Review: The Paul Garner Band – 3 Get Ready

Posted on: Monday, Sep 23, 2013

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The Paul Garner Band – 3 Get Ready

(Progressive Roots: PR0011)

Here’s a fine release from New Zealand-born guitarist Paul Garner and his band, which actually first saw the light of day in 2012, but has been ‘re-pushed’ by Outlaw PR, so it is a sort of re-release for “3 Get Ready” – and it is well worthy of investigation, being a little different from a standard blues release, with the ‘jazzy shuffle’ to the fore, which can not be a bad thing!

The Paul Garner Band has been around, based in London, since 2006. Their first album, “What Colour Will You See” was recorded in 2009 and was very well received on its release. The band trimmed down to a trio in 2011, with keyboard man Claudio Corona handling bass duties with his left hand!

This latest release was recorded live in the studio, and as noted was originally released in July 2012, supported by constant touring both in clubs and on the festival circuit. Making up the band is drummer Jason Ribeiro, completing a very fine trio of musicians along with Garner and Corona.

The ten tracks here are a mix of Paul Garner originals and some interesting covers, kicking off with a funky re-working of Willie Dixon’s “My Babe”, and a super take on the Jennings/Hooper composition “Never Make A Move Too Soon”, covered by the likes of BB King, Bonnie Raitt and Joe Bonamassa, in which Paul Garner stretches out with a glorious lengthy guitar solo which shows off his lovely economical style.

The first of two Bob Dylan tunes, “Lay Lady Lay” is given a bold slow blues treatment which works; this is followed by the lovely jazzy shuffle of “Police Dog Blues”, a song dating all the way back to the immortal Blind Blake – some sparking keyboard work here from Claudio Corona and the great drum work from Jason Ribeiro.

Paul Garner’s own “Blue Morning Light” rides on a funky guitar and keyboard riff, with his “Louisiana Blues” following – again in a funky, soulful groove. The original “Another Day In New Orleans” capture the flavour of ‘The Crescent City’ as Ribeiro works a nice rumba feel, with the guitar and keyboards effective but not overdone on top. Paul Garner has a serviceable voice, probably a ‘work in progress’, but more than makes up for it with his playing.

Definitely an outfit to catch when they head your way . . . highly recommended!

GRAHAME RHODES

www.paul-garner.com

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