Review: Arthur Adams – Stomp the Floor

Posted on: Monday, Jan 18, 2010

Arthur Adams

Arthur Adams – Stomp the Floor
Delta Groove DGPCD135

This is the latest release from Delta Groove featuring 69 year old Arthur Adams from Medon, Tennessee who has previously released work on Blind Pig.

He has had a varied and interesting career having decamped to LA in 1964 where he worked as a session guitarist with artists as diverse as Lowell Fulson, Henry Mancini, Nancy Wilson, Hugh Masakela and Jerry Garcia.

In latter years he played and wrote for Nina Simone and has also been associated with his close friend BB King and is band leader at BB’s LA blues club.

This release is definitely a cd that grows on playing and is a a lovely collection of soul drenched blues all written by Adams with some collaboration on five of the twelve tracks.

The opening title track starts in a nice groove, quite funky with some lovely clean guitar and some great soul vocals reminiscent of a 60s soul sound.

You Can’t Win For Losing is a bluesier number with a great brass backing again demostrating great vocals in it’s catchy title line.

Next track Don’t Let the Door Hit You demonstrates the influence BB King has had on Adams with some lovely licks that the man from Indianola would have been proud of.  Blues at its best.

The mood changes to a mellow smooth ballad on I Know What You Mean. A nice soul number with a soul brother chorus giving again a 60s feel to the song.

So Sweet is again a dose of lovely soul drenched harmonies with the same retro feel with You Got That Right the first of three instrumentals demonstrating a lovely foot tapping mellow swing guitar style.

Calling Heaven is a slow soulful number registering the full range of Adams’s vocals whilst The Nature of the Beast is another slow number but bluesier than the previous track.

The tempo raises a little on Thrive On Your Vibe but keeps the soulful feel of the disc again with harmonising backing vocals whilst the tempo drops again on You Are Invited in a lovely slow soul ballad.

The penultimate track Around the Sun, the 2nd instrumental is again a slower track and similar in style to You Got That Right whilst the final track Blue Roots is again an instrumental in a slightly faster style than the other two but again Adams’s lovely controlled guitar licks come through.

All in all this a fine listenable cd with some excellent tracks which demonstrate a crisp, neat guitar style and some lovely soul vocals. A slight criticism would be that the 3 instrumental tracks give the impression of making up the numbers as they are fairly similar – perhaps one would have sufficed. Nontheless, a well produced cd which as I say, grows on you after a number of plays.

PETE EVANS

http://www.deltagrooveproductions.com/

http://www.arthuradamsband.com/

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