Review: Giles Robson and the Dirty Aces – PROMO

Posted on: Friday, Jan 7, 2011


(Three track promo)

Young Jersey-based harmonica player and singer, Giles Robson, has been making waves over the last couple of years on the blues scene – both as frontman to The Dirty Aces, and also as one of the UK bands of choice backing Mud Morganfield, a son of the late, great Muddy Waters – gaining plaudits from such greats as Sugar Blue.

What we have here is a three-track promo from a forthcoming full-length release, “Crooked Heart Of Mine”, scheduled for release in spring. Without knowing what has gone on band-wise, the original rhythm section has been replaced by the crack pairing of Ian Jennings (bass) and Mike Hellier (drums), with original guitarist Filip Kozlowski still on board as the perfect foil to Giles Robson smoking harmonica work and vocals, whose name now precedes the band.

The three tracks here are hopefully a strong indication of the quality to come, kicking off with the strutting “The Mighty Incinerator” –  Kozlowski’s guitar laying down an almost Thames Delta, Canvey Island feel, with tough vocal and harmonica from Giles Robson, who incidentally, penned all three songs here along with Filip Kozlowski.

“Swindler For You” has a tougher, almost rock edge to it, and again, dominated by Robson’s harmonica, and fierce guitar solo from Filip Kozlowski. The closing instrumental, “Solidor” is a sweet, tasteful number and a showcase again for Robson, blowing some gorgeous harmonica over some fine playing by the experienced rhythm section of Ian Jennings and Mike Hellier.

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