Review: Loz Netto Band – Bridge Of Dreams

Posted on: Wednesday, Oct 27, 2010

THE LOZ NETTO BAND
“Bridge Of Dreams”
(Feral Boy Records – LNPCD08)

Guitarist and singer Loz Netto has had a long and varied career in music, from recording and touring with the likes of Sniff ‘N’ The Tears and Moon, to solo records on Atlantic Records and being involved in television and movie soundtracks. After a lengthy period out of music and relocating to Brighton, he returned to recording a couple of years ago and released the bluesy “Replay” album, now comes this new release with his newly formed band . . . Nigel Ball (bass and backing vocals) and Rob Kenny (drums).

“Bridge Of Dreams” is a nine-track album  – three originals and six covers – recorded at various venues and in a rehearsal studio over the last two years, with no overdubs and nothing beyond two takes, just the trio playing live, all featuring Netto’s tough guitar and vocals and the driving rhythm section behind him, just three musicians enjoying themselves!

The opening title cut, “Bridge Of Dreams”, is an instrumental dominated by Loz Netto’s guitar, an atmospheric, moody piece, with the pace taken up on a rocking version of the John Lee Hooker classic “This Is Hip”, with some fine slide guitar work. A more contemporary bluesman, Keb Mo’ is covered on a driving “Am I Wrong”, before a ‘doff of the cap’ to one of Netto’s musical heroes, the late, great Lowell George of Little Feat, on the timeless “Dixie Chicken”, which grooves along nicely courtesy of the slide guitar and the rhythm section of Nigel Ball and Rob Kenny.

The band stay in the same territory on a funky version of a tune Little Feat used to cover, penned by the great New Orleans legend Allen Toussaint, “On Your Way Down”. They steam through Johnny Cash’s “Get Rhythm”, very much in the style of the Ry Cooder arrangement, before the album closes with a couple of originals – another slide guitar showcase on “Wild”, with a rockabilly backbeat, and some more driving funk on the closing live cut “What U Dun” . .. it’s five and a half minutes giving the trio plenty of time and space to stretch out.

GRAHAME RHODES

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