Review: Will Tang – Blues

Posted on: Wednesday, Sep 1, 2010

Will Tang Blues

(Zen Music – ZM01010)

With the exception of the final track, the thirteen tracks of this album were all recorded live in Hong Kong – three in 1998, three in 1999 and five in 2002. The final track was recorded at Parr Street Studios in Liverpool in 2004. In the words of Rochdale-born singer/harmonica player Will Tang on the cover notes, most of the recorded performances were spontaneous and improvised with nothing (including the lyrics) worked out beforehand.

Alongside some rambling efforts that underline the unplanned nature of the recording sessions, there are some excellent tracks that showcase Will Tang’s impressive harmonica technique and the superb guitar playing of Patrick Murdoch. The opening track, “Walkin’ Around” is a rousing rocker that boasts fine embellishment on harp and guitar and a tasty bass line from John French. Other highlights are “Liddle Stella”, an acoustic shuffle, and the funky edged “She’s Mine”. There are also four slow blues, of which “Make My Way” is particularly attractive with more excellent solos on harp and guitar.

Given the spontaneous nature of the recordings, the album is almost inevitably of variable quality. Nevertheless, there is an abundance of instrumental artistry to demonstrate the considerable talents of both Tang and Murdoch.

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Lionel Ross

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