Review: Big Papa And The TCB – Six Pack Of Cool

Posted on: Monday, Apr 8, 2013

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Big Papa And The TCB – Six Pack Of Cool

(Inland Blue: IBR001018)

California blues often has a swing element to it, but on this set, singer/ fleet-fingered guitarist Chris “Big Papa” Thayer and his big, brassy cohorts come across almost as a revitalised vintage Louis Jordan & His Tympany Five. These guys have been playing together since 2006 and have appeared with many big names such as Robert Cray, Coco Montoya and The Fabulous Thunderbirds.

They have a wonderfully warm, jumping, jiving sound, and a sense of humour that shines through every now and then. They can still get low-down though – try the West-side Chicago sound of their cover of The Mighty Flyers’ doomy ‘Murder In The First Degree’.

The remaining tracks are all original compositions though, and, with the exception of the gospel flavoured closer ‘My Way Back Home’, the overall approach is far more upbeat and always beautifully controlled, with the majority of the 13 numbers clocking in at between three and four minutes.

This is jump blues without the frenzy that sometimes spoils the fun – rarely has an album been more aptly titled…

NORMAN DARWEN

www.bptcb.com

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