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Big GILSON & The Wolf with Blues Dynamite – Bring It Back Home 2006

Posted in Big GILSON, BLUES on December 16, 2010 by whoisthemonk

Big GILSON & The Wolf with Blues Dynamite – Bring It Back Home 2006


Big Gilson: bears the distinction of being acclaimed by such greats as B.B. King and Buddy Guy. He has appeared at Buddy Guy’s famous Legends, The Blue Note – New York and many other top venues. Called the king of the slide guitar – this is truly justified – but this should not be allowed to detract from his superb mastery of all forms of guitar playing – the guy is a genius! Strangely enough he does not hail from Memphis or Chicago but from Rio de Janeiro – he really is bringing the blues back homeThe Wolf: his emotive passionate and powerful vocals combine with an amazing stage presence. This has brought about a cult following and the media and radio presenters in the USA and other countries throughout the world have praised his work.
His vocals mirror life’s experiences – making him one of the best contemporary songwriters in his genre. Wolf hails not from the deep south of the USA but from the deep south of the UK!
Several months ago, we had the good fortune to be sent a CD for review from “across the pond,” by way of Kent, UK, from one of Britain’s most renowned bluesmen, The Wolf, entitled “Howlin’ For You.” An Argentine DJ played it for his audience, and it caught the ear of one of Brazil’s top blues guitarists, Big Gilson.
After an exchange of ideas, the two bluesmen combined the talents of two continents, and the result truly does “Bring It Back Home!” The Wolf’s powerful vocals are the perfect complement to Big Gilson’s mastery of not only the slide guitar, but all forms of guitar playing as well.
This set has nine originals with lyrics penned by the Wolf and his lovely Muse and life partner, Gillian Anderson. Big Gilson handled the music and arrangements, and his backing band, Blues Dynamite, are the other players herein. They are Otavio Rocha on rhythm guitar, Pedro Leao on bass, and Beto Werther on drums.
This is a great showcase for the undeniable world-wide popularity that blues music enjoys. The leadoff “What’s Wrong With That” has some fine slide work over Wolf’s growling vocal that is an excellent sampling of Gilson’s knowledge of the Delta masters. The rocking “Hint Of A Smile” is a sly barroom tale of a young lady who’s really “stacked in the back!” “Lulu’s Boogie” rocks from start to finish, while a softer, Allman-esque “Black Haired Lady” is an ode to Gilson’s wife Helena, and the Wolf brings this one home with a very soulful, expressive reading.
We had three favorites, tho. The fellows really got into a cover of “I’m Tore Down,” while another feel-good party anthem, “Mine All Mine,” has the theme of bringin’ your own booty, because, as the Wolf explains, the lady he’s with is strictly “hands off” to anyone else! And, the slow-blues of “Ramshackle Town” features an incredible solo from Big Gilson, which was, for us, one of the highlights of the set.
Wolf and Gilson have combined their stellar talents from halfway across the globe to truly “Bring It Back Home” for all blues fans! Hopefully, they’ll make it to our neck of the woods soon! Until next time….
Don & Sheryl Crow.
01.What’s Wrong with That 3:42
02.Bring It Back Home 5:26
03.Hint of a Smile 4:05
04.Ramshackle Town 4:38
05.Mine All Mine 3:45
06.Hoochie Coochie Man 4:40
07.Slidin’ Around 0:56
08.Praise the Lord 4:04
09.Black Haired Lady 5:04
10.Lulu Boogie 2:37
11.I’m Tore Down 3:24

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