Review: Patti Parks – Cheat ‘n’ Man

Posted on: Wednesday, Mar 19, 2014

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Patti Parks – Cheat ‘N’ Man

Buffalo, New York based Patti has a strong, sensual and flexible voice that can range from the fine, straight ahead sassy, brassy blues of the title track (with excellent sax work by Boby Serette and a particularly fierce guitar solo from Charles Buffamanti) – this could have appeared on Malaco in its heyday, think Denise LaSalle maybe – to the heartfelt string laden ‘Mama’.

Big band blues is the order of the day with the jumping opener ‘Baby Don’t You Know’, Chicago blues with ‘Back Off’ and the slow blues of ‘It Ain’t Right’ shows how soulful she can be – and there’s another gut-wrenching solo from Charles. Patti can also come over with a cool and jazz tinged ‘Everyday’ or strut the blues with an inviting ‘Whatcha Gonna Do’.

Note too that Patti wrote all nine numbers on the CD – no covers, just a bunch of entertaining songs. She has won the Buffalo “Best Blues Female Vocalist” award for the last two years and this makes it obvious just why!

NORMAN DARWEN

www.pattiparks.com

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