Review: Dave Fields – Time’s a wastin’

Posted on: Friday, Mar 7, 2008

Time’s A Wastin’
(FMI Records)

From New York City come this second release, “Time’s A Wastin'” – his first blues album – from multi-instrumentalist, composer and producer, Dave Fields. Son of noted composer, arranger and producer Sammy “Forever” Fields, a prominent figure in the 1950’s, it is probably no surprise that Dave followed in his footsteps and was destined for a musical career.

Twelve rocking originals feature mainly his sterling guitar work – with some fine piano as well. The album kicks off with the rockabilly feel of “Let’s Get Shakin'”, with lashings of fluid guitar work; followed by the mid-tempo “Keep It Up”, with some nice harmonica from Rob Paparozzi; and the atmospheric “You Don’t Know”, a ballad with a soulful vocal.

The horn-driven funk of “Don’t Look At Me That Way” rides a nice groove, followed by the wry “Rabbi Blues” – more nice horns and slide guitar. The laid-back jazzy groove of “Frenzy” shows the guy’s versatility, and is followed by the long “DF’s Blues” – with its New Orleans rhumba and some nice Leslie guitar and more spiky soloing, with a fine performance from the rhythm section of Mark Greenberg and Brett Bass.

“I’ll Do You Right” is a straight-forward rocker with gritty guitar intro and “Rockin’ At The Barbecue” features a nice groove, not a million miles from Eric Clapton’s “Lay Down Sally”. The album finishes with Fields switching to acoustic resonator guitar on the straight country blues of “The Cure” – a nice ending to a very pleasant offering.


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