Stephen Dale Petit – Massive disappointment

Posted on: Thursday, Feb 23, 2006

Ok so I’m sitting here, Jonesy has finished and I’m listening to this week’s Dave Raven’s podcast available here. Dave says that there’s a tune coming up that mixes old with new. My ears prick up – I love sample-based music and the blues are closest to me heart. The tune will be by Stephen Dale Petit so I stop typing and sit back to listen.
The song starts, I recognise the sample immediately (from The London Howling Wolf Sessions I think). “Cool” thinks I, this guy is going to create something new and exciting, modern but blues-based (a little like one of my favourites Rick Holmstrom’s Hydraulic Groove). Was I in for a shock? Imagine four and a half minutes of dull guitar-wank workout over the top of one looped groove — He’s going to be huge! *sigh*.
Check it out from Raven ‘n’ Blues – 3rd song in. Crap!


Jimmy Baudelaire

March 12th, 2006 at 19:57
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Yup, some people think it’s the easy one – create a loop and then solo over it. Very few artists have achieved anything significant using blues sampling or developing blues/dance crossover. Best examples: (the late, great) RL Burnside; Little Axe; Jeff Beck’s version of Rollin’ and Tumblin’; some of Moby’s stuff.

I think, however, that there is more territory to be explored here.

Jimmy Baudelaire of
The Baudelaire Brothers



March 13th, 2006 at 20:27
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I agree 100%.
Just as when blues is mixed with jazz there is that fantastic sweet spot right in the middle, surely the same must apply between blues and dance.

I reckon that Rick Holmstrom got it right a couple of years ago when he released his Hydraulic Groove CD.


jimmy baudelaire

April 5th, 2006 at 21:14
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Check out also the latest Son of Dave album, O2. Stripped down harmonica and beatbox that is true to the tradition yet breaking new ground.