outstanding guitar work on this disc is to add compliment to Bernard Allison’s groove. If you are a blues or guitar fan, this is an album to own.
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Guitar-slinging progeny of the great Chicago bluesman Luther Allison, Bernard Allison has proved that great music runs in the blood with a series of high power urban blues albums. Beginning with the viciously funky title track, CHILLS & THRILLS immediately kicks the party into overdrive, briefly letting up only to get a bit jammy (“So Devine”) or momentarily reflective (“Compromising for Your Needs”).
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Bernard Allison- (Vocals, Guitar);
Jose James- (Soprano and Tenor Sax);
Jassen Wilber- (bass Guitar);
Eric Gales- (Vocals, Guitar);
Bruce McCabe- (Piano, Clavinet);
Rusty Hall- (Piano, organ, Synthesizer);
Mario Dawson- (Drums);
Kathleen Johnson- (Background Vocals).
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01. Chills & Thrills 4:37
02. Boogie Man 4:14
03. So Devine 4:26
04. When I’m Gone 4:12
05. Missing Tyrone 5:01
06. Just My Guitar And Me 6:12
07. Compromising For Your Needs 4:13
08. Black & White 3:29
09. Serious 5:31
10. Heart Of St. Paul 3:20
11. That’s Why I’m Crying 5:26
12. Groove With Me 4:03
13. Serious (after Hours) 5:42
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