Review: Rhythm Zoo – Crazy Kitten Blues

Posted on: Sunday, Jan 9, 2011

RZ CD

RHYTHM ZOO
“Crazy Kitten Blues”
(self-release)

The Shropshire/Cheshire-based band Rhythm Zoo have recently released this six-track cd, “Crazy Kitten Blues” . . . a follow-up to their earlier live “Hook, Line & Sinker” album. They are fronted by the sultry, classy vocals of Andi Jones, with the rest of the band comprising Carl Smith (guitar), Dave Wilmore (bass) and Dermot Hall (drums), with guest saxophone from John Sanderson.

Indeed it’s Sanderson’s saxophone that kicks proceedings off here on a jazz-tinged take on “Who’s Been Sleeping In My Bed”, which is followed by the title cut, “Crazy Kitten Blues”, an original blues from the band, with nice vocal from Andi Jones and Carl Smith shining on guitar, as he does on a tasteful cover of the timeless “I Need Your Love So Bad”, the Little Willie John song that became immortalised by Fleetwood Mac’s version, and the band have recorded a really fine rendition here, complete with more top saxophone from John Sanderson.

Shemekia Copeland is a big favourite of Andi Jones, and here the band perform the rocking “Wild, Wild Woman, the Hahn & Hudson song . . . with more fiery fretwork from Carl Smith. The afore-mentioned “Hook, Line & Sinker” is reprised here, it being another Rhythm Zoo original song, as is the closing “See You Again”, a soulful shuffle that is driven by the rhythm section of Dave Wilmore and Dermot Hall, who are solid as they come throughout, with the jazzy saxophone of John Sanderson catching the ear again.

Last year saw the band build up their live dates and also their profile despite personnel changes and an unsettled line-up, and it looks as if 2011 will be another strong year for this fine local band, who are sure to be at a venue near you . . . check them out!

GRAHAME RHODES

www.rhythm-zoo.com

For further information call Dave on 07916 971200 or email the band at enquiries@rhythm-zoo.com

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