Review: Babajack – Rooster
Posted on: Sunday, Mar 18, 2012
(Kross Border Rekords KBR20121)
Babajack is an increasingly popular acoustic blues roots/folk trio from Malvern. The band comprises Trever Steger on acoustic, resonator and winebox guitars and harmonica, Becky Tate on distinctively attractive, lilting vocals, African drum, cahon and stomp and Marc Miletitch on double bass.
Rooster, Babajack’s third album, contains eleven tracks, one written by Trever Seger, eight by Tate and Seger, one by the full trio, with acknowledgement to Charley Patton, and one cover. On the CD, the trio is joined by violinist Alan Cooper and by vocalist Becky Blockley on two and three tracks respectively
The album opens with a couple of upbeat numbers, “The Money’s All Gone” and “Plenty More Fish”, both of which suggest shades of “Black Betty” embellished with an Old Grey Whistle Test harmonica riff. The pace is slowed with “Burn All The Bridges” while “Skin And Bones” rattles along in grand style.
The folksy “Crying For Home” is followed by “Raine’s Song” a short, gentle instrumental, while “Sunday Afternoon” and “Rooster Blues” revert to the opening beat of the album. The one cover version on the CD is an excellent, rousing rendition of “Gallows Pole”, with Trever Seger adding his gritty vocals into the mix. The fast-moving “Don’t Get Me Wrong” boasts jazzy overtones before the somewhat plaintive, Patton-inspired “Som’ These Days” brings the collection to a close.
The album provides clear evidence of the trio’s wholehearted energy, which is a significant feature of their live performances, and gives a flavour of why they are in demand right across the British blues scene.
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